Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you probably know that Pokemon Go was just released and is already the number one free game on the iTunes App Store. What makes Pokemon Go different from other Pokemon games is the allure of trying to catch Pokemon in real life. With the help of GPS and augmented reality, Pokemon Go will allow you to find and capture Pokemon where ever you are, whether it be in the city, on a beach, or in your own neighborhood. You just have to go outside and explore your world.
At least that’s what you’re supposed to do with Pokemon Go. Instead, what you’re most likely doing with it is sitting on an endless load screen because you can’t connect to servers or you can’t even login with your Pokemon Trainer credentials. I know this is a new game and there are bound to be hiccups, but these are more than hiccups. This is like someone giving you the keys to a new Ferrari, but then telling you that you’re not allowed to drive it out of the garage.
Since I’ve had Pokemon Go, I’ve been able to play for a whole 45 minutes or so. The rest of my time with it has been met with server errors, disconnects, and the inability to login through with my Pokemon Trainer credentials. That’s pretty bad. I am able to connect using my Google account, but even that isn’t working anymore.
When I am able to play, Pokemon Go seems like it would be fun. Walking around different places trying to catch different Pokemon seems like a great way to get outdoors and moving around. Catching Pokemon seems a bit too simple though with you just throwing poke balls at them instead of battling. I have not been able to try out any of the gyms because again, I can’t even play it long enough to make it to level 5.
I really, really wanted to play Pokemon Go, but this is an app that just doesn’t seem like it’s ready for prime time. Not sure why they took this out of beta if they can’t even handle the influx of new players on their servers. For now, I highly suggest you not even download this until all the issues with the game have been fixed. Pokemon Go is a dud that needs to go away until it’s properly fixed.
If I still can’t connect to servers by the end of the day, that’s it. This app is going bye bye.
Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth!
Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you—so get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the world. You’ll join one of three teams and battle for the prestige and ownership of Gyms with your Pokémon at your side.
Pokémon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighborhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there’s a Pokémon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poké Ball… You’ll have to stay alert, or it might get away!
Search far and wide for Pokémon and items
Certain Pokémon appear near their native environment—look for Water-type Pokémon by lakes and oceans. Visit PokéStops, found at interesting places like museums, art installations, historical markers, and monuments, to stock up on Poké Balls and helpful items.
Catching, hatching, evolving, and more
As you level up, you’ll be able to catch more-powerful Pokémon to complete your Pokédex. You can add to your collection by hatching Pokémon Eggs based on the distances you walk. Help your Pokémon evolve by catching many of the same kind.
Take on Gym battles and defend your Gym
As your Charmander evolves to Charmeleon and then Charizard, you can battle together to defeat a Gym and assign your Pokémon to defend it against all comers.
It’s time to get moving—your real-life adventures await!
– This app is free-to-play and offers in-game purchases. It is optimized for smartphones, not tablets.
– Compatible with Android devices that have 2GB RAM or more and have Android Version 4.4 – 6.0 installed.
– Compatibility is not guaranteed for devices without GPS capabilities or devices that are connected only to Wi-Fi networks
– Not compatible with Android devices that use Intel Atom processors.
– Compatibility with tablet devices is not guaranteed.
– Application may not run on certain devices even if they have compatible OS versions installed.
– It is recommended to play while connected to a network in order to obtain accurate location information.
– Compatibility information may be changed at any time.
– Please visit http://www.PokemonGO.com for additional compatibility information.
– Information current as of July 5, 2016