4.5, 347 votes
Pokemon is a very popular video game series and has millions of fans around the world. For this reason, the developer Niantic has also come up with a concept to bring the typical Pokemon feeling to the players' own smartphones. In Pokemon GO, you can try your hand at collecting the colorful pocket monsters yourself.
The game is a so-called AR game. AR stands for "Augmented Reality", which means "adapted reality". In Pokemon GO, you don't go to Alabastia or the Kanto region like in other games. Instead, you'll find the monsters everywhere around you. They are in the middle of the street, just waiting for their chance to prove themselves to a good trainer. This is where you come in.
Equipped with a smartphone, you go on a monster hunt. The device serves as a kind of Pokemon glasses to find the colorful monsters. Only when you capture a Pokemon with the smartphone camera will it be visible to you.
As in the predecessors, you can fight a found monster and catch it with a Pokeball to add it to your collection. Patience is sometimes required, however, because not all monsters will willingly hop into the ball. Once you've done it, though, you can train your new addition, teach it skills and feed it so it grows big and strong.
Strength is important. Because in the Pokemon arenas you can perform legendary Pokemon duels against friends or other players. Your monsters will duel with all their resources, so you can hope for great rewards at the end.
Collecting monsters in Pokemon GO is pretty simple. The game shows you where you are in the world on a small map. Using your GPS data and the saved server data, it determines where a Pokemon's closest location is. This may be just a few meters away, or you may have to travel a good distance before the game tells you that you're in the right place. But if you then pull out your camera and scan the area, the Pokemon will quickly become visible.
At the bottom of the field you will find a Pokeball. With a swipe you can throw this ball to catch the Pokemon. You can weaken it beforehand, so that it is easier to catch. You can always carry a small selection of your monsters with you and send them into battle when needed. The Pokemon will then use the attacks they learned in your training to incapacitate their opponent.
For successfully fighting and capturing them, you'll advance in Pokemon GO's trainer level. This allows you to unlock new storage space for your monsters, for example, or to secure items that can be helpful for raising and training your Pokemon.
However, it only gets really exciting when you are in PVP mode. Then you can fight duels with friends, acquaintances or other Pokemon GO players in your immediate vicinity. Each of you can put together a team of three Pokemon and send them into battle. The player who eliminates his opponent's three Pokemon first wins the duel. In addition to experience points, rewards such as coins or consumable items await you.
Pokemon GO is a phenomenon that inspires thousands of fans. It's exciting when you first have to go in search of Pokemon and can't sit comfortably on the sofa to do it. There are places almost everywhere in the world where you can find the little monsters. However, if you live in a rural area, you'll have to expect a longer walk or drive. This is because most Pokemon locations are in cities and urban centers.
Training and battling with your Pokemon then again have a charm all their own. On the one hand, you can see in the battles what your digital battle monsters are really capable of. On the other hand, you can find out how good you really are as a Pokemon trainer.
However, some users complain that it's hard to find certain monsters. In fact, Pokemon GO has seasonal monsters that only appear for a limited time and only in certain regions. So, if you want to find and catch all the Pokemon, you'll have to travel around the world.
Overall, though, Pokemon GO is a game that is well worth playing. It's fun to search for the little monsters and fight with them. Besides, the game constantly gets new updates, so you won't get bored in between.
|Graphics / Sound||
|Utilisation / Gameplay||