Whilst Pokémon GO! is already officially out in Australia and New Zealand, an online source has been recently located, allowing Android-users to download the game – regardless of their region.
The download is an APK file, andcan be found via this link. To install the game as an app, you’ll need to set your Android device to allow installations from unknown sites.
Downloading from unknown sources can be risky, however, as APK files have been known to contain malware. This being said, no problems with the Pokémon GO! file seem to have been reported yet.
Pokémon GO! is an augmented-reality game for the iOS and Android platforms, allowing players to scan their real-life surroundings to find hidden Pokémon. The game was created in collaboration with The Pokémon Company by developer Niantic, the studio behind augmented-reality title Ingress.
As in the beloved RPG franchise, pokémon are scattered throughout a variety of different environments. Whilst a walk along the sea-front might reward you with a Squirtle, a pleasant woodsy hike might bag you a few neat grass-types.
You can even purchase a nifty wristband, that allows you to play the game without unlocking your phone. The gadget is due out later this month.
However, since its release, the game has been reported to have a significant impact on users’ battery life. However, as reported by Eurogamer, the issue has been acknowledged. The game also has microtransactions, ranging from a modest $0.99 (around 80p), all the way to $99.99 (£80 approx).
Pokémon GO saw its official launch yesterday, but only in Australia, New Zealand and very few US regions (via. The Verge). As reported by The Wall Street Journal, The Pokémon Company has asked fans in North America and Japan to “please wait a while” for the game’s formal launch. The game is expected to launch in those countries later this week.