Pokémon Go is now available to iOS and Android users. The augmented reality (AG) mobile game developed by the giant Nintendo together with Niantic Labs has only rolled out for users in selected countries. Gamers in Australia and New Zealand are already enjoying their new mobile game while users from Japan and the United States might have to wait a while to download the app. The game was released July 5.
Pokémon Go is now available to iOS and Android users on App Store and Play Store free of charge. However, it does contain microtransactions coming in from $0.99 to $99.99. The official release came as a surprise to fans of augmented reality games because the representatives did not give any clue as to when Pokémon Go would actually be released. The game was previously available for public beta testing, the testing period starting back in May and ending on June 30.
The mechanism behind it is quite simple to comprehend. Using your smartphone’s camera and sensors, along with location algorithms, the game places a Pokémon right in front of your eyes in the real world we all inhabit. This way, users get to take their Pokémon anywhere around town.
Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, Pikachu, and many others, are waiting to be taken out to discover our planet. Fans of the game get to join one of the three teams and get into battle to win ownership of Gyms with the help of their Pokémon. When there’s a Pokémon in sight, your phone will vibrate; throw a Poké Ball and watch out for others.
This augmented reality game cleverly places Pokémon near their native environment. For example, expect to find the Water-type by lakes, seas, and oceans.
At PokéStops, users can collect Poké Balls and other items to help them in the battle. PokéStops can be found at museums, historical sites, monuments, and other cultural attractions. As users level up, they can catch more Pokémon to complete the Pokédex.
Do take note that Pokémon Go is now available to iOS and Android users to be used on smartphones only. It will not work on tablets. Get your iPhone or Android phone, download the app, and get in real-life adventures together with your favorite Pokémon.