If you haven’t played Pokémon Go, you probably still know people who have. This time last year, the hugely popular augmented reality game was nowhere to be seen. Pokémon Go changed all of that, quickly becoming the most downloaded app of 2016.
And now, after almost a year and a half since its initial release, the game is back with even more content and features. While the original version of the game was a lot about catching Pokémon, today’s update has been much more about exploration.
Niantic, the developer behind the massively popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go, recently revealed its second product: a location-based augmented reality experience called Ingress. Niantic CEO John Hanke stated that it was an entirely separate product from Pokémon Go, but Ingress does bear some similarities to Pokémon Go. In fact, Pokémon Go and Ingress will share a number of common features.
This time, it’s not just a game for kids; this is a game for everyone. With a map of the world, you can catch Pokémon around the globe—and you can do it while you’re traveling, too! This app is perfect for people who love to explore and experience new things, especially when they’re traveling. But, it’s not just for fun—this app offers some very valuable lessons about teamwork, community, and the world.
How did Niantic make this game so popular?
The game was originally released in 2016 as a spin-off of the hugely successful franchise called Pokémon, but it didn’t take off until it added a social element. With over 200 million downloads, the mobile game has been described as ‘mindless fun,’ allowing people to ‘get away from reality for a few minutes.’
The real-world inspiration behind Pokémon Go came from Niantic’s CEO John Hanke, who had previously founded Google Goggles. In 2014, Hanke decided he wanted to combine his love of augmented reality (AR) with the classic video game Pokémon. He knew the Pokémon franchise had a huge fan base, but didn’t expect the reaction it would have upon release. According to Hanke, the success of Pokémon Go was a combination of factors.
Why does Pokémon Go need to be different?
While you may think that you’ve never played Pokémon before, you may have. Even if you haven’t, you’re likely familiar with the basic premise of the game. Pokémon, or pocket monsters, are creatures that live on the Earth.
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The player has to catch them. But the catch isn’t always easy. It requires that you physically find the creature, place a pokeball around it, and then tap the ball to capture it. With the release of Pokémon Go, Niantic is using this popular game franchise to reach a very specific audience—urban, smartphone users. The company used data from its in-house survey of over 300,000 people to determine what kind of user base the app could potentially become more popular.
What makes Pokémon Go different is that it’s both fun AND educational. There’s nothing more fun than being outside exploring new places and encountering new creatures and Pokémon. At the same time, there’s something very important that everyone should be aware of. Pokémon Go is the first global game that teaches children about real world geography. By simply playing Pokémon Go, kids will see the earth from a different perspective. They’ll start to understand that our planet isn’t just flat; it’s a sphere.
What is Pokémon GO about?
Pokémon GO is a game where players catch virtual monsters on their phones. By interacting with objects around them, the game gives players information about what Pokémon are nearby, the nearest landmarks, and how to interact with the Pokémon.
In the Pokémon GO app, players receive information about Pokémon through notifications on their phone screens. For example, if they happen upon a Pokémon that is rare, they will receive a notification asking them to check out the Pokémon’s Pokédex information, which provides details such as its type, moves, strength, and location.
Players can also view the Pokémon’s profile page, which contains additional information. Pokémon GO also uses augmented reality (AR) to display Pokémon in the real world. There are millions of people playing Pokémon Go at any given time. You can play it in the real world (walking around and looking for the virtual creatures) or in your browser.
What do you get out of playing Pokémon GO?
With the release of the augmented reality game Pokémon Go last July, players were quickly swept up into the phenomenon. The game uses GPS and other technology to locate Pokémon, which then appear on-screen. It’s a highly addictive game.
Since its release, more than 4.3 million people have downloaded the app and played it in the last three months alone. Players catch Pokémon by walking around in real-life places, and some even use Pokémon Go as a workout tool. To date, the game has generated $40 million in revenue for the company Niantic, Inc. and has been credited for revitalizing downtown areas in the United States and elsewhere.
It’s not just about the game itself. It’s about the social connection that goes along with playing it. It’s about meeting new people, exploring new places, and making memories together. It’s about being outside and having fun. I am playing it all the time and there is no doubt that it makes me feel better.
Will Pokémon GO be an actual game?
Some people think Pokémon GO is a real game. Others think it’s nothing but a marketing gimmick, which is exactly what Nintendo intended. So far, Nintendo seems to be betting that it will be the former. Pokémon Go is the biggest free marketing campaign of 2016 so far.
And even though Pokémon Go wasn’t released until last week, its reach is already massive. The app hit 200 million downloads in a few days and currently boasts a rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 on Apple’s App Store. The app has been downloaded over 300 million times as of early July. Pokémon Go is expected to be downloaded 1 billion times by the end of this year.
In May 2016, the world was turned upside down when Nintendo released Pokémon Go, the mobile application that let people interact with Pokémon creatures through their phones. Although this game was initially criticized for its poor design, it quickly became one of the most downloaded applications on the app store. The game got millions of downloads in the first week, and it wasn’t long before players started wondering why the game didn’t have actual gameplay.
The Final Words
In conclusion, I thought it was really fun to play this game on my smartphone. The game mechanics were easy to pick up and use, and the graphics were gorgeous. The game has a lot of replay value because of all the different types of monsters you can catch. You’ll never see a Snorlax in the wild again!