Remember the time when you saw people from all age groups, Pokemon fan or not, running around with their phones in hand searching for rare Pokémon? Some would put themselves in danger by driving while playing or by walking onto roads. Now you can read what changed since then.
For those of you who don’t know; Pokémon Go is a mobile game where you walk around in real life and catch Pokémon on your phone.
Pokémon Go was released July 2016, and like many of you I played it. Even though I enjoyed the concept of running around catching Pokémon, hatching eggs and taking Gyms, it got boring for multiple reasons. You were only able to catch or evolve Pokémon from the first Generation. Furthermore you weren’t able to add friends nor could you trade Pokémon. The social aspect was completely missing. Also, shiny Pokémon weren’t in the game yet. PokéStops, which you need to get items such as Poké Balls, are too scattered or don’t exist at all in rural areas. You could say the same about Gyms which you need to earn coins to buy items in the shop.
Luckily Niantic kept working on the app and improved on some of the issues. Now you can catch Pokémon from Generation 1 to 4, you can add Friends and trade Pokémon with them plus send every friend one gift per day, which can contain Stardust to upgrade your Pokémon, Berries which have different effects, eggs to hatch, and Poké Balls. Gifts can be found by using PokéStops. Furthermore they give you experience points to level up. The higher your level the stronger the Pokémon you encounter. Raids were added, which you can enter by using a Raid pass. You get one free pass every day by using a PokéStop. Raids appear in Gyms and up to 20 players can join a raid. After succeeding a raid you get a chance to catch the raid boss with Premier Balls. The amount of Balls you get depends on how much damage you and your Team (Valor, Mystic, Instinct) did.
Trainer battles were released so now you can battle your friends in three different leagues depending on the combat power (CP) of the Pokémon you want to choose. Each Trainer can only choose three Pokémon to fight with. The Combat System consists of tapping on your screen for your Pokémon’s Fast Attack which slowly charges your Charge Attack. Every Pokémon can now have two Charge Attacks. Additionally you can block your Opponents Charge Attack with a shield but only twice each battle. You can switch your Pokémon as long as you are not getting attacked by a Charge Attack. As rewards for participating in battle you can receive Stardust, Rare Candy or even a Sinnoh Stone which you need to evolve certain Pokémon.
The Shop used to only sell Items like Pokeballs, Incubators and Lure Modules but now you can upgrade your item and Pokémon bag limit there as well. Different customizable clothes for your Trainer were added as well, some of them you have to unlock for purchase with certain activities. You can only earn 50 coins a day by placing your Pokémon in a Gym. You receive the coins once your Pokémon was defeated and returns to you.
Special Research and Field Research Quests were added and they give players more incentive to keep playing regularly. In Special Research Quests you have to complete all tasks to get rewarded by being able to catch a rare or mythical Pokémon. Field Research Quests take at least seven days to complete if you get a stamp every day, to get a stamp you need to complete a small task you get from PokeStops. Once you have seven stamps you unlock a Research Breakthrough with Stardust, a random Item and Pokémon encounter as reward.
Not all issues I had with Pokémon Go were fixed though. The boring fighting system which is just tapping on your touchscreen like a maniac for instance. Also too few Poké Stops and Gyms in rural areas disrupts the fun of the game and the fairness of being able to level up just as quick as other players who live in cities.
Most changes so far were positive especially the ones that encouraged more social interactions like raids, gifts and trading. The steadily increasing number of Pokémon you can catch with each generation introduced to the app and the community events keeps motivating to catch ‘em all.
What changes do you want to see in the future? Are there any changes or aspects of Pokémon Go you like or dislike?