WHY POKÉMON GO IS THE BEST GAME TO PLAY DURING LOCKDOWN

IT’S AN OUTDOOR GAME THAT IS PLAYABLE INDOORS

The great thing about Pokémon GO is that it revolves around walking and visiting Pokéstops, which are outside. This is brilliant right now, as it gets you out for a walk if you otherwise wouldn’t have gone. It spares you another day spent staring at your walls. Again. It works well with the ‘exercise only’ rules that some countries are under.

THE POKÉMON GO DEVS ARE AWESOME AT ADAPTING TO THE PANDEMIC

At first, nothing was accessible unless you could go for a walk, and even then, you were restricted to whatever route you happened to have access to. In my case, my ‘one form of exercise a day’ had to be taking the dog out, and there’s only so far I can take her at the moment. I was finding myself stuck with one or two Pokéstops a day, and no Gyms or raids. But I still considered myself lucky, because at least I could get to some Pokéstops and hatch my eggs. There are plenty of people who can no longer play the game they love because of the pandemic.

POKÉMON GO IS ALMOST FULLY PLAYABLE WITHOUT SPENDING A DIME

I’ve been playing Pokémon GO for five or six weeks now, and despite never being able to access a Gym, I haven’t had to spend any real money. I’ve come close — finding my way around the Pokéstops was needlessly complicated, and without any Pokéballs at the start, I was miserable. Look, there’s a Chansey! Oh, yeah. But when I did figure them out, I got a steady supply of everything I needed, except coins. You can buy Pokéballs for coins, or real money, both of which are an option if you can’t get out. You can get free coins at Gyms, but your Pokémon would have to already be in one if you can’t get to one now. Hopefully, this will change soon, though!

NO COINS? NO PROBLEM!

To this day, I have never had a single coin in my account, but I can do pretty much everything. I’m never short on Pokéballs, treats, eggs, or anything else. I miss out on those remote raids because the passes cost coins and don’t seem to appear anywhere else. But it’s just a matter of waiting for them to release remote Gym passes. The game is very playable and enjoyable, and a great companion for walks during lockdown. If you’re struggling for items, sign up to the PoGo Trainer Club to get some friends who can send you gifts.

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