Elias Pelcastre

I tried Pokémon Go in Mexico City, and it was awesome (and slightly dangerous)

I just downloaded Pokemon Go in Mexico. I used my New Zealand Apple ID to get the free app on my iPhone. (Apparently, the app is only available in Australia and New Zealand.)

The moment I opened the over-a-150-MB game and accessed with my Trainer credentials, which I had to get by signing up with my Google email, I set up the physical details of my male character.

I ended up catching a Bulbasaur the moment I started playing, and can’t deny the capture process was exciting. Although I can’t help but feel uneasy knowing I have to wander around looking for the next place where I can catch a new Pokémon – Mexico City is a very chaotic place, where you can get hit by a car, a bus, a bike, or even a helicopter falling from the sky.

To be fair, Pokémon Go invites, or in other words warns you to “stay aware of your surroundings every time you open the app. I went to the closest “pokéstop” – the access to a bus station on a very busy road – to see if there was a new creature I could capture. No luck.

Pokémon Go displays a map with all the nearest pokéstops, and you have to get there. The app also shows the creatures close to your location. Gyms that let you in when you get to level five, a pokédex, and in-app purchases are some of the features you will find.

I can’t wait to roam the city and catch a Pikachú, although I would advise anyone who tries Go to be careful. Walking and looking at your phone at the same time is never a good idea.

I think the worldwide launch will take place soon; developers choose New Zealand and Australia as soft release countries to have a look at bugs and customer reception. What do you think of Pokémon Go? Are you excited to catch pokémons in real life situations?