Pokemon Go! Review
Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.
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.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 20 players online. You can battle one on one when in the same place as other people. You can also compete in “raid” battles with up to 19 other people in the same battle.
Cross-Play: Play with people across iOS and Android.
You can purchase Pokecoins in the game to speed up progress.
This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.
Rated PEGI 7+ for mild violence against fantasy characters. Users can engage the cartoon, fantasy characters in Gym battles, which involves two of them sending waves and elements between each other. When hit, they flinch and there is a brief flash. When defeated, they disappear and a glowing orb appears. They then evolve into their next character. Characters can be healed by buying potions.
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.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.
Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.
Our experts have hand-picked the following similar games for you. These offer a similar way to play to Pokemon Go! or are games with a similar theme or topic. These are good alternative games to Pokemon Go!.
Thank you for using our resource, supported by AskAboutGames, ParentZone and PlayAbility Initiative. We are editorially independent, written by parents for parents, but welcome sponsorship, partnership and suggestions. Email our editor for details on these opportunities.
The information on this database is designed to support and complement the in-depth discussion and advice about video game "addiction", violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. If you have any concerns or questions in these areas, email our editor who is quick to respond or can arrange for a one-to-one conversation.