If you’ve lived anywhere other than under a rock for these last four years or so, then the chances are that you’ve heard of Pokémon GO. It’s the game that has players running all over their neighborhoods in search of digital pets, and if that doesn’t ring a bell, then maybe you should stay under your rock just a while longer.
Players of this global phenomenon are all after the same thing: the titular Pokémon. And they’ll take anything they can that will help them on their quest to catch ‘em all.
One such thing is the game’s virtual currency: coins. And in this article, we’re not only going to detail the game for you rock-dwellers, but we’re also going to go over how players can get more coins. So get your Pokéballs ready, put on your best Ash Ketchum cosplay, and let’s get started.
What is Pokémon GO?
Pokémon GO is what fans of this long-running series have always wanted, and the answer to a pressing question in the community: what if the titular pocket monsters were real?
Well, it’s as close as we’ll get to an answer for now. Pokémon GO presents an augmented reality in which you – yes, you – explore the real world in search of some very unreal critters. Like other games in the franchise, your main objective is to catch as many Pokémon as you can, with the twist being that the game world is, of course, the real world.
To achieve this augmented reality, Pokémon GO uses your device’s GPS to navigate the world and locate the creatures. The game simulates the Pokémon as if they were actually in front of you, making it immediately immersive and engaging.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a Pokémon game without gyms, and luckily, Pokémon GO delivers on that front and then some. The location of the gyms is based on points of interest within the real world. The creepy old Church around the corner from your house, for example, may be a virtual trainer-vs-trainer battleground within the game world.
There are also PokéStops, also located around real-world points of interest, where you can restock on Pokéballs and find rarer Pokémon, among other things.
Most fans of the franchise will have already flocked to this sensation of a game, but even if you’re a Pokémon noob, this makes a great first video game entry.
Who is Pokémon GO Intended for?
The game is perfect for fans of the series and newcomers alike. There’s no age restriction, so Pokémon fans of all ages will be able to enjoy this augmented reality epic.
However, we would recommend that persons below the age of thirteen be monitored while playing the game. There’s no inherently explicit material within the game itself, but the augmented reality features can be distracting and potentially dangerous.
After all, this is a game where players run around the real world with their phones out in search of digital creatures. We don’t need to explain how much danger can be encountered from a game like this.
Still, Pokémon GO is a fun time if you’re careful. Always be on the lookout, and don’t let yourself be too absorbed so that you are unable to keep track of everything happening around you.
How to Get More Coins
Coins are the main currency within Pokémon GO. They allow you to purchase various important items, including Pokéballs and Candies, so having a lot of coins means you won’t ever run dry of either of those things.
There are a few ways to earn coins within the game, but the primary method of coin-farming is leaving a Pokémon to defend a gym. This is totally free, costing you nothing except the Pokémon you’ve allocated. You will earn coins daily so long as your Pokémon is still alive and well enough to defend the gym.
You could always purchase coins with real-world currency. We wouldn’t recommend that you go crazy with spending your hard-earned cash on this game, but investing a few dollars every so often can help.
Give it a try for a few days. It’s one of those rare games that you can actually take with you, and it’s a whole lot of fun provided you remain safe and aware of everything going on around you. So get out there and catch ‘em all, trainers!