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Although this technology and game-play had existed previously in the developers games (like Ingress) Pokémon Go had huge success with families and people of all ages. By early 2019, the game had over a billion global downloads, grossing over $3 billion in revenue. The game also had over 147 million monthly active users as of May 2018.
Its unique collecting game-play combined with needing to explore your local area to find creatures was a big hit. The game converted local sites of interest, like Churches, Castles and rivers into elements in the game.
- Ingres (2013)
- Pokemon Go (2016) on iOS and Android
- Ingres Prime (2017) on iOS and Android, updated with a superhero aesthetic and story.
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (2019) on iOS and Android, with a Harry Potter theme.
It has been followed up by Harry Potter: Wizards Unite which offers a similar experienced, themed around the popular wizard rather than Pokemon creatures.
Cross-Platform: Play with people across iOS and Android.
You can play this game in the following styles:
The game contains in-app purchases and users can add friends and send gifts. You also need to take care when playing outside for dangers like traffic.
Account RatingAccount required for online play that has 13 years old as minimum age. You need to be 13, to have an account to play the game the game. Parents can setup a Niantic Kids account and connect it with Pokémon Go. This also enables them to manage what personal information their child can share, friend requests and screen time.
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can purchase Pokecoins in the game to speed up progress.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
Moving the device's camera around is required to get the full function of AR features, like feeding your Pokémon or catching Pokémon. But, this is not necessarily required to enjoy the game. AR can be turned off in the game settings; after doing so, players can complete tasks without the need to aim the camera. When catching Pokémon, for example, the AR can be turned off and players can catch Pokémon using just finger taps to select items and gestures, like swipes, to use them.
With a separate purchase of a Pokémon GO Plus or a Poke Ball Plus accessory, a player can catch Pokémon and spin PokeStops with a single button press on that device. Players cannot fully play the game using either of these devices, however.
For the most part, Pokémon GO can be played with single finger taps and swipes. But, two fingers are needed to zoom in and out on the map.
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