Hey guys, Dwarf here, it’s time to remember our childhood, I still remember many years ago, waking up early on a Saturday morning to see what ash and pikachu’s next adventure was, and just wishing I could be among them, as a fellow trainer. And be warned, many terrible Pokemon puns await. Let’s go!

Well, it’s a good 15 years too late but now, finally, I can walk out with my iPhone as my pokedex and finally catch them all, for all 2 hours of the battery.
Yes I’m on about Pokemon Go, and I must say the games opening moments were just gastly. It started off full of bugs and not the kind we want to be catching, and the servers themselves were a bit Krabby, but it’s bad some updates and it’s slowly becoming the game we

Growing up in London, seeing herds of rats and pigeons are nothing new to me, being in Brighton has only replaced that with seagulls, but I never thought I’d get excited over seeing a digital version of it on my screen, practically identical to the sprites on the newer DS games, it’s perfectly exeggcute-d that I can interact with and almost believe it to be real.

Trust me, I’m a huge Pokemon fan, I’ve had a tattoo of a pokeball for a few years now, and finally, it’s relevant, but for those of you who may be new to this scene, and think it may all just be a bit of a hype, let me explain, in as few words as possible, I don’t want to make you drowzee.

It’s a free game, (depending on your definition of free, it has fallen to the curse of microtransactions) that has dominated the app stores worldwide, as it is the first augmented reality adventure game based on a huge and vastly popular cartoon and game series, where you find these adorable little creatures called Pokemon, and decide the right thing to do is stuff them inside these little balls and bring them out to fight each other to exhaustion. It’s a friendly game really, but there’s one thing. It’s addictive. You will find yourself in a hypno state walking the streets staring at your phone talking to yourself as you need to grab that few more candy to evolve your cat into a bigger cat.
Not kidding, this is how we look to the outside world. Police have issued warnings and some people are getting paranoid or fear for others safety, but let’s be honest guys, if we are careful and responsible it could be a wonderful thing.

Whether it’s to lose weight or socialise, this game can have you walking kilometres at a time to hatch eggs or catch more, you’ll be sure to find something you love. It looks fantastic, the AU interface works wonderfully (sometimes) and the controls are basic, swipe tap tap, a traditional phone game.

Be you a Pokemon fan, or just someone looking to jump on the bandwagon, young or old, this is a fantastic game, your phone will be stuck to your hands like a magnemite. Though not without its flaws, I’d give it a chancey and hand it a solid 9/10. It’s aware of its issues, battery drain and whatnot, and in the future we can look forward to trainer battles and trading, with approximately 150 to catch so far, what’s stopping you from having a lovely stroll on the sea front on a rare sunny day, maybe you’ll even get the elusive pikachu.
But please, and I can’t stress this enough, be careful, the huge warning upon starting up the game is clear, but even if it is a rare Pokemon in the middle of the road, it’s not worth it.
I look forward to seeing you all on your Pokemon adventures, and how many Pokemon puns did you spot?
Enjoy, and be careful, wild Pokemon can appear in tall grass!

George Shine
@dwarfsdigs

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