Pokemon Go News and Review: Australian gamers swarm around police station; Niantic blocks players who used leaked apps

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Pokemon Go logo (photo courtesy of Nintendo/Niantic Labs, Inc./The Pokemon Company)

Pokemon Go continues to surface worldwide as it started to conquer Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Nintendo and the Pokemon Company remain silent regarding Go’s release in other places.

In Australia, Pokemon Go games started roaming around the Darwin Police Station, which functions as a special Pokestop location in the game. In a Facebook post, Northern Territory Police, Fire, and Emergency Services warned the Pokemon Go players that they don’t need to step inside the building to gain pokeballs.

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“For those budding Pokemon Trainers out there using Pokemon Go – whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokestop, please be advised that you don’t actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs.

“It’s also a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street. That Sandshrew isn’t going anywhere fast.”

“Stay safe and catch ’em all!”

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A Pokemon Go player shared on Facebook some useful information about the game:

My 10 facts and pointers about Pokémon Go!

  1. The Pokémon GO Plus wearable. You can use this gadget to catch Pokémon in the augmented reality game and get game notifications without having to take out your smartphone.
  2. Only the original first 150 Pokémons are included in this game. Pokémons like Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle are rare and difficult to find but the good thing is that the last three Pokémons mentioned are your options as your starter Pokémon.
  3. You can have your own customizable avatar that will represent you as a Pokémon trainer. You can customize your own avatar by choosing clothing, gender, facial features, etc.
  4. First thing with this game is you can simply try and capture a Pokémon using a Pokéball (you have limited amount of Pokéballs but you can gain more by leveling up yourself or buying them at the shop by using PokéCoins). The Pokémon will appear in AR (Augmented Reality) on the streets or you can turn off the camera and just view them on your smartphone.
  5. There are no on-the-spot battles during encounters with other wild Pokémons. You can only have Pokémon battles at the gym that can be found in real world locations.
  6. Having to visit a gym, you can battle your own Pokémon with other Pokémons. At the gym, you can join either Blue, Red or Yellow team. You can then train your Pokemon there to level up its stats. The Pokémon battles aren’t like what we’ve seen in earlier versions of the Pokémon game in Nintendo portables. (I wonder what it looks like?).
  7. Certain types of Pokémon, for example, a water-type one, will only be found near areas with bodies of water. Pokéballs and other items can be purchased from PokéStops, which are real locations like museums, monuments and other landmarks (that provides merchandising perhaps).
  8. You can use PokéCoins to buy stuff at the shop. Here in the Philippines, purchasing 100 PokéCoins costs P47.00. There are a lot of items to buy in the shop like incenses, lures, bag (capacity) expansion, Pokémon storage expansion and more.
  9. The funny thing is, the idea of developing this game was when Google made an April Fools’ joke about 3 years ago with their Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge. That challenge led to The Pokémon Company president and CEO of Niantic making a decision to collaborate and do something in the future, and that is the Ingress-inspired Pokémon GO game.
  10. Pokémon Go as of this time has not been available in Android Google Playstore and in iOS Apple App Store. But there’s already a leaked apk (sorry iPhone users) ubiquitously spreading today on the net. Check the link below. Also, some issues have been encountered by phone users with Intel Atom processors. Hopefully, Niantic can address this one.

Though the game is not yet released in some place, fans of the popular game cannot help themselves but look for alternative ways to play the game. However, the Pokemon Go players, who are not located in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States, were reportedly blocked from playing the game.

Photo courtesy: Nintendo/Niantic Labs, Inc./The Pokemon Company

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