Pokémon GO is a mobile game with the focus of bringing the world of Pokémon into reality. With the use of GPS technology, players will be able to track down and capture different types of Pokémon, trade them with friends, and have battles with other players, all based in the real world. The app will be made available in 2016 for both iPhone and Android and will be free to download on Google Play and the iPhone App Store. For those looking to enhance their experience, in-app purchases will be offered as well as Pokémon GO Plus, a small device to keep you connected even when you are not online. According to the official Pokémon website, “the device connects … via Bluetooth” and uses “an LED and vibration” to alert players of happenings within the game. Pokémon Go is Niantic Inc.’s second “augmented reality mobile game”, the first being Ingress.
Ingress is a story-based sci-fi game in which players choose a side to fight for and then travel to cultural sites (monuments, sculptures, or museums) and collect energy from “portals” for their chosen alliance. Like Pokémon GO, Ingress is also a GPS-based game requiring the player to interact with the real world in order to complete missions. Ingress was released in 2014 and is available for download on Google Play for free.
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