So, there’s been an awful lot of chatter about Pokémon Go over the past few days, but the real question is - is it worth your time (when it eventually becomes available in the UK)? To answer your question, potential Pokémon Trainer, we have braved the terrifying underbelly of the internet (otherwise known as the comments section) to get hold of the game for ourselves.
This game is very much made for mobile devices and, as such, is far more simplified than the level of complexity you can come up against in the full games. Catching a pokémon for example, is as simple as a swipe of your finger - no weakening of your opponent necessary (or, indeed, possible).
Training pokémon is based around candy, specific to that pokémon - which you can only build up by catching more of the same - and stardust, which you build up as you capture pokémon. Evolving takes purely candy, sometimes as many as 50 or more, which means you have a lot of wandering to do.
The actual pokémon you’re likely to find all come from the original 150, arguably the most well-known and most loved set of creatures, and the excitement of discovering a new one and starting to fill out your Pokédex shouldn’t be underestimated.
So far there’s a lot of fun to be had with the game, but whether it will have the staying power to hold people’s attention in the long run is what will truly be the test of its success.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to try to evolve my Pigeotto.