Nintendo launched Pokémon Go yesterday. It’s their first augment reality mobile game for Android and iOS phones. At this moment the game is available only in Japan, Australia and New Zealand app stores. Other countries including the US need some patience till the title is available to download.
Augment Reality use users’ smartphone camera, sensors, and location-based algorithms to place Pokémons in the real environment.
Certain Pokémon appears near their native environment. For example, look for Water-type Pokémon by rivers, lakes or oceans. Visit PokéStops, found at interesting places like museums, art installations, historical markers, and monuments, to stock up on Poké Balls and helpful items.
Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other 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.
It will be a huge breakthrough for mobile gaming once other developers start to make similar games using Augment Reality.
Pokémon Go is free-to-play both on Google Play and App Store with in-app purchase option for buying PokéCoins.