What’s Pokémon Go?

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality mobile game which is shutting down all game charts in the US. This game was developed by Niantic for iOS and Android. It works by using your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game. Then it makes Pokémon “appear” around you (on your phone screen) so you can go and catch them. Different types of Pokemon appear as you move around depending on your location and time.

The idea 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 known as “augmented reality.” The Nintendo owned franchise which was a huge storm in the 90s had been lying low and is definitely making its come back. And for the very fist time, it is a smartphone game.

How can I get my hands on the game?

You can get the mobile game On the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android). It’s free but as with other free games, there are things to buy with real money once you’re in the game.

It’s out in Australia, New Zealand and the US and will be released in Japan soon, but people in the UK have to wait for some time yet. So many people have been using it, causing the servers to crash. thats why the makers have decided not to roll it off across the world.

Weird Happenings to Pokémon Players.

Some really weird things have happened to some users. For example, an American woman found a dead body while she was looking for a Pokemon in a river near her home. Police said the man had died within the last 24 hours and no foul play was suspected.

Four people were arrested after they used the game to lure players to remote places and then rob them at gunpoint. In response, the makers of Pokémon Go have said people should “play with friends when going to new or unfamiliar places” and “remember to be safe and alert at all times”.

There have also been plenty of reports of people falling over and grazing or cutting themselves because they’re not paying attention to what’s in front of them while they play.

The Mobile Game Success so far.

Pokémon has been very successful since its release. Adding  more than $7bn (£5.4bn) to Nintendo’s value by virtue of shares in the company. The game has dominated gaming charts in the US and it seems to be capturing two markets. The teens who are “catching em all” for the first time, and the people in their late 20s and early 30s who remember it all from the first time round and fancy a little nostalgia.

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