App Apes Verdict
- Graphics - 9/109/10
- Gameplay - 7.5/107.5/10
- Replay Value - 9.5/109.5/10
- Originailty - 10/1010/10
Pokemon Go is more than a game at this point. It’s a phenomenon. The iOS and Android app is bringing small businesses more customers than they’ve ever seen, bringing joy to fellow trainers as they realize all the cars lined up at the post office at 10:00 pm are other trainers battling the gym leader, and causing a healthy epidemic of sore legs. The game actively promotes physical activity and exploration as trainers (players) must travel in the real world to uncover various Pokemon and find Poke Stops and Gyms. Landmarks never seen by many are now being enjoyed as they come to represent a Poke Stop in the digital world, a place where trainers can collect free poke-balls and eggs for incubating. So while the game does offer in-app purchases, they are certainly not required to enjoy the game, and many casual players will never find themselves spending even a dollar on the game, which in itself will bring many hours of enjoyment.
Visually, the game is cohesive. There is a small clash with the digital graphics and the photos of real landmarks, but this is largely unavoidable. The Pokemon are cartoonish, which maintains the spirit of the ever popular TV series Pokemon. The game gives players the option of utilizing their mobile devices camera to place the Pokemon into the real world with an augmented reality. The gameplay is where Pokemon Go is perhaps the most lacking. It’s grows repetitive, but with the large number of Pokemon to catch and level and then evolve the replay value is not harmed much. There have been a large number of complains about server issues, forced closes on the app, freezing, various bugs, and battery life zapping. The company behind Pokemon Go assures the player base they are working on these issues, which are understandable with the huge number of downloads. One final issue with the game is a real lack of customization in the character creation. It’s hardly better than giving players a simple choice between male and female as they can really only change small details on the shoes, hat, sweatshirt, and backpack.
Overall, Pokemon Go is well worth the download and even the likely frustration of running into bugs and server issues and an occasional dead battery. After all, the game offers more than just causal entertainment. It provides motivation to get active and promotes a sense of community with a shared interest and talking point.
Pokemon Go – Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth! Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you—so get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the world. You’ll join one of three teams and battle for the prestige and ownership of Gyms with your Pokémon at your side. Pokémon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighborhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there’s a Pokémon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poké Ball… You’ll have to stay alert, or it might get away! Search far and wide for Pokémon and items. Certain Pokémon appear near their native environment—look for Water-type Pokémon by lakes and oceans. Visit PokéStops, found at interesting places like museums, art installations, historical markers, and monuments, to stock up on Poké Balls and helpful items. Catching, hatching, evolving, and more
As you level up, you’ll be able to catch more-powerful Pokémon to complete your Pokédex. You can add to your collection by hatching Pokémon Eggs based on the distances you walk. Help your Pokémon evolve by catching many of the same kind. Take on Gym battles and defend your Gym as your Charmander evolves to Charmeleon and then Charizard, you can battle together to defeat a Gym and assign your Pokémon to defend it against all comers. It’s time to get moving—your real-life adventures await! Notes: This app is free-to-play and offers in-game purchases. It is optimized for smartphones, not tablets. Compatible with Android devices that have 2GB RAM or more and have Android Version 4.4 – 6.0 installed. Compatibility is not guaranteed for devices without GPS capabilities or devices that are connected only to Wi-Fi networks. Not compatible with Android devices that use Intel Atom processors. Compatibility with tablet devices is not guaranteed. Application may not run on certain devices even if they have compatible OS versions installed. It is recommended to play while connected to a network in order to obtain accurate location information. Compatibility information may be changed at any time. Information current as of July 5, 2016.
- Free to Play
- 100+ Pokemon to catch
- Unique augmented reality platform
- Use of mobile devices camera
- Encourages physical activity
- Join one of three teams: Instinct, Mystic, or Valor
- Character customization
- In-app Purchases
- GPS enabled