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  • Summary: Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth. Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you—so get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the world. You’ll join one of three teams and battle for the prestige andVenusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth. Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you—so get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the world. You’ll join one of three teams and battle for the prestige and ownership of Gyms with your Pokémon at your side. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. 100
    Once I’m actually playing, I have a ball with this, because it is, in a very real sense, a cultural phenomenon. Never has a game managed to get people to flock over to specific areas of town like birds to seed. People point to it being too simple as a game, but really the game bit is barely relevant. What is relevant is that this game has people out and about, socialising and exploring. There’s a group experience event going on with Pokemon Go, and it’s addictive to simply be part of the collective.
  2. Jul 12, 2016
    80
    An amazing game. I would even dare to say that it is an amazing social experience. The idea of traveling, meeting new trainers and catch pokemons everywhere is simply too good to be true. Cannot wait to play it even more, I've never been so eager to go grocery shopping.
  3. Jul 22, 2016
    80
    Pokemon GO is already the best thing from 2016. Although the game has some server issues, once these problems are resolved the hype will probably continue. Thanks to limitless possibilities in add ons of Pokemon and features.
  4. Jul 14, 2016
    70
    It's not perfect, but it is special. Pokémon Go uses a set of simple but functional mechanics to encourage social play and actual exercise. You won't love it purely for the game (if battling with friends is introduced that may well change) but what the game inspires is absolutely part of its success. I've gone on walks with friends purely to catch Pokémon in the real world. My eight-year-old self would have exploded if you told him that would one day be a reality.
  5. Jul 18, 2016
    70
    This game is a worldwide phenomenon, which says a great deal about how much the fans love Pokémon. The technical issues and the shallow gameplay should have already killed the app, but instead the geocaching and AR make this a social adventure that we will definitely be playing for a long time to come.
  6. Aug 18, 2016
    65
    As a game, Pokémon GO is weak at it's best. But as a social phenomenon, it knows no limits. They make us believe that we must catch them all... But it is they who've captured us.
  7. Jul 13, 2016
    35
    So we've got a game that I don't enjoy from any angle (which sucks), but it's also dominating the cultural conversation right now (which is great). I'm torn on this one, honestly! See, I don't recommend Pokémon Go the video game. But I can't get enough of Pokémon Go the cultural artifact. It's a Videodrome-esque obsession, and I'm very disappointed in how excited I am to play my part. Long live the new flesh.

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  1. Positive: 31 out of 158
  2. Negative: 76 out of 158
  1. Jul 10, 2016
    10
    Who would have thought that going out on a walk could be so fun. I know many people will be dissappointed because some areas are emptier thanWho would have thought that going out on a walk could be so fun. I know many people will be dissappointed because some areas are emptier than others and there is in app purchases, but what do you expect from a free to play game? Its one of the most addicting and fun games i have played in a long time and going for a walk with friends is really fun. Pokemon go can be laggy at times and it will crash, but it doesnt happen that often and it uses quite a lot of battery, but these are just little things and i recommend this game to everyone. Expand
  2. Jul 19, 2016
    8
    A very enjoyable and fun game. Spent many hours walking around with my spouse catching Pokémon in the park and downtown. Saw many other peopleA very enjoyable and fun game. Spent many hours walking around with my spouse catching Pokémon in the park and downtown. Saw many other people doing the same thing, even ran into old friends. The game is very simple and very fun, walked nearly 15 km's so far. Even battled in some gyms. Cons: Can get slightly repetitive with another Zubat, end game is only gym battles.
    Well worth playing.
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  3. Jul 13, 2016
    7
    Once they fix the issues with the servers this game will be an easy 8 or 9 for me. It has gotten me out and about my neighborhood like noOnce they fix the issues with the servers this game will be an easy 8 or 9 for me. It has gotten me out and about my neighborhood like no other app has. I prefer to be indoors, in my home, and I would rather not be in places with a lot of people. This game makes me want to be out amongst others.

    The game is easy to play when it works. I haven't missed throwing pokeballs correctly very often. The Pokedex is nice to see. I haven't started upgrading my Pokémon, or done anything with eggs, but I am sure those things will only keep me playing more.

    I will update my review in about a month once this game has had time to get patched and more features added.
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  4. Jun 23, 2020
    5
    I only play this game because I don't really have anything else to play while I'm just walking around. I go jogging every day and while I'm onI only play this game because I don't really have anything else to play while I'm just walking around. I go jogging every day and while I'm on a break from running I play this game for a few minutes and while walking to my local park.

    The singleplayer experience is pretty boring but if you have other people to actually play with it gets better. I'm lucky I have a park filled with pokestops but playing this game in certain zones is a waste of time because there are no pokestops or gyms around. Another issue is that it takes to long to load, there are tons of GPS bugs, there is no option to skip animations and there are not many shiny pokemon yet.

    The combat just sucks. There is no strategy unlike the actual pokemon games, you just tap the screen. But I'm not much of a battler, I'm more of a collector and enjoy capturing shinies more than anything else in this game.

    Basically, if you have other friends interested in playing this, you can have a fun experience and do some trades and raids together. If you plan to play this alone, don't even bother. It's a waste of time. Unless you walk a lot and want some distraction to pass some time.
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  5. Nov 30, 2016
    3
    It w a s f u n for like T W O W EE K S . I r e m e m b e r j u st p l ayin g i t a nd t he n bIt w a s f u n for like T W O W EE K S . I r e m e m b e r j u st p l ayin g i t a nd t he n b e i n g a l l l i ke " th i s i s bo r i ng" i t g o t t o the p o i n t w he re p ro g re s s in g w a s r e a l ly s l ow . i d ele ted the game be c ause it w a s dummmm Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2016
    1
    There was so much potential here, but it was all wasted. No Battles besides really bad gym battles that are nothing like the old games. If youThere was so much potential here, but it was all wasted. No Battles besides really bad gym battles that are nothing like the old games. If you don't live in a main city, you're screwed, I live in a small town outside a city, the closest pokestop is 15 km away, and I've walked around my town for 2 hours and not seen more than a couple of pokemon. The game drains battery life like MAD, good luck getting more than 4 hours of play, even with battery saver on. I could go on, but seriously, this game is BAD, hopefully the new 3DS games make up for this. Expand
  7. Dec 10, 2016
    0
    Would give this NEGATIVE stars if I could. This was a game I lived for when it first came out back in July. It seemed like an awesome game,Would give this NEGATIVE stars if I could. This was a game I lived for when it first came out back in July. It seemed like an awesome game, so I figured why not play it? I was hooked instantly. I caught pokemon after pokemon and it was so much fun. Now the game has turned into rubbish. Niantic, you can go jump in a lake with this pile of crap. You made it so that YOU CANNOT EVEN PLAY THE GAME IN A CAR PERIOD as a passenger, and I cannot even do anything more than a brisk walk and the game will cease to function. All that is in my area is dumb common pokemon, or nothing at all. I will not recommend even my worst enemy play this pile of trash. I would highly recommend getting Pokemon Sun and Moon if you haven't done so already, its by far a much better game. Even when and if Generation 2 comes out, it won't be fun anymore because you cant even use the game anywhere. This game sucks and I am so upset that Niantic had to turn it into this.....this terrible excuse for a game. I really am flabbergasted as to why they'd do this, but something is telling me they want people to PAY instead of make it a free game. Goodbye Pokemon Go and good riddance. I am completely done with you. Expand

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