Pokemon Go Review (Niantic)

Pokemon Go
What It Is

You won't catch any Pokémon Monsters in the mobile app game Pokémon Go, unless you get up, and get going in the real world. Pokémon Go, from the Pokémon Company and Niantic, which are partially owned by Nintendo, is a mobile game, developed by Niantic, that uses a player's real world location as the game world. To play the game, you use a mobile device, that displays your actual location on a map. The goal is to explore the map to find and catch Pokémon. Once you find one, you can use your device's camera as an augmented reality viewer, and will see an animated Pokémon in front of you in the real world. You then flick a Poké-Ball at the Pokémon to catch it. Once caught, it is stored in your Poké-Ball, and added to your Pokédex, just like in the Nintendo Handheld Pokémon games.

While exploring your area, you will also find PokéStops, where you can collect items like more Poké Balls and eggs. There are also Gyms, where players can battle, however, players must reach level 5 before they can battle another player. You level up, by collecting Pokémon, so it's good to get out and search for them.

Is It Fun?

The popular Pokémon games for Nintendo's handheld systems (i.e. 3DS) have always revolved around exploring fictional areas, searching for, and then capturing monsters. Pokémon Go allows players to explore their own neighborhoods and towns to find and collect Pokémon that are hidden in plain site. The mobile game is a perfect example of a video game's core play pattern, coming to life in the real world, and it's a blast to see a Pokémon standing on the street in front of you.

Who It’s For

Pokémon Go is rated ages 9 and up, but we think gamers as young as 6 will be able to figure out how to play. The game is going to be a huge hit with Pokémon game fans of all ages, and even people that have never played a Pokémon game, will want to try Pokémon Go.

The game is getting players up, outside, and active, which is also something that parents and adults like for the kids in their lives.

What To Be Aware Of

Walking around the real world, while staring at a device can be dangerous. Young players should be supervised by an adult, and players of all ages need to be aware of their surroundings, and look up from their screens frequently.

There are 250 Pokémon to find as of the game's launch. Chances are good that more Pokémon, and more features will be added to keep people playing for a long time.

Pokémon Go is a free app for iOS and Android devices. There are in-app purchases for real money, but you can enjoy the game, without spending money on it.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Learning Curve

  • Pokemon Go from Niantic
  • Part of the Pokemon brand
  • Rated 9+
  • Available on: Android and iOS
  • Available July 7, 2016