The new app Pokémon Go has taken off in the app kingdom like a wildfire.
The location-based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic was released recently for iOS and Android devices in a number of different markets.
It was first launched in Australia and the U.S. with roll-out set for other markets in Asia and Europe.
The game allows players to capture, battle and train virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world.
The app has been the most downloaded smartphone app in the US just days into its release and has subsequently boosted publisher Nintendo’s stock value.
As more and more people catch the pokemonia fever, they have thrown caution to the wind in their quest to capture digital characters at real-life locations.
Consequently, some play the game while driving, trespass on other people’s party, sauntered off to lonely places at nights, and meeting strangers for Pokémon combat.
The game has already raised security concerns by the police and they have warned people to avoid breaking the law and exercise caution while playing the game.
How long will this new game fad last is anybody’s guess, however, there is no doubt about its popularity.
Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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