Gotta Catch A Few (Pokemon Go Review)

Rachel Mii Double JumpPokemon Go is the latest craze in the world of video games, even if it is just a mobile app.
I was hesitant to download it at first, but I ultimately did cave and decided to give it a go.
Unfortunately, though, it wasn’t exactly what I expected.
Pokemon Go Review Double Jump
This is more my general thoughts on the game rather than a review, but I’m still calling it a review anyway.
Pokemon Go is a free mobile app where you wander around the world and catch invisible Pokemon that have apparently been right in front of us all our lives.
I love the concept and I think the game is super cool. I love the idea that it gets people up and interacting with one another. I love how a lot of the Pokestops and Gyms are historical places or places you wouldn’t expect. You know, minus people’s private homes… That part isn’t okay.
I enjoy how the game is kind of like a pedometer, even though it’s not tracking your steps, but just how far you go so you can hatch an egg.
There are so many aspects of the game that I enjoy, but it’s not my favorite Pokemon game, as awesome as it is.
I understand why the game is for your cell phone. They made the smart decision with that one. But, people are already glued to their phones enough as it is. Yes, people are exercising. Yes, people are now socializing more. But I don’t think that should be caused by a cell phone game. People should just do that on their own. Though that could just be a nit-pick of mine.
I’m not addicted to the game like most people are. I don’t have it on all the time and I don’t go to new places just for the Pokemon. If I’m going to explore my world, I want to really explore it and see it. I don’t want my nose in my cell phone searching for virtual creatures.
It also drains the battery on my phone. The battery saver helped, but not much. Then they updated the game and took the battery saver away completely. So I don’t want to travel too far because then if my phone dies… Then what?
I feel like I’m just nit-picking the game and I do want to branch out and try playing at a different level to get the full effect of it. I do enjoy the game and love the idea of it. When I find a new Pokemon I don’t have, do I get excited? Of course. When I pass by a Pokestop, must I get it? Definitely.
And while I’m glad I’m not addicted to it, I kind of wish I was.
What do you think of Pokemon Go?

Readers Comments (2)

  1. Great thoughts on Pokemon GO! I’m sure you know how I feel by now about it. I still love it, and I think it has an appeal that reaches a good number of people. I totally understand it’s not for everyone and get where you’re coming from. I do think that the good it has done is still noteworthy. Even if it would be nice if people exercised and socialized on their own, it is hard to get people out there. I’ve seen this become a gateway drug to just enjoying outside and exploring for people I know though, so Pokemon GO does a great job at motivating people at least. I know for myself, I need goals to orient myself towards and extrinsic and intrinsic motivators. Pokemon GO has been that for me, and I can safely say I’m still enjoying it even a month and half after its release. Anyway, thank you for sharing your thoughts! Hopefully, Pokemon Sun/Moon will be more of a fit for you!

    • It really is a great concept and great game. I’m hoping I can get more into it in the near future. I just, unfortunately, don’t have the time (or the extrovertedness [I just made that word up!]) to play it constantly like some people do. I’ll definitely keep playing it, but I doubt I’ll be making it to any high levels. I want to try out the gyms and stuff.

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