So, everyone sees these random young youth’s walking around staring at their phone. These kids aren’t lost on Facebook or Twitter.  They are trying to “catch em’ all”. Pokemon that is. These kids are playing Pokemon Go, a fantasy world that combines an interactive GPS locator with the idea of catching fictional monsters. Many of the older generation that you see playing the game were once those same kids playing Pokemon on their Gameboys in junior high. Though the game has limited battle experience or training ability which was one of the larger appeals of its old counterpart, Pokemon Go has its own pluses.

First and foremost, the best part about Pokemon Go is that you get to feel like a Pokemon trainer. You get to travel around and catch Pokemon in the wild. The leveling system is unique in that you must catch multiple of the same Pokemon to collect candy. Each Pokemon needs different amounts of candy to evolve. It also takes candy to level up the Pokemon. Not all Pokemon are equal and certain ones are stronger than others. Likewise, the same type of Pokemon has different strengths. Fortunately, with newer updates, you can appraise your Pokemon to know if you want to evolve them or if they’re strong. I would suggest going with either a strong or amazing Pokemon appraisal for evolution. CP (which stands for combat power) is the overall strength of your Pokemon. Using a combination of stardust and candy (both of which are collected when you catch Pokemon).

Each pokemon has two moves and each move has a different speed and element. The moving element usually corresponds to the pokemon element. As updates have come out, the move sets have changed so it’s more common to have different moves that differ from the pokemon’s element. The two moves Pokemon have is a quick move and a charged move. The quick moves have different speeds so do be surprised if it seems like some Pokemon quick moves are faster than others. The quick moves build up the charged move. As you deal damage you’ll see the bar at the bottom become filled up. After the bubble is charged up, you can click the button that shows the move type and you get a powered move.

Although you don’t get to battle other trainer’s (yet), you do fight over gyms. There are 3 teams to choose from and after you have picked your allegiance you can fight over the gyms. The point in holding the gyms is to collect gold, which you can turn in for items such as poke balls, incubators, and other various items. Paying real money for gold is always an option but then you’ve turned a free game into a pay to play the game and where’s the fun in that.

Pokemon Go is a fun game where you can live out the experience of being a “real” Pokemon trainer. Just remember to play safe and be aware of your surroundings. Have fun and “catch ‘em all”.

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