Pokemon Go Mania Continues

READ: AC+A’s Pokemon Go analysis for PocketGamer.biz, just published.

You must have heard a lot about Pokemon Go in the last week – from your Facebook feed to the media, there’s been a lot of content spread around the game. However, the most interesting ramifications from having this AR game take off is the amount of community driven events and other products being built around the game.

We have seen countless Bar Crawls centered around the game, as well as first-hand accounts of new friends being made. Businesses are also profiting off the “lure” mechanic to attract customers.  Even developers are building chat and other tools to help Pokemon Go fans get in touch with each other.  Not only is the game a fascinating step into the AR world, its community aspects make Pokemon Go more of a platform for social, than just a game itself.

Until next week,
Peter

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Battleplans

En Masse/C4M Prod

Why Play? Probably the most complete real-time strategy offering on mobile we’ve seen in quite some time. The game itself is fun and challenging and they have got a solid meta structure underneath, all wrapped up in a simple and accessible visual package. Plus your heroes are delivered to battle via giant armored sea turtle!

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Combo Critters

Lucky Kat Studios

Why Play? At its core it’s a simple pixel art Pokemon clone (without geolocation goodness), but the gesture system for power attacks, basic fusion model where you literally mash critters together to form new ones, as well as the theme and firmly tongue in cheek humor in the writing make it worth checking out. Any game that gives you a starting character named “Stabby Carrot” is worth a bit of your time.

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Through the Fog!

Boombit Inc.

Why Play? It took us a second to “get it”, but Through the Fog has the same elements that made Flappy Bird such an addictive grind, but wrapped up in a super slick minimalist presentation. That combined with the mellow audio track dials the stress of its core gameplay back creating a zen-like experience. Well done minimalist “endless runner”.

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Disney Emoji Blitz

Disney

Why Play? Yes, it’s a Match-3. But the catch here, is that you have to play this puzzler in order to unlock 400+ Disney and Pixar emoji. It has everything required of a modern match 3: leaderboards, friend challenges, missions, and unlockable boosts.

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Have a great week!

- Adrian Crook www.adriancrook.com