The location-based augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go is fast spreading around the world and gaining positive reviews.
Few hours ago, the developers of the game announced its release in Japan in a tweet that read:
‘Trainers in Japan, thank you for being patient. Pokémon Go is now available to download in Japan.’
The game app was first released on July 6, 2016, in Australia, New Zealand and United States only. Since its first release, it has continued to gain an unbelievably fast and strong reputation, according to analytics.
It quickly topped the American iOs App Store’s ‘Top Grossing’ and ‘Free’ charts. It has also become the fastest game to top the App Store and Google Play, beating Clash Royale. Within two days of its first release, it was installed on more than 5% of Android devices in the United States. In a week of its first release, the game app was downloaded more than 10 million times, becoming the fastest of such app to do so. It has also surpassed the previous record held by Candy Crush Saga in the United States to become one of the most used apps.
The gameplay requires players to travel the real world collecting Pokémon characters and other game artefacts. A player’s avatar moves along the game’s map as the player moves about in the real world.
Many critics praise the game’s featuring of real life movement and player interaction. The real life movement is seen as a useful exercise routine, while the real life player interaction fosters social interaction.