Pack your Pokedex and set out for Saffron City, because Pokemon GO has landed.
It’s time to follow our dreams and become a Pokemon Master! So that’s what one of our team did (or tried to do). And after 24 hours, what’s the verdict? Is this game really worth all the hype?
Pokemon GO is finally available in the UK, officially. It’s worth repeating.
So when my BFF sent me a text that said one word:
I knew something magical was about to happen. So I got it. Downloaded. Hands shaking with excitement. Aaaand… I couldn’t play it.
The servers were down and despite repeated attempts, it just wasn’t gonna happen. Lesson number 1 – the servers are completely overrun at certain times of the day. The next morning however, there was some success.
There is not any real tutorial (at least, the wasn’t when I logged on…) so it’s a little bit like poking at the screen until things happen.
But I got there. And soon I was choosing my starter Pokemon. Rather awkwardly I was, uh, shall we say “sat” in the bathroom when I got this point. So catching my starter Pokemon meant a very weird VR situation where I legit shouted to anyone that might be listening “THERE’S A SQUIRTLE IN MY BRA!”
Lesson number 2 – You will spend far too long trying to catch a Spearow off your dog’s butt.
— IGN @ PAX East (@IGN) July 14, 2016
It was official. I was on my way to be a freakin’ Pokemon master. And since I live in the countryside, there must be a MILLION wild Pokemon to catch, right?
Wrong. So wrong. Lesson number 3 – if you live in the middle of nowhere, there will be nothing to catch. Yep, this game is pretty much redundant if you’re anything less than suburban. There’s a little widget that tells you what Pokemon are nearby. I had a Weedle. Somewhere.
But I’ll be damned if I could find it… And I walked nearly 5km around my area. Alas.
Lesson number 4 – if you walk with your face in your phone, accidents will happen. Mind the curbs. Hedges. Cars. Live animals. Live people. DEAD PEOPLE…
BUT! I wasn’t about to be beaten. Lesson number 5 – going into town is like being a kid in a candy store. This is where all the Pokemon are at.
So much fun was had throwing my Pokeballs around, picking up swag from prominent landmarks and buldings, and generally looking like a crazy person….Lesson number 6 – running across the road while shouting “THAT VENONAT IS MINE” draws the wrong kind of attention. Also, see ‘lesson 4’.
It was teatime and I’d been obsessively playing Pokemon GO for nearly 24 hours. Aaaand, lesson number 7 – this app will totally fry your battery.
However, I had walked. A LOT. Lesson number 8 – playing Pokemon GO has deceptively made me exercise!
— Castro1021 (@Castro1021) July 14, 2016
So what can I say after a day’s worth of Pokemon overload? Yes. It’s pretty darn awesome. Yes. It’s worth every ounce of hype surrounding it. Yes. You should download it.
Catch ’em all!