Are You Ready For Pokémon GO?
This year’s biggest Pokémon game has turned out to be an app! The augmented reality title Pokémon GO has already taken the world by storm in the US as well as Australia, New Zealand and Japan – letting aspiring Pokémon trainers quest to catch ‘em all with their phones. The best news for longtime fans is the game only has the original 150 little monsters right now, who you might remember from the late, late 1990’s.
Although Pokémon GO isn’t yet out on Android and iPhone in the UK we’ve seen some amazing sighting of Pokémon in the wild, and, bizarrely in urban settings. There’s been a Squirtle crashing a funeral, a Ghastly behind the counter at a McDonalds and who could forget NIntendo boss Shigeru’s Miyamoto’s picture of a Magikarp in his frying pan.
The game lets you track down Pokémon using your camera and overlays them over the image you see on the phone – also, using GPS tracking, the game sends you out to Pokéstops and Pokémon Gyms, at some truly bizarre locations. One Police station in Australia has had to remind budding local trainers to ‘keep it outside’ looking for a highly coveted Sandshrew.
The game is set for a UK release soon, and is most likely going to become an ‘app of the year’ for people across the globe. We’ve even seen one post from an unnamed soldier who caught a Squirtle while fighting ISIS somewhere in the Middle East – and seemingly challenging the ruthless extremists to a Pokémon battle instead of further shooting.
The global rollout of Pokémon GO on Android and iPhone has been delayed as the servers are often crashing due to high demand, but for UK players who want to get it, our wait should not be awfully long, as popularity of the game across social media is somewhat intense. There are ways to change your region settings as well as get a ‘hacked’ version of the game on your phone, but we absolutely encourage patience in case both methods cause problems later.
One thing’s for sure though, when it comes to the original 150 Pokémon, the world’s love knows no bounds. See you out there when the game arrives, fellow trainers!