For a very long time, Pokemon games have stuck to a very similar formula that has served the franchise very well over the years. Pokemon Go was a major shift in direction by turning the process of catching wild Pokemon into a real life Augmented Reality (AR) experience.
The popularity of Pokemon Go exploded overnight. The game servers were unable to handle the massive stress and it took many months for the system to become stable enough for players to properly experience and enjoy the game.
Pokemon Go gets players to walk around in the real world. The game, which runs on all major smartphone operating systems will track your location and the distance you walk through GPS. Wild Pokemon will be scattered around the world at various GPS coordinates and when a player reaches this location, they will be able to attempt to capture this creature by completing an on screen mini game that involves throwing a PokeBall.
The game receives regular updates to add new generations of Pokemon along with seasonal and monthly events that task players with completing specific goals for rewards that are based around the topic of the event. While the games popularity has dropped from the numbers seen at the initial launch, Pokemon Go remains an impressively popular game and has set the standard for similar AR games going forward.
|Release Date||July 6th, 2016|
|Developer||The Pokémon Company|