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Pokémon GO Explained

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Pokémon GO is an interactive, mobile game that uses your phone's GPS data and clock to show Pokémon hidden near your current, physical location. The Pokémon which appear on-screen in the app  can be captured. As you go to different locations and explore different cities and towns, the types of Pokémon you encounter will change. The game was developed by Niantic.

Capturing Wild Pokemon

In the game app, you simply aim and launch a Poké Ball to catch the wild Pokémon you discover. Catching the same species of Pokémon allows you to evolve the wild catch. When you encounter a Pokémon in the wild you can turn on your device camera and see the Pokémon in a live scene and save snapshots.

Other game highlights include  PokéStops. These are typically located at "real world" places, like a museum or library. Exploring PokéStops allows you to collect Poké Balls and other items.  There is also an optional device, called the Pokémon GO Plus. This portable device lets people play without looking at a phone screen. The device connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth and notifies the player about events in the game.

Pokemon GO Capture

Image: Pokémon GO live scene

Pokémon GO: Free App, With In-Game Currency/Purchases

Pokémon GO is a free app and available for Android and iOS devices and is playable in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Some items and features are available via in-app purchases, where players spend real money on PokéCoins, the in-game currency of Pokémon GO.

According to news outlet, CNBC, players of Pokémon Go spent more than $250 million on in-game app purchases in its first few weeks, with the figures suggesting the game is on course to hit $1 billion in sales.

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