Pokémon GO

App review by Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Exciting, active game marred by privacy and safety issues.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 59 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 73 reviews

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age 18+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 10+

After 1 entire year of playing daily, I still haven't seen a single Pidgey in this game...

A game with great potential, but a lot of odd focuses and design flaws, even after 4+ years of devolopment: A very big emphasis on just catching pokémon, instead of fighting with them, like in other games in the franchise. Not spending money severely holds you back, and ultimately just makes the game a very repetitive catching simulator. Also, living outside of a multi-million population capital really hurts the gaming experience, as most places will seem like an abandoned part of the world, compared to places like NY, Santa Monica, or Tokyo. On top of all this, some events are extremely long, dominating which pokemon you'll see for literally months. This makes it impossible for catch anything not from the event. All while, other events are extremely short, lasting just 3-5 hours. If you got plans that day, or are at work? Sucks for you - You'll have to wait an entire YEAR, before this event returns, and you can catch that rare pokémon that you've been looking for, for months! Some pokemon are only available in some parts of the year. What's that? You started playing right after winter ended, and you really need that winter-pokemon? Too bad - You'll have to wait 10 months before it's available ingame again... The makers of the game keep talking about how they want to reward players for walking. But they dont do as they preach: 1st of all, sitting in a driving a car gives better results than walking. 2ndly, if you want to reward people for walking, make it so that better and better pokemon appear, the more you walk that day: 0-2 kms per day = crap pokemon. 2-5 kms = decent. 5+ kms = rare pokemon. Now THAT would get people to want to walk a lot. Hell, if ppl think that is too much to demand on a daily basis, make it weekly. Do something! Fighting is fun. Team rocket is a GREAT addition to the game, but sadly it's very much just team rocket. there needs to be more like it in the game - more stuff to do. Make it all less random, though. There's too much RNG in this game. in any given Rocket encounter, there's multiple layers to the RNG: 1. Wrong type of Grunt, 2. wrong catchable pokemon, 3. catchable pokemon has bad IVs. Thats 3 barriers of RNG to overcome, and if you're unlucky it can literally take you years to get a desired shadow pokemon with perfect IVs. Another problem with the game is that not a lot of information about the game mechanics are actually available in the game itself. You'll have to read about stuff on wikis or find videos with people explaining it. everything is hidden, just so its easy to pick up and play. Thanks, I hate it... All in all though, for a mobile game (which isnt saying much), its a decent game, and isn't as much P2W as all the others. It still has a lot of issues though, as you can tell from my review, already.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism

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