Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game released in July 2016 was an instant success in the gaming industry. The success of the game was largely contributed by the fans of the original series. Their interest solely lies in the nostalgia, one get when playing Pokémon Go.
In order to understand why this game is so popular, we installed Pokémon Go in an Android device in 2017. Even though we had an account created in 2016, when it first launched, we didn’t delve into it.
We launched the installed Pokémon Go to find that the trainer level was just two. Since it doesn’t make much of a difference in our analysis, we started our three-day journey with the innovative game. Fundamentally, the game interface is excellent with the Niantic logo while starting the game. The trainer avatar is good but with very little customisation options to fiddle with. The main objective of this game as everyone knows is to catch Pokémon.
One of the disappointing features is the lack of progress in-game when the trainer is stationary.
We are not the ideal people who travel and roam through the streets to visit PokeStops and Pokémon Gyms. It was quite embarrassing for us to take an Android device and check the screen as soon as we reach a Pokémon Go destination. In addition to the embarrassment, some Pokémon Gyms are not accessible, as they are located inside institutions.The game could have been far better, if they made the hatching of the Pokémon eggs by giving a certain time period rather than endless walking. It would have been nice to see if one could play Pokémon Go offline, at least some features like training or egg hatching something to keep us invested.
Pokémon Go has a serious battery 🔋 draining issue, which is expected as the game uses precise GPS location and mobile data to function.
Next on the list was to visit PokeStops and Gyms. There were four PokeStops and Pokémon Gyms nearby. Having visited two of them, where we could only scarcely collect resources like Pokeballs (which unnecessarily break even when catching a low-level Pokémon), potion, berry etc.
One can get experience (+XP) for catching Pokémon, visiting Gyms and PokeStops. By day two, we reached level seven and there was a Pokémon raid active in the city. Unluckily it was Lugia, the legendary one. We reached the Gym took our first Pokémon fight (My highest Pokémon CP was 94) whereas Lugia was above 12,000 CP. Not a single soul was there to play the game and enter the raid. We were utterly defeated and almost all my pokémon had to be revived.
The addition of a in-game medical facility would have being helpful.
We expected some kind of ultra rare Pokémon even after the defeat. Players have a chance of obtaining rare pokémon when they defeat a pokémon at a Gym. But those who were defeated made an effort and it had to be rewarded. But sadly, we had to walk two kilometres back to our starting point. It was our fault to conduct a Pokémon raid at the level we were but Lugia was a legendary pokémon, and people expect the area packed with Pokémon.
On our journey back, we posted two Pokémon in the nearby friendly gyms – Pikachu (79) & Staryu (90). We also used lure and incense to capture some low CP pokemon and the highest was CP 395.
The third and final day was pretty straight forward and the two warriors returned as the two gyms were captured by trainers of levels 25 and 35. The highest level Pokémon obtained (444 CP) during the hatching of an egg (5kms). Later in the day, we sat near a PokeStop and gathered stuff like ten times. At night, we gladly uninstalled the game.
We had a certain urge to reinstall the tiring game. It takes a lot of effort to survive in the game for a novice in 2017. Nostalgia alone may make you play this game but this is more suited for travellers and explorers. Share us your experience and views about Pokemon Go, is it worth playing in 2017?