Pop­u­lar mo­bile game ‘Poke­mon Go’ lands on Ap­ple Watch

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

NEW YORK: The pop­u­lar mo­bile game “Poke­mon Go” is now avail­able on the Ap­ple Watch, squash­ing ru­mors that the game’s maker was scrap­ping such plans. The game in­volves catch­ing dig­i­tal pocket mon­sters in an aug­mented-reality ver­sion of your sur­round­ings. The Ap­ple Watch ver­sion will let you dis­cover nearby Poke­mon and col­lect spe­cial items, such as po­tions, from nearby “PokeStops.” But once you en­counter a Poke­mon, you will need to use your iPhone to catch it.

Still, the Ap­ple Watch should make it eas­ier for play­ers to log their steps (needed to ad­vance in the game and to hatch new Poke­mon out of eggs), and to avoid walk­ing around with their phones held out to search for nearby mon­sters .”Poke­mon Go” was a huge suc­cess when it came out in July. It’s not clear how the Ap­ple Watch ver­sion will do, es­pe­cially now that it’s too cold in much of the North­ern Hemi­sphere to be out­side catch­ing Poke­mon. Plans for the watch ver­sion had been an­nounced at Ap­ple’s iPhone launch event in Septem­ber. The game’s maker, Niantic, hasn’t an­nounced any plans for An­droid Wear and Sam­sung Gear smart­watches.—AP

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