One of the most anticipated mobile games of the year is almost within reach. After months of beta testing, mostly positive reviews, and plenty of player impatience, Pokémon GO is finally rolling out to Android and iOS users. But you may have to wait just a little longer before you can install it, especially if you reside in the US or Canada. Some countries, including Australia and New Zealand however seem to be having no problem downloading the game from either app store.
Pokémon GO is a brilliant collaborative effort between Niantic Labs and Nintendo. Niantic Labs may sound familiar as they developed the surprisingly popular augmented reality/scavenger hunt mobile game Ingress. A game that has built a very active and faithful following around the world. And I doubt anyone reading this needs a reminder of what Nintendo does.
The game places you into the role of a Pokémon trainer, armed with Poké Balls, finding, battling, and collecting various Pokémon creatures as they are overlaid on real world locations that actually apply to their characteristics. So, water based Pokémon, for example will be found in or around the likes of rivers and lakes. Like Ingress, Pokémon GO encourages players to leave the couch and go actively explore the world around them.
In addition to the game, a wearable will also be released for purchase later this year. An accessory you wear on your wrist will alert you to nearby Pokémon without you having to use your phone to always track them down. This should help with battery life, something any Ingress player will tell you you can never have enough of for a game like this.
The links for the respective app stores are below. You may want to periodically check them to see when Pokémon GO is officially available in your region. It might be NOW! STOP READING AND GO CHECK!!!
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