Pokemon GO is the next big thing that’s hitting our mobile phones now. From places where it has been launched, there have been stories of people hunting down Pokémon on their office desks, at hospital rooms, and even in bathrooms. After a few years lying relatively low, Pokémon is making a comeback and this time through Pokémon GO. Now available for a free download on Android and iOS at United States, New Zealand and Australia. It’s so popular that it’s on the verge of overtaking Twitter in terms of daily active users on Android. In fact, it is so popular that players are experiencing some downtime due to servers overloads.
Here’s how it works. Pokémon GO taps into your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game. With this information, they will make Pokémon “appear” around you (on your phone screen) so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different and more types of Pokémon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. The whole idea is to encourage players to travel around the real world to catch Pokémon in the game.
So why is this game taking the world by storm? Here are our 25 reasons.
1. Free, easy to download and fun!
2. Fulfil a fantasy that Pokémons were real and inhabited our world
3. Or just satisfy our need for a pet
4. You can’t deny that some of these Pokemons are just too adorable
5. Plus, you can look just as cool as your Pokemons
6. The game activates our desires to own and collect
7. Where to find them? Check out their natural habitats
8. It gets you to explore new places
9. Even with a virtual map, folks with no sense of direction… can still get lost
10. Finally, a game that forces us to move our butts
11. Get an adrenaline high with new captures
12. Especially if it’s Pikachu!
13. Pick a fight with a stranger
14. Make new friends along the way and even form a community!
15. You will probably start to see a lot of weird people taking photos with nothing next to them
16. May get a little distracting at work
17. One more thing for mums to be worried about
18. Some Pokemon do appear at awkward places.
19. Folks wearing Pokemon merchandises will be everywhere!
20. As you play, always look around and be aware of your surroundings
Before we go, check out this video on 20 years of Pokemon. Amazing how some of us have grown up with the game.
Pokemon GO will soon be coming to Singapore. Do share with us what you would like to know more about as well as some of your personal thoughts on the game in the comments section below.