A game for even the non-gamers!
A game for even the non-gamers!
When you can’t stop playing a game, that’s when you know you’ve got a winner in your hands. One such winner that’s been causing a whole lot of buzz of late, is Pokémon Go. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game which works on the very simple principle of the player catching as many Pokémon’s as possible. What is so great about this game that it is rooted in simplicity. The basic rules of this game are pretty simple, you have to walk around, trying to look for and capture as any of these adorable little monster as possible, while using the map on your phone. Here are a few reasons why this game is going off the charts!
When was the last time you thought of a Pokémon? Back when you were in high school, right? Well that’s one of the biggest hooks of this game – the feeling of nostalgia that it creates. As teenagers, we would all fight about who has the best Pokémon trading cards or who has the best collection of Pokémon stickers. After all these years, none of us would have imaged that we’d be welcoming them back into our lives and that too in this form. The best thing about nostalgia is that it takes you to a time which you fondly remember, to memories and moments spent with friends where our biggest worry was who had the best collection of these weird creatures, and what’s better than reliving these moments from high school!
Pokémon Go is addictive, to say the least. One of the most interesting things about this game is that you always have to ‘be prepared!’ Apart from finding and catching these cute little creatures, the objective of the game is to have them battle against other people’s Pokémons. Where this game becomes really addictive is when Pokémons pop out of nowhere when you least expect them to by overlaying themselves onto your surroundings using the camera on your phone. So, basically the only way to catch them is by keeping your eyes open at all times. In fact, it’s so addictive that once people start playing it, they literally can’t stop. Be it while going to work, at home, while catching the bus or while on a walk, once you start you just won’t be able to stop yourself.
One of the tricks to developing a successful game is to keep it simple. At the end of the day the success of a game is determined by the number of people willing to download it and play it and this is possible only when the game is simple enough for people to grasp. The demand of a game that is easy to play is a lot more than one that isn’t, and Pokémon Go is simple to say the least. The rules of the game are as basic as catching all 250 Pokémons at the end of the day by using the map app on your phone. In fact, it’s so simple that it’s borderline genius. It allows your mind to grasp the nuances quickly and it allows you to stay focused on to it without the player getting distracted by too many elements and applications.
One of the elements that sets this game apart from its peers is the fact that it’s based on augmented reality. When the era of gaming first came upon us, the industry was ruled by sci-fi and urban explosion games out of which some came in the form of an app and some didn’t. A lot has changed since then. When gaming became viral and migrated to the platform of mobile phones, consumers got a lot more familiar and comfortable with augmented and virtual reality, which is exactly the plug that Pokémon Go plays on. The reason why augmented reality is such a big advantage is because it allows the player to seamlessly migrate from the real world to the virtual world, while enjoying the best of both.
Gotta Catch ’em All
Last but not the least, the obsession about catching them all, sneaks up on you and takes over without you even realizing it. Just the thought of over 200 Pokémon’s waiting to jump out on you when you least expect it, is motivation enough to keep at this game and literally “catch ‘em all”! Moreover, the popularity of this game is not something that’s hidden, with steadily increasing videos, comments and logs of people playing it around the world, it’s only a matter of time that those who aren’t will start playing it as well. The interesting twist over most games, which enables people to physically move around in the real world while playing it, is just the thing that takes it from ordinary to extraordinary.
So, how many have you caught so far?