WHAT IS IT?
Pokemon Go is a recently released free-to-play Android and IOS game based on the hit console turn-based strategy game series Pokemon.
In the game you run around capturing Pokémon‚ which are monsters that you can train up and use to battle other people‚ using Pokeballs.
Despite the fact that the mobile game currently suffers from having a much weaker battle system than the console titles‚ it allows you to capture your monsters “in real life” – giving you the chance to find them in the streets of your home town using your smartphone tracking your location using its GPS.
The main appeal of the game is going out into the world to collect the different monsters‚ as opposed to the more strategically focused main line of titles.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The game itself is a free-to-play title‚ which means instead of charging for the game‚ Nintendo has in-app purchases. Most of these cost Pokecoins‚ the in-game currency.
According to The Telegraph 100 pokecoins‚ the cost of 20 poke balls‚ costs 0.79 British pounds (Just over R15).
If you don’t want to pay for them however‚ you can earn pokecoins by battling in or taking over gyms – areas where people gather to do battle for badges.
WHEN WILL IT BE AVAILABLE IN SOUTH AFRICA?
The game, which marries a classic 20-year old franchise with augmented reality, has been launched just in five countries including the United States, Britain and Germany.
The head of the developer behind Nintendo Co Ltd’s Pokemon GO said he wanted to launch the smash-hit mobile game in roughly 200 countries and regions “relatively soon” and was working on bolstering server capacity to enable the wider rollout.
While Nintendo South Africa says the game will be released in “2016”‚ computer hardware sellerRaru has a Pokemon Go smartphone accessory that it says will be out on July 29.
While it is relatively easy to get less than legally‚ there is a strong risk that you might end up compromising your phone’s security if you do.
According to a statement by IT security company Sophos‚ there is already one ‘malware’ remix of the Pokemon Go app out there.
“The ‘remix’ is deliberately poisoned with an Android spyware/RATware/zombie toolkit that hides malware code inside a fully functional and otherwise identical-looking version of the original app‚” the company warned in a statement.
It is better to wait until the official South African release, but if you can’t wait Sophos has the following advice:
- Avoid apps with a poor or non-existent reputation. Don’t trust an app about which no one yet seems to know anything.
- Stick to Google Play if you can. Despite this and other recent failures‚ it’s still safer than unregulated Android markets where anything goes.
- Use an Android anti-virus.
- Manage your business phones centrally.
WHY THE DELAY?
When a game is as popular as Pokemon Go was at release – it tends to crash its developer’s servers. However after a game first launches‚ there tends to be a fairly steep drop-off in users‚ meaning that it isn’t always worthwhile upgrading those servers.
As a result‚ according to Business Insider‚ Pokemon Go’s developers decided to pause the roll out for the game until they know exactly what they need in the way of new infrastructure.
Source: Times Live