Pokémon Go !! -The whole jazz explained
The Addiction I tell you !
“I wanna be the very best like no one ever was.”
It seems like we are living in the 90’s again, what with everyone catching the Pokémon fever all of a sudden in 2016! Wondering why? Here’s our breakdown.
First of all, on social media, you would have noticed reports of people hunting down Pokémon furiously, be it traveling from one area to the other or simply searching under their office desks or at some club in the city. It is a known fact now that this addictive game is driving people crazy!
This is because Pokémon Go has made a grand entry into the Android and the iOS world, and is available for a free download! YES, you heard that right.
Is it available in India? How to install?
Pokémon Go is not officially available in India yet, so searching for it on the Google Play Store won’t lead you anywhere. If you are open to downloading the game from a lesser known source, all you have to do is google “download PokémonGo” and use any of the top 3 links recommended. However, you will have to change the device’s privacy settings and enable downloads from unknown sources.
For android: I downloaded mine in apk format from http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/niantic-inc/pokemon-go/pokemon-go-0-29-0-release/pokemon-go-0-29-0-android-apk-download/ and it works perfectly fine.
For iOS: You need to open ios.hipestore.mobi on your device, and search for Pokemon GO. After selecting download now, you need to select the 1.0 version under the “Non Jailbreak” sub head – and then just press install when it flashes.
How the game works?
“I will travel across the land, searching far and wide.”
Pokémon Go uses your phone’s GPS and time to discover where and when you are during the game and make Pokémon “appear” around you on your phone screen, so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different and more types of Pokémon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. The main idea of the game is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch Pokémon in the game. This combination of a game and the real world interacting is called augmented reality.
Inside the Game
“Pokémon, it’s you and me. I know it’s my destiny.”
The Pokémon games take place in a world populated by exotic and powerful creatures. In this world, folks called “trainers” travel around the world to tame these creatures and use them to fight against each other. The first generation of Pokémon games started with 151 creatures, but the set has expanded to more than 720. However, in Pokémon Go, only the original 151 are available.
But, seriously. What if we could all get a chance to be Ash Ketchum, the TV show’s star trainer, who wanders around the world in his quest to catch all the Pokémon and earn his honors by defeating all the gym leaders? Sadly, Pokémon aren’t real. Well, at least not yet. But technology has evolved enough to be able to simulate a world in which Pokémon are real.
That’s basically what Pokémon Go is attempting to do: It uses your smartphone’s ability to know the time and your location. Thus imitating what it would be like if Pokémon really were roaming near you at all times, ready to be captured. And taking into account the fact that most Pokémon fans are now young adults, this idea hits the popularity factor as it brings to its players a sweet feeling of nostalgia.
Gyarados found near a lake!
Similarities between the game and the series
“Gotta catch ‘em all! Pokémon!”
There are Pokémon around, and you do catch them. There are also gym leaders and other trainers whom you can fight for fame or even loot from. You can also customize the in-game character’s look and name. Not to mention the sexy professor who helps out whenever you are in doubt (who is also the one who gives you your first Pokémon). What’s more, the game ensures you explore your environment during different times. For example, if you go out to a park, you’ll mostly see more grass or bug-type Pokémon. If you go near a lake or any other water body, you are mostly likely to find water types. And if you go out during the night, you’ll see more nocturnal ghost type-Pokémon. The experience is further enhanced through the PokéStops, which are locations in the real world marked on your in-game map. You can go to these spots to nab items, including Poké Balls and eggs that have the ability to hatch into a Pokémon. It’s also possible to install special items at PokéStops that can attract more Pokémon, this factor is made easy to understand as the stops glow pink on the map so gamers know that hanging around there will attract more Pokémon. To catch them all, you will have to explore far and wide, during the day and night. It’s the only way to become the best of them all, like no one ever was.
How to catch a Pokémon?
“I will battle every day, to claim my rightful place”.
A huge change is the combat scenario. When catching Pokémon, you don’t fight them with your own team of Pokémon. Instead, there is a battle between you and the creature directly: It’s pretty simple, all you have to do is swipe and throw a Poké Ball in the Pokémon’s direction, which then captures it.
Rare Pokemon (Mewtwo) found on the I-880
:There are no traditional Pokémon battles in the game at all. The battles are largely decided by your Pokémon’s combat power: a stat attached to each of your Pokémon. You tap the screen to make your Pokémon attack the enemy while swiping to dodge enemy attacks. This requires a lot of strategic thinking. Since the game doesn’t have traditional battles, the only way to make your Pokémon stronger and evolve is through the usage of special items, which you can get by catching Pokémon and fighting gym leaders. These activities can also increase your trainer level a significant amount, which brings to you places like gyms that raise your chances of finding rarer Pokémon.
Is there Multiplayer mode?
Pokémon Go currently has no multiplayer capability, so you can’t battle your real-life friends or trade with them. The game isn’t like virtual reality, where you put on glasses or a headset to fully immerse yourself into a virtual world. Instead, augmented reality games use technology to enhance the world around you.
Pokémon Go has already revealed certain serious issues. The news says that a few robbery suspects allegedly set up lure beacons on PokéStops to attract victims. There are also reports of injuries due to the game, and police have had to warn players about going to places they’re not supposed to go.
But hey, there are risks with directly attaching a game to the real world. We for one, aren’t complaining. What about you?