Pokemon Go: Simple and Surprisingly Social

maxresdefaultMany of you are playing or know someone who is playing Pokemon Go. For those of you who have yet to try the game, what are you waiting for? Lets go over the good and the bad of the new top free game in America. 

First off, Pokemon Go’s best feature lies in its simple and easy to navigate interface. Almost anyone, even those new to mobile gaming can easily familiarize themselves with the simple menu. You can easily move between the Poked, your Pokemon, your items, and the shop. The menu is simple and straight forward allowing users to quickly navigate in and out with a click.  Wisconsin-Parent-Pokemon-Go-Menu

But enough about the menu, let’s talk game play. After downloading the game and getting logged in, you will receive a friendly reminder to always be aware of your surroundings and to stay alert–some people seem not to have gotten the message.  Enter Professor Willow, the man responsible for introducing you to the wonderful world of Pokemon. After a brief (very brief) introduction, you are told to pick your starter, but there is a catch, literally. Unlike traditional Pokemon games where you are simply given your starter after choosing them, in Pokemon GO, you have to catch them.  Professor Willow hands you some Pokeballs and explains (again briefly) how to catch a Pokemon. With a simple flick of your finger and good timing you can catch your first Pokemon.

Now here is where things take an interesting turn. With no more explanation, you are thrust into the world around you to roam, find, and catch Pokemon. As you wander around your local parks and neighborhoods, you will come across Pokestops: landmarks in the real world that serve as virtual reward spots.  Pokestops serve two purposes.  They establish a location to place a lure (which will  spawn Pokemon), and to restock on a few items. You may stumble along a gym nearby, but you won’t be able to take it on until you reach at least level five. When  you do, you will be asked to join one of three teams assisting Professor Willow in his quest to learn all about the Pokemon of the world. com2Fwp-content2Fuploads2F20162F032Fnexus2cee_PokemonGO2-728x573As of now, there is no real benefit to picking one team over the others (other than bragging rights as teams compete to hold the gyms and earn Pokecoins to spend in the shop).

Aside from a few bugs here and there, the game runs fairly smooth and as long as you are willing to put in the time and battery power you will have a lot of fu–at least for a little while.   As of now, there is not much to do in the game outside of catching and raising Pokemon to battle at gyms; however, updates have already been announced, and we can expect to see trading, battling, and poke centers coming to the game sometime soon.

The game still has a long way to go, but if you are looking for a simple, fun, and nostalgic way to pass the time look no further than Pokemon Go. What truly makes this game amazing is the overall warm friendly atmosphere created by its players. Never has a game united people from all walks of life the way that Pokemon Go has. It has brought together groups of people around the country that no one would ever have imagined would come together.  Even Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton has jumped on board, using the game to to help register young voters and get them involved in the political process. Overall, the game needs more content if it plans to keep users interested, but what it has helped accomplished outside of the game will have a positive effect on our society for years to come.

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