Pokémon Go Review

So far, we've told you what Pokémon Go is and how it works, how to stay safe while playing Pokémon Go, and how much Pokémon Go costs to play.  Now, we'll put it all together and give you our opinion on what Pokémon Go has going for it, as well as what holds it back from being as good as it can be.


  • Free to play -- Pokémon Go costs no money to download, install, or play.  There is the advent of exchanging PokéCoins (which can be bought or earned) for more items in the game, but this is largely not necessary for experiencing the fun of the game.

  • Get out and explore! -- One of the coolest aspects of Pokémon Go is that it works in conjunction with real-world GPS locations, and that the Pokémon by-and-large don't come to you; you have to go to them.  This means getting out of the house and exploring your local neighbourhood for Pokémon, PokéStops, Gyms, and more.  In addition to learning about your surroundings, you'll get plenty of exercise, too!

  • Play how you want to -- There are several different play styles in Pokémon Go.  Some people just want to collect as many Pokémon as they can.  Others want to collect specific types, make them stronger, and battle against other people in Gyms.  It's up to you what you want to do on your Pokémon adventure.


  • Don't get distracted -- You're likely going to have to be looking at your mobile device a lot in order to find and catch Pokémon, visit PokéStops, or challenge Gyms.  However, that doesn't mean that you should ignore everything else!  People have been hurt or put in embarrassing (or even dangerous) situations because they weren't paying attention to their surroundings.

  • Difficult to play in rural areas -- Because of the way that Pokémon Go is designed, more Pokémon, PokéStops, and Gyms appear in urban areas as opposed to rural ones.  So if you live outside of big cities, you may need to get creative in how to get out and catch Pokémon.  Consider trying to do so while in a car or on a bus (but don't play if you're driving!).

  • Watch your data and battery -- One of the biggest complaints with Pokémon Go is that it uses a lot of your mobile device's data plan, and that it drains your mobile device's battery relatively fast.  Keep an eye on how much data you use, both in Pokémon Go as well as other applications on your device.  Also, watch your battery use, and perhaps have an emergency charger on hand.

The bottom line: 7.5/10

Pokémon Go is an innovative game that is sure to delight, whether it's helping fulfill childhood fantasies or just giving you an excuse to take a walk around your local area and do something fun while you're at it.  The game is free to download and play, and although there are in-app purchases, they're by-and-large not needed to enjoy the game.  The choice of whether to try and capture all of the Pokémon that you can, or breed specific ones for battle, adds another dimension of fun to the game.  A major downside to the game is that it can be overly distracting, which can lead to embarrassing or dangerous situations.  Another knock against it is that most of the gameplay is concentrated in urban areas, meaning that people in rural or suburban areas will have a bit of a tougher time finding gameplay elements such as Pokémon, PokéStops, or Gyms.  And playing the game can take a toll on your mobile device's battery and data plan.


Well, that's what we think are the strong and weak points of Pokémon Go.  But why not try it for yourself and form your own opinion?  The game is free to play, after all!  Our next tutorial will show you how to download and install Pokémon Go to your mobile device!


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