Everyone gets nostalgic when we start thinking about those old time shows and cartoons that we used to watch when we were kids. Half of the kids saw Dragon Ball Z, some saw Beyblade, but one show that almost every one watched with gusto has to be Pokémon. The story of the young Ash Ketchum enthralled kids everywhere as he ‘travelled across the land, searching far and wide’. There was just something about the adorable creatures that made them everybody’s favorite; and if you have been on Facebook in the past few days, you surely must have read about the suddenly trending Pokémon GO.
For all those who do are not aware of what this is all about, Pokémon GO is an app for iPhones and androids that blends the virtual and real world in an amazing format to let you find and catch Pokémon. Now, this app is not yet available in India, but as we are wont to do, there are a number of ways (*cough* APK *cough*) by which you can download the famous game.
You can make an avatar for yourself and the app will use your GPS settings to create a map of your surroundings. As you move in the real world, the app will keep adjusting the map as well. There have been stories (no it wasn’t me…I swear Mrs. K) about people sneaking into their neighbor’s yard, just because they spotted a wild Squirtle there.
The app uses your phone’s camera in the AR mode and lets you see the Pokémon in (almost) real life, superimposed on the background. Unlike the series, you do not have to battle the Pokémon to catch them. You can just throw a Pokéball; however, it has to be thrown in the right way for you to get a new Pokémon. A widely popular game, the makers Niantic Inc. actually had a server overload within three days of the game’s release.
The best part of the game is that it is making people get off their…chairs, and start walking around, looking for Pokémon, and the bad part is that apart from draining the battery rather quickly, some people are taking some serious risks, walking without looking where they’re going.
All in all, it’s a fun app, a nostalgic return to our childhood. If you haven’t already, go give it a try, though we’d suggest waiting for the app to be officially released in India *wink* (do be careful though, and watch where you step). It’s a free app, though it does have in-app purchases. Go catch some Pokémon, train them, battle at gyms, and finally ‘be the very best, like no one ever was’!