Pokémon GO Gets Buddy System and More

Pokémon GO Gets Buddy System and More

Sep 14, 2016

Pokémon GO, everyone’s favorite augmented reality game, is picking up some new features courtesy of an update rolling out now.

Per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

– Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokémon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokémon by walking a certain distance
– Made it easier to select smaller Pokémon on the screen
– Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation.
– Improved performance reliability when a device switches networks to no longer cause the application to hang or stop updating
– Pokémon GO Plus support
– Minor text fixes

The game remains free (with optional in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Pokémon GO Gets Appraisal Feature via Update

Pokémon GO Gets Appraisal Feature via Update

Aug 26, 2016

International phenomenon Pokémon GO is getting an update — one which, among other things, introduces a new creature battling prowess appraisal feature.

More specifically (per Google Play):

WHAT’S NEW

– Implemented Pokémon Appraisal: Trainers will now be able to learn about a Pokémon’s attack and defense capabilities from their Team Leader (Candela, Blanche, or Spark) to determine which of their Pokémon have the most potential for battle.
– Fixed a bug that kept defeated Pokémon at 1HP; these Pokémon will now return as fainted Pokémon. We’re working on rebalancing the training battle, stay tuned.
– Minor bot fixes

The popular game remains free on the Play Store.

Pokémon Go Underscores Safety in Latest Update

Pokémon Go Underscores Safety in Latest Update

Aug 11, 2016

Pokémon Go is getting another update, and this one stresses user safety: don’t drive and catch Pokémon!

Post-update, when a trainer fires up the game, he/she will be greeted by a safety message that looks to ensure they are not driving.

Among the features in the latest update, that one is probably the most front-facing one, but there are more.

For example, trainers can change their names — one time only — from within the app. There are also some bug fixes that help correct some XP issues.

The full changelog (courtesy of Google Play):

WHAT’S NEW

– Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed; Trainers will have to indicate they aren’t the driver
– Fixed a bug that prevented ”Nice,” ”Great,” and “Excellent” Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate XP bonuses
– Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time, so please choose your new nickname wisely
– Resolved issues with the battery saver mode on iOS and re-enabled the feature
– Other fixes

The game remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Attention Pokemon Trainers: Pokémon GO Gets New Tweaks via Update

Attention Pokemon Trainers: Pokémon GO Gets New Tweaks via Update

Jul 30, 2016

If you’re one of the masses that is captivated by Pokémon GO — weird sleeping patterns, a new-ish propensity to walk around with a phone to your face, knowledge of what a “vulpix” is, etc — then this news is for you.

Nintendo and Niantic’s hit augmented reality game just received an update; version 0.31.0 adds a number of enhancements, like the ability to make adjustments to your avatar from the profile screen, updated screens and refined gym animations — and a bit more.

More specifically, per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

Trainers, Pokémon GO has been updated to version 0.31.0:
– Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen
– Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon
– Refined certain Gym animations
– Improved memory issues
– Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
– Modified battle damage calculation
– Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
– Updated Pokémon details screen
– Updated achievement medal images
– Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
– Minor text fixes

Pokémon GO remains free (with in-app purchases) on the Play Store

Nintendo Brings Pokemon GO to Android

Nintendo Brings Pokemon GO to Android

Jul 7, 2016

Word is Pokémon GO has made a formal appearance on Google Play.

The game is published under Niantic’s label (yep, Niantic of Ingress and Field Trip fame), so its augmented reality core is almost expected… this one “places” Pokemon into the real world, in a manner of speaking.

Per Google Play:

Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth!
Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon 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 prestige and ownership of Gyms with your Pokémon at your side.
Pokémon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighborhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there’s a Pokémon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poké Ball… You’ll have to stay alert, or it might get away!

Search far and wide for Pokémon and items
Certain Pokémon appear near their native environment—look for Water-type Pokémon by lakes and oceans. Visit PokéStops, found at interesting places like museums, art installations, historical markers, and monuments, to stock up on Poké Balls and helpful items.

Catching, hatching, evolving, and more
As you level up, you’ll be able to catch more-powerful Pokémon to complete your Pokédex. You can add to your collection by hatching Pokémon Eggs based on the distances you walk. Help your Pokémon evolve by catching many of the same kind.

