The wait is over for Americans. After a shaky 24 hours in Australia and New Zealand, where it was first made available, Pokémon Go is now out in the U.S.
Developed by Niantic Labs in partnership with Nintendo, Pokémon Go is a free augmented reality game for Android and iOS phones that lets you live out your dream of catching pokémon in the real world, using your phone’s camera and location sensors.
In way, it’s a very clever fitness app because the game requires you to explore your surroundings and local places of interest to capture Pikachu and more than a hundred different creatures in the wild. It’s also highly addictive, like caffeine, tobacco, and smartphones, judging from what we’ve seen on our Facebook feeds lately.
Obviously, catching pokémon in Go isn’t the end game for the title. You also have to train them, and then (when the update arrives) pit them against other players at landmarks in your area.
You can also trade creatures and hatch them (again, when the update drops). In other words, Go is designed to give you the full pokémon trainer experience.
But that’s not to say it won’t cost you money. Despite the free-to-play tag, the game features a number of microtransactions that you can purchase with real money and will cost you anywhere from $1 to $100.
A watch-like companion device called Pokémon Go Plus alerts you of nearby pokémon, and will ship later this month for $35. And while the hardware isn’t essential to playing Go, it may add to your gaming experience.
As for the rest of the world, Nintendo says Pokémon Go is “also coming soon to Canada, Europe, and South America.” Whether it will come to Asian markets outside of Japan has yet to be determined.
Source: The Verge