If you haven’t heard of Pokémon Go, where have you been? Since it was released less than a week ago, the augmented reality mobile game has skyrocketed in popularity. It’s been downloaded more times than Tinder, and is expected to surpass even Twitter in the coming days and weeks.
Like the iconic Japanese anime and console games it’s modelled after, Pokémon Go allows you to capture, collect, train, trade and battle Pokémon — only this time, the Pokémon can be found where you live.
While you’d think the game would only find an audience amongst children and teenagers, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy it. Heck, we say it’s even good for you. Here are five reasons why you need to download the game once it’s released in Singapore.
P/S: Pokémon Go isn’t currently available in Singapore, although there are many ways to download the game. Good things are worth the wait, so save yourself some trouble and wait for the full version to be launched here instead.
1. You can finally get some exercise in
Your FitBit isn’t fooling anyone — with most of us stuck at our desks, 10 hours a day for five days a week, how often do we manage to muster up the energy to hit the gym? Pokémon Go on the other hand, provides the perfect excuse to get our lazy butts up to roam the streets for hours on end in search of Pokémon. Training up for that 10km marathon is suddenly less of a chore.
2. It’s an engaging way to explore your hometown and beyond
The game is made such that different areas breed different Pokémon. So if you want to capture a legendary Pokémon like Mewtwo, be prepared to search and explore places you’ve never been before. We can’t wait to see folks from Woodlands travelling all the way to East Coast Park to capture some water-type Pokémon, or Easties heading to Coney Island to look for those usually found in grassy locations.
3. It serves as a good excuse to get out of the house
With Netflix and a whole range of film and television streaming services, we know we’re not the only ones who find ourselves spending entire weekends at home, chowing down chips while we binge-watch Orange Is The New Black. Now, with Pokémon to catch and Gyms to take over, going out is looking to be a whole lot more fun than staying in.
4. You might meet new, like-minded friends
As mentioned, different areas breed different types and rarity of Pokémon. Chances are, wherever you’re heading to to search for that JigglyPuff or Pidgey, there will be other players present searching for the same thing. Move aside Tinder and OkCupid, Pokémon Go is going to be the next big thing to bring people together.
5. It’s a modern way to relive your childhood
’90s kids, we all remember the first and original version of Pokemon released in 1996, where Ash Ketchum and gang began their journey to be the very best, that no one ever was. We grew up collecting Pokémon cards and Pokémon figurines, playing the console games, religiously watching the show and hoping one day we could too be a Pokemon Master. Well, now we really can — dreams do come true.