Pokémon is getting everyone’s attention again with its new game, Pokémon Go. If you haven’t about Pokémon Go yet, where have you been? However, this blog will provide you with a useful insight and background to get you started.
What is Pokémon?
Pokémon started out as a video game on the Nintendo Gameboy back in 1995. It allowed players to catch Pokémon, which are pocket monster, and train them to fight other Pokémon trainers.
The game was a massive success and the franchise became huge with comics, films and trading cards to name just a few.
What is Pokémon Go?
Pokémon Go is a new smartphone game in which you find, catch and train Pokémon monsters. This sounds the same as the original, but the difference is that it uses augmented reality geo-tagging.
Put simply, a real-word map appears on your phone using GPS and the Pokémon appear on the map as though they are in the real world. Whenever you’re out and about, shopping, catching a train, a Pokémon may appear on your map. You then need to catch it by throwing a Pokball at it. Once you’ve caught enough. you can then can go to a Pokémon gym to train and battle with other users.
Is it free?
The app itself is free but does have in-app purchases. This seems to be the way most app makers set themselves up these days. Most games of this kind do allow you to play free for quite some time but inevitably to proceed through the game you will need to make some purchases.
Why the media hype?
It seems that because the app gets people out of the house and wandering around trying to find Pokémon, it has caught everyone’s attention and imagination.
However, we don’t think the makers of Pokémon Go thought it was going to be so successful. This is because there are some initial issues with the game, especially with the speed of the app because of the massive number of users. We expect these will now be ironed out as its proving to be so popular.
Is it safe for my kids?
Much of the media hype has centered around its safety issues. There has been reports of kids wandering around looking at their phones and not paying attention to their surroundings. Following are our top safety tips for yourself or to pass onto your kids:
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Users need to keep an eye on where they are going and when crossing roads:
- Watch your battery life: Pokémon Go drains your battery quickly.
- Be careful at Pokéstops: There have been stories in the US of people being lured to secluded areas and robbed.