If you don't know a Bulbasaur from a Butterfree this is the guide for you, covering the basics of Pokémon and the key things you need to know about Pokémon Go.
Already a Pokémon master? Then you'll want our Pokémon Go tips and tricks guide.
Pokémon Go takes the Pokémon concept out into the real world. Players are still Pokémon trainers, but rather than exploring a virtual world you have to physically walk around.
Pokémon Go shows you a map of the real world with your location on it and as you wander you'll come across Pokémon, which you can then capture by throwing a Poké Ball.
Aside from having to go outside to play it properly there are a few other differences between Pokémon Go and other Pokémon games.
is an augmented-reality game. If AR is enabled, keep the Pokemon centered on your screen, holding your phone as still as possible. Use a gentle fingertip swipe in a straight line toward your target. You want to time your toss so that the ring around the Pokemon is contracted to its smallest when you connect. Green is best, yellow more difficult, and red a very difficult capture. (VR/AR) Augmented reality or Virtual reality
For one thing it's free and available for iOS and Android phones. This is in part why it's proving so popular, as previous Pokémon games have been exclusive to Nintendo hardware and usually cost money, putting up a significant barrier to entry.
The other obvious difference is that Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game, as when you find a Pokémon you view it through your phone's camera overlaid on the real world.