Anyone who's played Pokémon games before will find the setup really familiar. You'll be greated by Professor Willow who'll talk about how glad he is that you volunteered to help him and then it's time to choose your avatar's gender, customise your avatar's looks and clothing, then pick your gamer nickname.
The tutorial bit is pretty fast - you'll be given a Pokéball to catch those Pokémon critters and you can turn on the camera mode to see the Pokémon you're catching in augmented reality. It was quite amusing to see a little Charmander pop up on my phone screen. To catch your 'starter' Pokémon, you'll need to swipe your Pokéball in the direction of your Pokémon. Hit the Pokémon and it's yours.
If you've played Niantic's other game, Ingress, you'll find that Pokémon Go works in a similar fashion. Using the surrounding area map, virtual locations will appear. In the game, you'll need to walk around and discover Pokéstops as well as locate the nearest gym for you to either conquer or join. Before that you'll need to pick a faction: yellow, red or blue.
Do I have to pay any Pokemoney?
While the game is free to download, there is of course, in-app purchases. You don't need them to play the game or have fun with it; they're entirely optional. Sorry, iOS users, you'll just have to wait for the game to officially reach you. Everyone else? Well, time to go catch them all.
UPDATE: The app is now available on the US App Store and Google Play. But sadly the workaround for other countries, the APK sideload no longer displays Pokémon or Poké Stations. It seems Niantic has disabled map population for non-official countries for the moment so alas, it looks like we'll have to wait for the official version to reach our shores.
UPDATE: Pokémon Go Asia, a Pokémon Go blog, says that it looks like a Pokémon Go Asian launch could happen as soon as 48 hours from now. With the servers stabilising and Thursday being the usual day for App Store refreshes, it might just be the ideal time to have the game go live.
For Pokémon Go Singapore fans, you can follow the Pokémon Go Singapore fanpage to keep up-to-date on local sightings and activities.
While the game is free to download, there is of course, in-app purchases. You don't need them to play the game or have fun with it; they're entirely optional. It's finally time to go catch them all.