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Spring time is a great time to get outdoors and walk around. You might as well fire up Pokémon GO as well. Niantic Inc. are adding some incentives to the popular app with the Adventure Week celebration. The event begins May 18 at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern and ends on May 25.
“Pokémon GO was developed for people to easily experience classic Pokémon gameplay on their mobile device and catch Pokémon in the real world,” states the news post. “As a result, every day, people around the globe go outside, explore the world around them, make some new memories, and get some exercise along the way.”
The Adventure Week will see an increase to Rock-type Pokémon. Hopefully we can find elusive Rock-type fossil Pokémon such as Omanyte, Kabuto, and Aerodactyl. PokéStops will also award more items during the event, similar to how the First PokéStop of the Day rewards bonus items. Finally, your assigned Buddy Pokémon will find Candies four times as fast while you walk around.
Adventure Week also adds a new cosmetic avatar item, the Explorer’s Hat, and Poké Balls will be 50% off in the game shop.
The Pokémon GO Team encourages players to share pictures of their game in AR camera mode, and post them on social media using the hashtag #PokémonGO.
Pokémon GO Adventure Week begins this Thursday, May 18.
Pokémon GO’s steady seasonal event tie-ins continue with an Easter Event, which lasts throughout the next week. Naturally, it’s all about the eggs.
The biggest bonus of the Easter Event can be found in the smallest 2 km eggs. Normally these easy to hatch eggs usually contain common Pokémon. During the Easter Event, you’ll find a greater variety. You’ll also be rewarded with more candy for each Pokémon you hatch.
To continue with the egg theme, Lucky Eggs will be available to purchase in the in-game shop for half off. Lucky Eggs double the amount of experience you earn for 30 minutes.
Finally, everything you do during the Easter Event, from catching Pokémon to earning medals, will earn double experience.
It’s a shame that the precious egg incubators are not given the same discount treatment. Having multiple incubators is the best way to hatch eggs. In a true nickel and dime scenario, the eggs may be nicer but the incubators will cost you.
Pokémon GO remains popular even if its incredibly explosive launch has faded in the public consciousness. A steady stream of seasonal events and bonus rewards are a nice incentive to keep playing. The most recent event, the Water Festival, gave us a bunch of extra water Pokémon to find and catch.
I still play regularly, though casually, and I never feel the need to spend money. In fact, this Easter Event may be a great time to finally use some of those Lucky Eggs I’ve been hoarding.
The Pokémon GO Easter Event ends April 20.
A new mobile spin-off title from the Harvest Moon series is being aimed directly at younger children. Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers is being developed by Daredevil Development, who previously created kid franchise apps like Bob the Builder and Paddington Bear. It is published in cooperation with Rising Star Games and Harvest Moon owner Natsume. It’s coming worldwide on May 25 for iOS and Android mobile devices.
“We are thrilled to enter the app market with a title based on Harvest Moon, a series whose name has been synonymous with family-friendly gaming for 20 years,” said Martin Defries, Managing Director at Rising Star Games. “We worked in close partnership with the series’ originator Natsume for complete authenticity, and partnered with developer Daredevil for its impressive experience in delivering engaging and kid-friendly experiences based on trusted children’s brands.”
Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers uses simple tap and swipe controls to farm and raise animals. Activities include collecting eggs, milking cows, planting seeds, and providing your produce to the locals. There’s no on-screen text as the game is aimed at the preschooler crowd.
Recently the Harvest Moon series went through a confusing name change with Story of Seasons and publisher Marvelous Entertainment. The Harvest Moon series of the 90s evolved into Story of Seasons. Natsume would retain the rights to the name “Harvest Moon,” however, and would publish their own Harvest Moon games beginning in 2014. Thus far Story of Seasons has been more well-received by fans and critics.
Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers launches on May 25 for iOS and Android.
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