Ok yes I know Pokémon Go has been out for a while now, and yes I know it has taken a hit on the number of people still playing, but I finally have a phone that is capable of using it. Granted I did download the app on my old phone I had and set up my account, but that was all I was able to do. I’m going to start off and say that my experience with Pokémon games is very limited. In fact I have played about 10 minutes of a Gameboy Color Pokémon game and the only reason I own one on the GameCube is because it came with the system. I believe before Pokémon Go my total playing time with a Pokémon game was 20 minutes (that’s at most).
Now that we all know my experience level with Pokémon, we can continue with my experience with Pokémon Go. I have gone on one walk so far with it open. I have also looked up things about it online since I have no idea what I’m doing. During this walk I encountered several PokéStops and had quite a few Pokémon show up on the Pokémon Sightings in the bottom. I also managed to capture some Pokémon (5) while I was out.
It took me a while, but I think I finally got the hang of capturing Pokémon by the time I was done. PokéStops are pretty easy to understand. You go to one and spin its circle icon to get the experience points and Poké Balls. I’m not at a high enough level (only level 3) to use any of the gyms at the moment or to even pick a team. I also still don’t know if the Pokémon simply appear or if I have to tap the screen to make them appear. I am very much a noob when it comes to Pokémon Go.
Overall it was an interesting experience. It does make walks more interesting. I can see it being really fun to use with a group. It could add an extra feature on scavenger hunts. Maybe bonus points for Pokémon captured while on the hunt for the items. I can see the appeal, especially if you like Pokémon.