Pokémon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS, Android, and Apple Watch devices.
Augmented reality is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.
Niantic, Inc. is an American software development company based in San Francisco, California best known for developing and publishing the augmented reality mobile games Ingress and Pokémon Go.
Apple Watch is a line of smartwatches developed by Apple Inc. It incorporates fitness tracking and health-oriented capabilities with integration with iOS and other Apple products and services.
It was initially released in selected countries in July 2016.
In the game, players use a mobile device's GPS capability to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player.
The Global Positioning System, also known as Navstar, is a global navigation satellite system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites.
The gameplay of the Pokémon series of role-playing video games involves the capturing and training of a variety of fictional creatures called "Pokémon" and using them to battle other trainers.
The game supports in-app purchases for additional in-game items.
Microtransaction is a business model where users can purchase virtual goods via micropayments.
Pokémon Go was released to mixed reviews, with critics praising the game's concept and the incentive to be more active in the real world, while criticizing frequent technical issues apparent at launch.
Despite such reviews, it quickly became a global phenomenon and was one of the most used and profitable mobile apps in 2016, having been downloaded more than 500 million times worldwide.
A mobile app is a software application designed to run on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.
It was credited with popularizing location-based and augmented reality gaming, promoting physical activity, and helping local businesses grow.
Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness.
However, it also attracted controversy for contributing to accidents and becoming a public nuisance at some locations.
Multiple governments expressed concerns over the game's security, with legislation regarding it being passed in some countries as a result.
Legislation is law which has been promulgated by a legislature or other governing body or the process of making it.