Every time a 90’s kid hears the word “Pokemon”, he/she is awash with nostalgia. Every 90’s kid is able to relate to Pokemon, as at some point in their life or even in the present, it occupies a significant chunk of their life. The release of the immensely popular game Pokemon: Go has done little to ebb those feelings but instead strengthened them. Children and adults alike are seen being heavily involved with this game; adults especially are reliving their childhood memories, chasing after fictional creatures. The Pokemon mapper has become an important tool for serious players, which will be discussed in the following paragraphs.
History of Pokemon:
Pokemon singularly is a huge media franchise owned by the Pokemon Company which is equally shared by Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. It is second to only Nintendo’s Mario franchise. Pokemon was introduced to this world as a pair of video games for the Gameboy. It was the brainchild of the Japanese creator Satoshi Tajiri in 1995. The games revolved around fictional creatures known as “Pokemon” and were set in a fictional universe, where humans caught these Pokemon and trained them to battle other Pokemon. The games received a tremendous response and the franchise now includes video games, animated television series, movies, comic books, manga, toys, and merchandise.
Pokemon became a huge sensation all around the world and was extremely popular among young kids. As of May ’16, The Pokemon Company has amassed 45.6 billion USD in revenues, which is a staggering figure by itself.
Concept behind Pokemon:
Tajiri, the creator was largely inspired by his hobby of collecting insects when he was a child, which led to the inception of Pokemon. When a player starts playing the game he/she assumes control of a human trainer and plays as that character. Each game has two objectives: 1) to catch all the Pokemon and to fill a device known as a Pokedex 2) To raise a strong team of Pokemon for defeating all the elite trainers in a fictional league.
All the generations and formats of the game including trading cards followed the concept of catching, training, and raising Pokemon.
In the beginning of the game, a player receives a choice between three starter Pokemon; upon selecting a starter Pokemon the player’s journey as a Pokemon trainer commences. The player has to catch wild Pokemon using a tool called a Poke ball after weakening it with his own Pokemon. This way, a player has to build a strong team and take on the Pokemon League at the end of the game. Each game has a unique storyline and players can also take on additional side quests in the game.
It is an augmented reality game released by Niantic and the Pokemon Company for your smartphone. This game is free-to-play and is available on both android and iOS. This game uses the geotagging feature of your phone and your phone’s clock to help you catch Pokemon virtually in real time. You have to travel around, and if a Pokemon is in your vicinity it’ll pop on your screen and you can catch it using Poke Balls. The Poke Balls are limited though and can be replenished at the nearest Poke Stop. After gaining experience you can go to a Gym to train your Pokemon.
What’s the Pokemon mapper:
The game is fun to play alright but players now want to catch all the Pokemon. This has led to the creation of Pokemon mapper. The Pokemon mapper was created to resolve the issue of finding all the Pokemon. It’s essentially a crowd-sourced Pokemon tracker. This map provides information on a certain Pokemon being sighted at a location a certain number of times. Some maps are using color-coded schemes to denote the various kinds of Pokemon. The Pokemon mapper has received a lot of submissions from the users, but the database is still growing which will provide much accurate information.
As the game is set to be released in many other countries, the Pokemon mapper is still under development. The Pokemon mapper is definitely a boon and the perfect tool for the Pokemon enthusiast.