You’ve probably heard or read something about Pokemon Go recently. Or at least you’ve seen crowds of twenty-somethings walking around with their phones looking anxiously about for something. Perhaps you’ve had to chase a few off your lawn.
And kids aren’t the only ones playing. You’ll see two and even three generations of a family playing together. For those of you not familiar with Pokemon, it was a popular card game, video game, and cartoon back in the late 1990 and early 2000s. (It never went away but the popularity did wane.) That’s part of the reason you see so many excited twenty-somethings playing the game. The cartoon characters of their youth now appear to be out running the streets.
Pokemon Go is a mobile app for Android and iPhone that’s a combination scavenger hunt, video game, and photo safari. It differs from games like Angry Birds or Candy Crush in that it actually forces you to get outside and go places. Walking is a requirement to succeed in the game. A friend told me that her teen son, who hadn’t left his room much all summer, actually walked five miles in three days and volunteered to run errands. This type of game would only be possible on a smartphone because a mobile device like this can track locations, how much you’ve walked and connect you with other players.
It was released with little fanfare and managed to pick about 10 million daily active users in just a few weeks just by word of mouth.
I first took note of Pokemon Go when I saw a crowd of 20-somethings standing in front of a fountain in my neighborhood pointing their phones towards it.
So, now that you know it’s a game that requires players to get out and about, let’s take a closer look at how it works.
We’ll explore the rules tomorrow in Part 2 of this tip.