Pokémon Go recently released in the UK and everywhere you will see people strolling down the street with their phone in hand trying to catch Pokémon. I will admit that I am one of them.
Many people will recall Pokémon from their childhood, and I too can remember playing Pokémon Red / Blue on a Nintendo Gameboy when I was kid. The game's release on Apple and Android phones has made every kid from my generation who played the game, really happy.
The goal of Pokémon Go is to walk around with your phone on the app trying to catch as many Pokémon as possible. Different from the previous games, Pokémon Go only allows you to capture Pokémon whilst taking a stroll in the real world. There are Pokémon gyms and pokéstops all over to collect items and fight against each other.
Many landmarks in Plymouth are currently pokéstops including at the University itself, and this makes a lot of people walk around the city exploring Plymouth with a different point of view. I have to admit that there are so many things I have never really noticed around Plymouth. When I started playing the game, I started to notice many small monuments and interesting sign boards that I hadn't seen before. Although there is an element of wanting to get out and play the game itself, I've noticed that I am up for and going on walks more rather than staying at home most of the time this summer.
I am a huge Pokémon fan, therefore I've been out catching tons of them in the app. It is amazing that there are so many people always out there on the go trying to catch Pokémon. In my quest playing the game, I have definitely met new people through the app and have even gone out together with a few friends on walks around Central Park and Plymouth Hoe.
Of course i understand that the reason of exploring the city of Plymouth cannot be justified by playing the game alone, but the mechanics of the game did push me to get up from my bed and enjoy the weather at the same time. It's been a great game and I can't wait to see what other updates there will be!
Just remember to watch where you are going while playing!