Pokemon Go has arrived and it’s already interfering with productivity. The game is possibly the best AR game out there today and there are none like it which makes the game play slightly confusing. Mobile games are supposed to be simple and we can normally play them without having to do much other than tilt our screens or tap them. With Pokemon Go, things are quite different and many users are having trouble just learning to get around and finding Poke Stops. Here’s how to do both.
Once you’ve captured the one Pokemon during the game’s initiation stage, you’re character is left on a map where the game claims there are other Pokemon for you to catch. However, despite all your walking around, the character doesn’t move. This is because walking around your house or apartment isn’t going to be enough. You’re going to have to physically leave your house and walk or take a drive around your city to find other Pokemon. This is NOT a game you can play by just sitting on your couch.
Pokemon Go doesn’t use the accelerometer/gyroscope/whatever to move you around on the map. It uses your GPS coordinates so walking around your house does little to change them. Get up and go to the park, visit a friend, or get take out and make sure you stay alert. Your device vibrates when a Pokemon is in capture range.
The next question is how to find a Poke Stop. The games tells you to find them around statues or landmarks and you might wonder what qualifies as a landmark that’s worthy of being marked a Poke Stop. The answer is very little; a mall, a popular park in your area, a popular restaurant, and even a church might qualify as a Poke Stop. The game isn’t stingy with them and I was able to find four different Poke Stops by driving around a small section of an already small city.
To use a Poke Stop i.e. to get items from it, make sure you’re in range of a Poke Stop. The Poke Stops have considerably less range than the Pokemons. The ‘This Pokestop Is Too Far Away’ message should not appear when you tap on the Poke Stop marker on the map. When you’re in range the square that marks the Poke stop ‘opens up’. You can now swipe right on the circle that features a photo of the Poke Stop and it will dispel items. Tap the items to collect them. You can revisit a Poke stop after five minutes and swipe again to collect items from it.
Have fun catching them all.