Pokemon Go Game
Pokemon Go is a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic. It was initially released in July 2016 for iOS and Android devices, starting with Australia, Asia and the United States, with European releases to follow.
The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokemon who appear throughout the real world. It makes use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices. Although the game is free-to-play, it supports in-app purchases of additional gameplay items. An optional companion Bluetooth wearable device, the Pokemon Go Plus, is planned for future release and will alert users when Pokemon are nearby.
The game received a mixed critical reception. However, it was the most downloaded smartphone app in the United States in its first three days of release and was a boon to Nintendo’s stock value.
How to Play Pokemon Go Game
After logging into the App for the first time, the player creates their avatar. The player can choose the avatar’s style, hair, skin, and eye color, and can choose from a limited number of outfits. After the avatar is created, it is displayed at the player’s current location along with a map of the player’s immediate surroundings.
Features on the map may include a number of PokeStops and Pokemon gyms. These are typically located at popular meeting places, such as memorials, places of worship, parks, and tourist attractions.
As players travel the real world, the avatar moves along the game’s map. Different Pokemon live in different areas of the world; for example,water-type Pokemon are generally found near water.
When a player encounters a Pokemon, they may view it either in augmented reality mode or with a pre-rendered background. AR mode uses the camera and gyroscope on the player’s mobile device to display an image of a Pokemon as though it were in the real world.
Players can also take pictures, using an in-game camera, of the Pokemon that they encounter both with and without the AR mode activated.
All Pokemon are displayed with a combat power. A Pokemon‘s combat power is a rough measure of how powerful that pokemon is in battle. Not all Pokemon of the same species will have the same CP. Generally as a player levels up they will catch Pokemon with higher CP.
Players earn experience points for various in-game activities. Players rise in level as they earn experience points. At level five, the player is able to battle at a Pokemon gym and join one of three teams (red for Team Valor, which uses Moltres as their mascot; blue for Team Mystic, which uses Articuno as their mascot; or yellow for Team Instinct, which uses Zapdos as their mascot) which act as larger factions within the Pokemon Go world.
If a player enters a Pokemon gym that is controlled by a player that is not part of their team, they can challenge the leader to lower the gym’s “prestige”. Once the prestige of a gym is lowered to zero then the player will take control of the gym and is able to deposit one Pokemon to defend it.
Similarly, a team can upgrade the prestige of a gym under their control by battling the gym leader.
Development of Pokemon Go
The idea for the game was conceived in 2014 by Satoru Iwata of Nintendo and Tsunekazu Ishihara of The Pokemon Company as an April Fools’ Day collaboration with Google called Pokemon Challenge, with Tatsuo Nomura of Google Maps, who then became a senior project manager at Niantic, at the center of the project.
In 2015, Ishihara dedicated his speech at the game’s announcement on September 10 to Iwata, who had died two months earlier. The decision to create the Go Plus rather than create a smart watch app was to increase uptake among players for whom a smart watch is prohibitively expensive.
On March 4, 2016, Niantic announced a Japan-exclusive beta test would begin later that month, allowing players to assist in refining the game before its full release. The beta test was later expanded to other countries.On April 7, it was announced that the beta would expand to Australia and New Zealand. Then, on May 16, the signups for the field test were opened to the United States.The test came to an end on June 30.