Pokemon GO is a free to play mobile fantasy action-adventure for iOS and Android devices, which invites you to discover Pokemon in a whole new world; your own! Pokemon GO uses real world locations which players will be more familiar with as the setting for the game; to capture more Pokemon, you need to get out there and look for them! Explore your hometown and nearby places to seek out new Pokemon; when you’re near one, your phone will vibrate to let you know you’re hot on the trail. When you find a Pokemon, take aim with your smartphone’s touchscreen and toss a Pokeball to catch it; be careful though, or you may frighten it and it might run away! Get up, get out there, and explore, and become the best trainer in the whole world!
Pokemon GO Key Features
Explore Your World – You must explore the world around you to capture new Pokemon. Certain types may only be found in certain places; for instance, you must be near a lake or the sea to find water types! Keep your eyes open for PokeStops, special places like museums, where you can get more PokeBalls and other items.
Join A Team – Sooner or later, you’ll be asked to join one of three different teams. Your job is to work with your teammates to train your Pokemon and defend your local gym! A portable device called the Pokémon GO Plus will enable Pokémon GO players to stay connected to the game even when they’re not watching their phones.
Evolve Your Pokemon – If you capture several Pokemon of the same type, you may be given the option to evolve them into new types. Also, keep an eye out for Pokemon eggs at PokeStops; these eggs will hatch after you have walked a given distance, and might reveal very rare and unique types of Pokemon!
Face The Challenge – Unlock achievement medals by completing challenges, and prove to the world that you’re the best trainer ever. Are you up to the challenge?
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