Pokemon GO was a worldwide phenomenon when it came out. Everyone and their grandma was playing it or talking about it. It’s one of the biggest mobile games/apps out there and being a mobile games news site we should talk about it, right?
Personally, I don’t really like Pokemon and I haven’t played Pokemon GO to be perfectly honest. But I do know that there’s a lot of fans out there that adore the franchise and this game. So for all of you guys, I dug up some interesting things about Pokemon GO. So here are some fun facts about the game that you might not know.
Believe it or not, Pokemon GO was inspired by an April Fool’s prank. Back in 2014, Google and Nintendo pulled one over on us. The Pokemon Challenge was supposed to be a game where you find Pokemon on Google Maps.
To think that a little joke would become the phenomenon that it is today is just crazy. Of course, I’m gonna give credit where credit is due. The whole thing was the idea of the late Satoru Iwata, Tsunekazu Ishihara of The Pokemon Company, and Tatsuo Nomura of Google Maps.
I’m told that there’s some really nice in-game music. And while I did my digging I found out something pretty cool. The music in the game was composed by none other than Junichi Masuda. Pokemon fans might recognize the name since he’s been working on the franchise for years. He even worked on Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow among many other Nintendo titles. The guy even names and designs Pokemon.
Alright, this is by far one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. You know how there are gyms in the game? Well, players can request some locations to be gym locations. Now here’s the kicker. Some police stations have actually requested their own locations as Pokemon gyms. Why you ask? Well to make it easier to catch criminals maybe some wander around the station before realizing where they actually are. Gotta catch ‘em all right?
Location, Location, Location
So the whole gist of the game is that you walk around and catch Pokemon. There are lots of them to find and they won’t appear in the tall grass only. Location is kinda important actually. For example, you are more likely to encounter a water type Pokemon like a Magikarp if you’re near a body of water. So be sure to check around a river or lake.
Night and Day
Location is not the only thing that matters. Our own irl day and night cycle also influences the game. If you like those darker more scary Pokemon you’re gonna have to wait for the sun to set. This is because you are more likely to catch these types of Pokemon during the night. Pokemon like Gastly or Gengar for example.
And those are all the fun facts we have for you. There’s more out there and I’m sure there are some pretty crazy stories since this is a game you play in real life. But as usual guys, for more articles like this and for more mobile game goodness stay tuned to GameBuz.