Fuel Light: Pokémon GO is still a great outdoors game, and it's never too late to play
Fuel Light is a series where we shine the spotlight on specific brands or events that focused on fitness, adventure, and aim to have a positive impact on our world.
Pokémon GO has been out for a few years on iOS and Android now, but it’s never too late to get into (arguably) the best game to play outside - with or without friends. And no, it’s more than just geeks/Pokémon fans. If you’re still not buying what we’re selling, give us a chance to explain why it’s still a great game to play for anyone - whether your played it before, never got into it, or never got into the whole franchise.
And yes, this is a fairly different Fuel Light compared to our past ones, but we really think this game is still fun to play with many benefits including getting you outside to explore various points of interest, being social, active, as well as actively updated and supported by its developers with newly added Pokémon, game elements and features! We still think it’s the best outdoors, get active, ‘modern day hunting’, dopamine-filled, community-driven, social, fun game out there - and that’s not an easy title to earn!
It’s been out for a few years, why now?
A few of us recently got back into the game after seeing Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (which was actually pretty good, and even more awesome to see what the creatures would look like in real life) and noticed some recent updates since we last played that definitely improved the games mechanics and created stronger dynamics (especially with gyms). So we wanted to talk about it, remind past players to re-install, and how beneficial it can be. And to let everyone know that it’s not too late to get into as the player-base continues to grow.
It’s still being updated! The developers are still heavily involved with updating and supporting the game by releasing new Pokémon, special events, and as already mentioned - creating new or tweaking previous game mechanics/elements to improve on the overall game.
If you were a Pokémon fan when the franchise first became big many years ago, but never got into the game, it’s not too late to get dem nostalgia feels going, especially when you evolve that lovable, dopey Magikarp into an incredible Gyarados.
And for a phone/mobile game, it’s very designed (beautiful UI’s), crafted (well though-out elements), polished (pretty much bug-free with just a few minor bugs here there that we’ve noticed), and isn’t pay to play/win which can be hard to come by!
Get out, explore, and be active!
This game is great for getting active, outside which results in discovering your city, trails, and just helping you get some plain ole vitamin D in your body. It will motivate you to walk a little farther to hit up that PokéStop that’s just up and around the block.
But like.. I don’t like… want to be like… always looking at my phone when I’m like… outside… ya know?
True… but that’s another smart element this game has. You don’t need to be looking at your phone to play, just having it in your pocket can do the trick. It will still track your steps in the background of your phone which can help progress you in the game by powering up or evolving Pokémon, hatching eggs, and more fun dopamine-filled ways!
Many users have also seen weight-loss since it got them out and walking so much! It has also been recommended as a weight-loss activity! And if you’re a runner, you’ll definitely want to bring your phone with you on you runs so it still factors those steps/distances into the game. And it's always nice to take a break at a PokéStop to catch your breath and a Pokémon.
The game even benefits communities it’s played in! It’s crazy to see some smaller towns where Pokémon GO is still big. Local businesses and parks have seen more visitors (especially if they’re a PokéStop), and just being out in city affects and can affect the communities and businesses in all sorts of minor to major ways.
Also, our dogs have enjoyed it as much as we have! It has resulted in more frequent, and longer walks - even pets can benefit from the game! 😉
Not a Pokémon fan?
Even if you’re not a (big) fan of Pokémon, this game was ingeniously developed with unique game mechanics which make it fun and (dangerously) addicting for anyone. From battling in local gyms in your town to going for a hike to come across rare Pokémon to catch so you can continue growing your PokéDex. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg with how to play the game, they’re are so many more game mechanics that all tie in seamlessly with the overall game experience. Walking to hatch eggs, weekly research tasks/missions, joining in raids to collect battle and collect rare Pokémon.
Still wonder what makes this work for non-Pokémon goers? Like what we just touched on a few paragraphs before, this game was developed with dopamine in mind! With collecting, powering up as many creatures/Pokémon as you can, battling, etc., it will make your brain happy each time you see that “Gotcha!” pop up when you catch a Pokémon. It has even known to be one of the most addicting games of all time because of how well the games mechanics ‘biohack’ our brain and its emotions.
Possibly crazy to say, but it can also be seen as the modern day ‘hunting’. So, if you have that hunter instinct ingrained in you, you might just get hooked on the game to see how many and rare Pokémon you can catch.
Still sounds like it’s not for you?
Maybe it isn’t (not everyone plays Pokémon), but we think this game is great for anyone that gives it a chance! For parents looking to spend some bonding time with your kids, while your kids play at the park (where there’s a good chance PokéStops and even gyms can be found) or while they’re on toddler-watch duty. For someone just killing time outside (waiting for a friend who is always late) or forced to be outside (walking to work/school). Even for anyone who is 50+ who never was never into Pokemon in the first place. Here’s a Reddit thread about a 51 year old enjoying Pokemon GO with many other comments from a variety of different Reddit users who also enjoy the game. Definitely a wholesome read about how so many different people (age, situations, relationships, etc.) enjoy the game.
Remember it for later, too! We can also see this game being an excellent seniors/retirement game since has many important benefits that people struggle with getting enough of when aging; staying active, socializing, keeping the brain going, etc.
We really hope this didn’t sound like an advertisement or an infomercial, we’re just big fans of game and how it was designed. This game provides many physical, mental/social benefits and is really great for anyone in any situation. We really highly recommend getting back into it or giving it ago if you haven’t already.
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This post might have a few terms that might not be as self explanatory as they sound or may want more detail on them, so we’ll go few some of them before.
PokéStops - one of the most central and recognizable game elements. They can be seen and accessed only in the Map View, as they are the real-world landmarks in places such as historical markers, monuments, art installations, churches, etc.
Gyms - points of interest found throughout the world where Trainers can battle the Pokémon of rival teams. Trainers from opposing teams battle for control of the Gyms. Each Gym can have up to six Pokémon assigned to defend it. Trainers from an opposing team can challenge the defenders with six of their own Pokémon, in hopes of claiming the Gym for their own team.
Raid Battles - a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages Trainers to work with other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokémon known as the Raid Boss. Before a Raid Battle begins a large egg will appear atop the Gym. When the countdown above the egg reaches zero, the Raid Boss will be revealed.