Pokémon Go, augmented reality mobile game was launched in July 2016 in countries like US, Australia, Germany, UK and other European countries. It is developed by Niantic and is available on iOS and Android devices. It makes use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices.
How to play it: Pokémon GO uses the gamers GPS and clock to detect where you are in the game and make Pokémon (virtual creatures) “appear” around him (on the phone screen). The gamer gets the virtual display of his surroundings
As the gamer move around, different and various variety of Pokémon appears. The gamer has to spot the Pokémon from their surrounding and capture them, throwing a Poke ball at it.
It also feature a map that informs a number of PokéStops and Pokémon gyms usually at interesting locales like public art installations, historical markers and monuments; here gamers can collect more Pole Balls.
This encourages the gamer to travel around in the real world to catch maximum number of Pokémon as possible and earn medals attached to them.
The gamers are quite smitten by these cute strange creatures; many have taken a break from work as reports. Records prove that this game has beaten ‘Candy Crush Saga’ obsession.
Much to the delight of the gamers, experts in the US have found health benefits from playing the game, as the quest to catch more Pokémon; the gamers are walking more often and longer too. This is a far cry from playing any console game staring at the screen, hours together.
Though on the flip side, there has been reports of gamers trespassing people’s property, accidents and collides. The massive popularity of the game resulted in several unusual positive impacts. For example, some helped in rescuing caged animals and one incident where a dead body was spotted.
Japan will be the first to get the Asia release, where as in India the release is expected only couple of weeks later.