Nintendo and Niantic Labs are rolling out its anticipated augmented reality game Pokémon Go. The game is currently available for download in Australia, New Zealand and certain U.S. markets.
Pokémon Go allows players to collect, train, and battle the game’s characters. Pokémon Go uses device camera and GPS hardware to create an augmented reality world.
Once the game first installed, players are asked to create and customize a virtual avatar that will represent them in the title. Then, they are offered a tutorial that walks them through the basic mechanics of the game. The game’s characters can be leveled up, traded and used for battle. They can also be assigned to defend Gyms from other users. Gyms, like Pokemon, can be found by wandering out into the real world.
“During gameplay, Pokémon GO players will be encouraged to join one of three teams and engage in Gym battles with other teams. Once they have joined a team, players will have the ability to assign their Pokémon to empty Gyms. Like PokéStops, Gyms can be found at real locations in the world, and because only one Pokémon per player can be placed at a given Gym, team members will need to work together to build a strong defense. A Gym claimed by one team can be challenged by the other two teams.”
Users can also buy an optional accessory named Pokemon GO Plus, a wrist-worn item that syncs with the title and alerts players about in game events, such as nearby Pokémon sightings.
Pokémon Go is available for free from the iOS App Store. The Pokémon Go Plus device costs $35 and is expected to hit the market later this month.