Pokémon GO Review

Pokémon GO is a 2016 augmented reality mobile game developed and published by Niantic in collaboration with The Pokémon Company for iOS and Android devices. A part of the Pokémon franchise, the game is the result of a collaboration between Niantic, The Pokémon Company, and Nintendo. It uses the mobile device GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, which appear as if they are in the player's real-world location. The game is free-to-play, although it supports in-app purchases of additional in-game items. The game was released worldwide in July 2016. It received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise directed at its concept and gameplay, but criticism for technical issues apparent at launch. Since its launch, Pokémon GO has been a global sensation, becoming one of the most used smart device apps and breaking several records along the way. 

  • Rating 4.1 (14071782 votes)
  • Price Free
  • Category Adventure
  • Version 0.193.2
  • Developer Niantic, Inc

Features Review

Gameplay 

The game is based on the location-based augmented reality mobile game Ingress, which Niantic developed previously. The player creates a Trainer avatar, which is the in-game character that represents them. The avatar starts off in one of three colour-coded teams: Instinct, Mystic, or Valor. After choosing a team, the player is given the choice of one of three starter Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle. The player can then catch wild Pokémon by flicking Poké Balls at them on the touchscreen. When a Pokémon is successfully caught, it is added to the player's Pokédex.

Graphics

The game's graphics are colorful and cartoony, and the environment is well-rendered. The game does a good job of making the player feel like they are in the Pokémon world. The graphics for Pokémon Go are quite impressive, as the game makes use of augmented reality to bring the Pokémon world to life. In terms of graphics, the game is quite colorful and detailed, and the Pokémon themselves are well-rendered and look faithful to their appearances in the original games and anime. The game also features a day-night cycle, and the different times of day offer different challenges and rewards.

Replayability

The game is highly replayable, as there are many different Pokémon to catch and train, and the game's Augmented Reality feature makes it feel like the Pokémon are truly in the real world. There is also a good amount of social interaction, as players can trade Pokémon with each other.

Pros:

  • Allows people to get out and exercise
  • Can help people socialize and meet new friends
  • Can be played solo or with a group
  • Can be played indoors or outdoors

Cons:

  • Can be addictive
  • Can be a time waster
  • Can be costly if you buy in-game items
  • Can be dangerous if you're not paying attention to your surroundings

Conclusion

Pokémon GO is a fun and addicting game that makes good use of Augmented Reality. The graphics are colourful and cartoony, and the game is highly replayable.
The success of Pokémon Go has shown that there is a demand for augmented reality games. This could lead to more developers creating AR games in the future. Pokémon Go has also demonstrated the potential of AR technology and how it can be used to create new and innovative gameplay experiences.

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