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 Pokémon to defend it against all comers.

It’s time to get moving—your real-life adventures await!

Per its app page, it looks as if this will require devices with a degree of specificity (like GPS, connectivity beyond wi-fi, etc); it is free with in-app purchases on the side.

The app might not be available for everyone just yet, but for those that can’t wait — and we do understand — Nintendo has a freestanding apk right here.

Check out the trailer:

[via Nintendo Blog]

EvoCreo Review

EvoCreo Review

Aug 6, 2015

There’s no going around it, so I’ll just say it. EvoCreo is a blatant Pokemon ripoff. It’s a copy of the Pokemon Red down to the T. Or, at least it seems a lot like that to me, since I never actually followed the endless franchise that Pokemon became. EvoCreo has all the same mechanics, all the same gameplay – hell, even the geography is a lot like the Pokemon. It is, for all intents and purposes, a Pokemon game, except with all obvious references cut and replaced by weirdly-named placeholders. But here’s the most interesting part: EvoCreo is actually pretty good.

For those that don’t know anything about the Pokemon, it’s basically a very simple turn-based tactical action, where the player needs to collect various weird creatures and then battle them against the enemy creatures. Each creature type has unique stats and abilities, and the creatures can level up and evolve into their more powerful selves. There’s quite a lot of management involved, so it’s very easy to become OCD about the stuff. As I mentioned, EvoCreo is exactly the same. The player EvoCreo 2takes a role of a boy/girl who travels all over a given region, gets involved with various stories, visits various places, inhabited and wild, and of course, collects a bunch of critters that will fight for him against their own kind.

EvoCreo is actually pretty fun, and copies Pokemon so perfectly that you can’t even blame it for its plagiarization, and start to actually admire its efforts. Although the creatures aren’t as memorable as the Pokemon, they’re still pretty well designed, and have different stats and abilities – there’s even 130 of them. The battles are also the same: the player can use one of his creature’s abilities, switch it for another one, use one of his items, or attempt to flee the battle. If the battle is won, the player and his creature get some experience points that allow them to level up and learn new abilities. There’s also a store that allows the player to purchase various stuff, although for some reason, I couldn’t access it – but I’m willing to write it off as a single-time bug.

Overall, EvoCreo is an almost perfect copy. So, if you’re a fan of the Pokemon and want to play it on your Android device, or simply want to see what all the fuss is about, you can try out EvoCreo. At least it’s easier than to buy a Nintendo.

Pokemon TV App Now Available for Amazon Kindle Fire

Pokemon TV App Now Available for Amazon Kindle Fire

Apr 24, 2014

Pokemon Company International has just released the Pokemon TV app for the Kindle Fire.

The app allows for users to watch select episodes which are updated weekly from a pool of 700+ episodes across 16 seasons; there are also special features, trailers and more.

From the press release:

There’s a new way to catch up on Pokémon animation anytime, anywhere on the Kindle Fire with The Pokémon Company International’s launch of the official Pokémon TV application for the popular tablet.

The Kindle Fire launch adds another platform for the Pokémon TV app, which has had more than 2.5 million installations since its 2013 launch on iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and Android devices.

Now featuring more episodes than ever before, the Pokémon TV app helps fans follow many of their favorite episodes from the animated television series. It is updated weekly from a library of more than 700 episodes spanning 16 seasons. Pokémon fans can also use the app to watch special features, trailers, and Pokémon movie events.

Additionally, fans can watch popular Pokémon animated episodes and movies on Netflix and Hulu and at Pokemon.com, providing more ways to catch up on the exciting adventures of Ash, Pikachu, and their friends

The Pokemon TV app is available for free on the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Google Celebrates April Fool’s Day by Bringing Pokemon to Android via Google Maps. Seriously.

Google Celebrates April Fool’s Day by Bringing Pokemon to Android via Google Maps. Seriously.

Mar 31, 2014

Granted, April Fool’s Day means anything is possible, but Google has decided to up the ante by bringing Nintendo’s Pokemon to Google Maps. Really. Get the latest version of Google Maps from Google Play, go to the search bar and choose “Press Start.” Then, look around the Mountain View, CA area for Pokemon on the map to collect them. Catch ’em all but do so quickly, because this is sure to go away not soon after April Fool’s Day ends.