Pokémon Go

Having played the original Pokémon Red/Blue games back in the '90s on the Gameboy I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I downloaded Pokémon Go on my Sony Experia Android phone.

Having downloaded it, signed up for a new account using my Google login. You can also register using the Pokémon Trainer Club.

I opened the front door and went for a wander down the street. Pretty soon I stumbled upon a wild Pidgey. I instantly recognized the beast as I was an avid Pokémon Red player from the '90s. After tossing a few Pokéballs I captured it and earned some experience points. So far it reminds of the Safari Zone from the games of old, just minus the rock throwing!

I decided to head into town and see what else would appear on my phone screen. There was a lot more going on in town. Pokéstops, Pokémon Gyms and, lots more Pokémon springing up all around me!

If there are not many Pokémon in the area you can just head over to one of the many Pokéstops and, using a Lure Module, plug it into a Pokéstop and for 30 minutes wild Pokémon will be drawn to the Pokéstop. What I'm really waiting for is a wild Lapras to appear, one of my favorite creatures from the original games. Alas there was no Lapras, just a bunch of useless Weedle's!

There are also gyms dotted around my local town. The purpose of these is to allow you to battle gym leaders using your Pokémon who will gain experience during the battle. I need to get a lot more experience points before I start to challenge to the bad-ass gym leaders I've seen so far!

Overall Pokémon Go is a compelling game that will get you out from in-front of the TV and exploring your local surroundings and getting some exercise, which has to be a good thing.

The variety of Pokémon that can be caught and the training of a team of Pokémon to take on the local gym leaders will surely keep you entertained for a long while to come.

Pokémon Go