Gotta Catch Em All?

If you’ve seen people running across the road in the last week, phone in hand and racing to get to a particular spot…they’re not late for a meeting, they’re probably trying to catch a Pokémon.

What Is It?
Pokémon Go was released in early July, but only became available to certain countries. While South African users aren’t yet able to download it using the usual iTunes or Google Play store, the APK (that’s a package of the application’s files!) are easily found online and eager Android device gamers have got right to it. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality mobile application, that puts the play back into real life. It’s completely free to download and, as I type this, I’m waiting for my kid to come along and ask me to find the APK. It’ll happen soon. Check out this video for an overview of the game:

How Does It Work?
Pokémon Go uses your mobile phone’s GPS to locate you and then lets you know when there’s a Pokémon nearby so you can run off and catch it. Alternatively, you can grab an evolution shard that will help you ‘level up’ any Pokémon you currently have in your collection. Virtual Pokéstops have been set up across the globe and all sorts of fun facilities are now ‘hidden’ in the real-virtual world players immerse themselves in.

What’s Next?

From what I’ve seen so far, eager players are already setting up teams and leagues, covering more ground together to catch all the Pokémon they can. In the meantime, keep a look out for eager Pokémon Go players in the world. iPhone users, Tech Girl wrote a quick guide for how you can get Pokémon Go too! 


Cath Jenkin

As a mom, Cath raises her daughter with a strong focus on technology, as she believes that digital literacy is as important as learning to read. With a long history of creating content for online and print publications, and in particular as a parenting columnist, Cath brings her curious mind... Read more

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