Article Title

Pokémon Go


Excellent, Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, Apple, Android, Games, Adventure, Exercise, Pokemon

Document Type

App Review


Pokémon Go is a location-based app by Niantic released for Android and iOS model phones. It is a game in which the user catches, trains, and battles with Pokémon. Pokémon, or “pocket monsters,” were first seen in games developed for the Nintendo Game Boy, but quickly grew in popularity, leading to a card game, an anime, and many more games since. Pokémon Go is the newest release of the franchise, and is very different from everything that came before it. The game mechanics make it possible for Pokémon to become a bigger part of everyday life. Using your phone’s GPS, the app takes you on an adventure in catching Pokémon, visiting Pokéstops, and hitting gyms to battle. This is not a game that can be played sitting in the same place. You have to go out and find Pokémon to catch. The Pokéstops and gyms are fixed locations, usually points of interest on a map such as libraries or historical sites. The app tells you what Pokémon are in your vicinity, and it’s up to you to find them and catch them. You can get all sorts of gear and goodies from Pokéstops like Pokéballs or lures to attract Pokémon to you. You can also trade in your Pokémon for candies, and once you get enough candy, you can evolve your Pokémon to a higher level. Pokémon Go is marketed as an interactive, massive game that uses your real life surroundings to create your gameplay.