Pokémon Go is fun for all


“Gotta catch them all!” is a familiar line from the hit Pokemon franchise, which has been around for many years and now has a new format. The newest mobile game, Pokémon Go, has been sweeping the nation for the past few months.

(Photo of Stevenson University's PokéStop on Pokémon Go)
(Photo of Stevenson University’s PokéStop on Pokémon Go)

Launched in July, the game has many people trying to catch various Pokémon, who can be found all over by using a GPS. When users enter the game, they are shown a map of their surroundings and a location of where each Pokémon can be found if there are any nearby. Those close by are shown in the lower right corner of the screen, and players can tap on the nearby Pokémon to show how far away it is.

Users create Pokémon trainers who have the ability to catch each Pokémon and store it in a backpack that advances them to the next level. As users try to catch as many Pokémon as possible, the game then will advance to the next level to prompt them to keep on playing. Once they achieve a certain level and capture certain Pokémon characters, they get points to rank against others. Certain Pokémon, however, are harder to find and catch, which makes the game even more challenging.

Players can battle other Pokémon trainers as they play the game, which will also help accumulate points and advance to get farther in the game. Pokémon Go is surprisingly popular among all ages. The game now has over 30 million users and is continuing to grow nationally and internationally.

Those who want an interactive game that is fun and easy to play should look into Pokémon Go. It’s available for free on iOS and Android devices as well as Windows and Amazon phones. For more information, visit the Pokémon Go website or search for it in the App Store.