Nintendo’s AR game Pokemon Go is the latest app craze

The augmented reality game is now available on iOS and Android, but it still yet to reach the Middle East

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Nintendo’s AR game Pokemon Go is the latest app craze Due to the popularity of them game, the companies have reported that the surge is breaking the servers that power it (Pokemon)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  July 10, 2016

Pokemon Go, the augmented reality (AR) gaming app from Nintendo and developer Niantic Labs, has reached iOS and Android in the US and Australia.

The app enables players to catch Pokemon in real-life with the use of AR capabilities, plus their smartphone's camera and sensors, as well as location-based algorithms, which place the Pokemon in the real world.

Pokemon are little creatures, such as the most recognisable Pokemon mascot, Pikachu, and they can be found in many geographical areas, such as the water-specific Pokemon will be found near seas and rivers. This is all combined within the real-world and each player has to explore and travel to these specific places to reach them.

The AR kicks in through the smartphone's display, as the viewfinder feed from the camera combines reality with 3D objects drawn on top.

The rules are simple, players are required to collect and raise their own Pokemon, trade Pokemon with other players and users can compete their Pokemon's with others.

Due to the popularity of them game, the companies have reported that the surge is breaking the servers that power it. Furthermore, many people are receiving error messages stating "Failed to get game data from the server".

Reports suggest a roll-out to other countries is temporally on hold until the developers can ensure it will work properly for everyone.

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