Pokémon Go is a free-to-play mobile app which introduces the Pokémon franchise into the relatively new genre of augmented reality games.
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Story & Themes
In Pokémon Go, Professor Willow tasks you, a fledgling trainer, with a quest to catch Pokémon and build your Pokédex. In other words, the app provides players with the basic premise behind most Pokémon games before sending them out into the real world to begin collecting. Pokémon Go uses Google Maps and the GPS on your phone to track your geographic location. Wild Pokémon are scattered throughout the world, and when you get close enough to them, you're given the option to catch them by throwing a Pokéball on the screen. Trained Pokémon can powered-up and evolved with a combination of Pokémon-specific candy and Stardust, and competitive players can use their Pokémon to battle at the Gyms that are situated at real-world locations. You can also restock on items like Pokéballs, eggs, and potions at Pokéstops which are typically at notable landmarks or memorials.
The game automatically saves on a regular basis and after anything important happens, such as the capturing of a Pokémon.
The app is easy to use but gives players little guidance when they're just starting out. Luckily, there are plenty of online resources for those confused about any aspect of the game.
Violence Pokémon can fight one another at Gym battles with the goal being to knock the opponent Pokémon unconscious. The attacks are fantastical-looking, and Pokémon never actually make contact with each other while fighting.
Consumerism Pokémon Go is part the massive Pokémon franchise which spans multiple games, a television series, and many other pieces of media and merchandise. Also, Gyms and Pokéstops may be located at stores or restaurants where players may be compelled to purchase something.
The game requires an internet connection to play.
- Have you tried playing Pokémon Go? If so, how does it compare to other Pokémon games?
- Pokémon Go's real-world tie-in is fairly unique for a contemporary game. Do you think it makes the game more addicting or time-consuming? Why or why not?
- Does Pokémon Go encourage you to go outside more and meet people you otherwise wouldn't? What might be some advantages of a game that requires players to leave their house and explore outdoors?