Pokémon Go, developed by Niantic Labs, uses your phone’s GPS and camera to create an augmented reality (AR) monster hunting game, blending the real world with a simulated online world.
The aim of the game is to collect and trade cartoonish creatures called Pokémon (Pocket Monsters) in order to gain points, ‘candies’ and ‘stardust’, and level up your character. After levelling up you can then ‘battle’ other teams to win control of important locations called ‘Pokémon Gyms’, usually located in real life public meeting spots like parks or landmarks. This is all done using a Google style in-game map that shows you where these creatures and locations are in relation to your real life location.
Pokémon Go is intended for users aged 9 and up and is available free from both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. Pokémon Go requires a Google account or a Pokémon Trainer Club account for sign-in—both of which are free to set up.
Important information to be aware of about Pokemon Go:
When creating your player profile, refrain from using personal information, such as your full name.
Be aware that the game is location based, so by playing you are sharing your location with the service.
The app is free to download and in-app purchases are available.