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Pokemon GO for iOS

By Niantic Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Jul 11, 2016

Pokemon Go is a fun augmented-reality game that gets you out of the house to hunt for Pokemon in the real world (the app relies on your phone's camera and GPS). Your task is to capture and evolve these creatures, and then train them to become fierce fighters, capable of aiding you in your ultimate quest -- to overtake and reign supreme over neighboring Pokemon Gyms.

Pros

Informative intro: Even if you've never heard of Pokemon, Pokemon Go provides a great explainer upon launch to get you up to speed on your mission.

Customizable avatar: Before you head out into the world, you can customize your avatar's gender, skin tone, hair and eye color, and clothing and backpack style. You're also able to name them.

Easy control gestures: Move your body to get your avatar to nearby Pokemon, the next PokeStop (which offers Poke Balls, potions, and eggs), or Gym.

Keeps you active: Unlike some mobile games that leave you on the sofa all day, Pokemon Go encourages you to walk or run around your area and explore new places. The more you exercise, the more creatures you capture and the more powerful your existing creatures become.

Cons

Slowdowns and crashes: Because of Pokemon Go's popularity, we kept experiencing stalls and even got kicked out of the game repeatedly. We saw the message "Our servers are experiencing issues. Please come back later" way too many times.

Bottom Line

Pokemon Go is a fun, action-packed game that keeps you active.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.39.1

- Spark has returned to appraise Pokemon for Team Instinct Trainers.

- Resolved a motivation decay bug impacting Pokemon with less than 3000 CP.

- Resolved a bug causing Pokemon GO to freeze after consuming potions too quickly.

- Resolved a bug causing Pokemon GO to freeze after all 6 Pokemon faint during a Raid Battle.

- Resolved an issue causing iPhone 6 devices to crash.

General

Release October 9, 2017
Date Added October 9, 2017
Version 1.39.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74

Popularity

Total Downloads 58,987
Downloads Last Week 20
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Developer's Description

Join Trainers across the globe who are discovering Pokemon as they explore the world around them. the newest update to Pokemon GO, the global gaming sensation that has been downloaded over 750 million times and named "Best Mobile Game" by the Game Developers Choice Awards and "Best App of the Year" by TechCrunch, introduced a revamped Gym gameplay experience, including the opportunity to join together with others to battle against powerful Pokemon in the new Raid Battle feature. Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokemon have been discovered. Now's your chance to discover and capture the Pokemon 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 ownership of Gyms with your Pokemon at your side. Pokemon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighborhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there's a Pokemon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poke Ball. You'll have to stay alert, or it might get away. Search far and wide for Pokemon and items. Certain Pokemon appear near their native environment--look for Water-type Pokemon by lakes and oceans. Visit PokeStops and Gyms--found at interesting places like museums, art installations, historical markers, and monuments--to stock up on Poke Balls and helpful items.

Catching, hatching, evolving, and more. As you level up, you'll be able to catch more-powerful Pokemon to complete your Pokedex. You can add to your collection by hatching Pokemon Eggs based on the distances you walk. Help your Pokemon evolve by catching many of the same kind. Choose a Buddy Pokemon to walk with and earn Candy that will help you make your Pokemon stronger. Take on Gym battles and defend your Gym. As your Charmander evolves to Charmeleon and then Charizard, you can battle together to defeat a Gym and assign your Pokemon to defend it against all comers. You can also participate in Raid Battles at Gyms around the world. A Raid Battle is a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages you to work with up to 20 other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokemon known as the Raid Boss. If you succeed in defeating it in battle, you'll have the chance to catch an extra powerful Pokemon of your own. It's time to get moving--your real-life adventures await.

Note: this app is free-to-play and offers in-game purchases. It is optimized for smartphones, not tablets. It is recommended to play while connected to a network in order to obtain accurate location information. Compatibility is not guaranteed for devices without GPS capabilities or devices that are connected only to Wi-Fi networks. Compatibility information may be changed at any time. Information current as of July 1, 2017. Compatible with iPhone 5/5c/5s/SE/6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus/7/7 Plus devices with iOS Version 8 or later installed. Not compatible with 5th generation iPod Touch devices or iPhone 4S or earlier iPhone devices. Please visit www.PokemonGO.com for additional compatibility information. Compatibility with tablet devices is not guaranteed. Compatibility is not guaranteed for all devices. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically reduce battery life. If you use Pokemon GO with your Apple Watch, with your consent we use the Apple HealthKit APIs to read and/or write certain data (such as Step Count, Calories Burned, and Distance Walked) to the Health App Database on your device (the "Health App Data").