The iconic Pokemon franchise is on smartphones for the first time — but it may not be exactly what you expect. Pokemon Go is designed to be a complement to the Pokemon franchise rather than simply a phone version of the classic game. This game is focused on collecting Pokemon, using locations that spawn Pokemon and anchor the game in the real world. A nearby statue or fountain, for example, could become a place to collect items. Users battle monster-to-monster, but only at points called Gyms. Traditionalists may find this disappointing, but it can also be a good tool for exploration.

It can be tempting to pay attention only to potential Pokemon and not to where you’re going, so be careful. Also, the game is designed for a walking pace, not a driving one — so don’t try to catch a Pokemon in the car, because you’ll quickly move out of range. Free, for iOS and Android

Hayley Tsukayama