Not too long ago, 2003 in fact, Pokemon made its debut on South African television. It was an instant hit with kids idolising the lead character ‘Ash Ketchum’. The show continued to air until 2012 with season 9, although we did not get to see the latest episodes on SA television. With its popularity it gathered plenty of merchandising rights which gave the world the opportunity to ‘live out the show’. These included Gameboy Games, Trading Card Game Leagues, Tazo’s and of course something everyone wanted at the time, a ‘Pokedex’.
Now in 2016, Pokemon lives on with ‘Pokemon Go’, the latest craze to hit the globe. Who would have thought that it would grow so quickly and gather a fan base, a full 13 years since it was brought to the world by creator Satoshi Tajiri. Pokemon Go takes you into the life of a Pokemon trainer, allowing you to capture your own Pokemon using your smartphone, GPS position and augmented reality. The great thing about the game is that it forces you to get on your feet and explore your surroundings. As you move around, your smartphone will vibrate to let you know that you are near a Pokemon. Once you see a pokemon, you simply point your phone at it and swipe your screen to throw a virtual Poke ball to catch it. Besides the pokemon, you get to learn about historical markers along your route which are called ‘Poke Stops’. Its a lot of fun and a bit addictive.
How to get Pokemon Go:
Links to download APK:
Most smartphones are set to block unofficial APK files so you will need to change the setting, to do this:
Go to Settings on your phone and switch to the “general” tab, if needed.
*Tap on the “Security” option.
*Tick the checkbox next to the “Unknown Sources” option.
*Confirm the warning message by tapping on “OK”
The file should start installing automatically. Once installed, open up the app to register your trainer name and pick style your character. Then its off to the world to discover and capture Pokemon!