Following a petition that surpassed the mark of 50,000 signatures, Pokémon Go is finally available for Windows 10 mobile phones. After months of drooling over the game, watching iOS and Android users have all the fun, Windows 10 users now have an opportunity to join in on all the excitement.
The game was not developed by Niantic, the original developer of the app, but by a third-party company known as ST-Apps. What they did is port Pokémon Go to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) client, and then run the application as an open source project on Github. For this reason, the PoGo-UWP app failed when Niantic updated Pokémon Go.
But it’s back!
ST-Apps managed to identify the problems and unknown errors, and fixed them accordingly. They also made improvements to the game, and even added more features.
- New map styles have been added, which were designed to mimic those found on the original app. Enable the new apps in settings.
- To capture a Pokémon, you now have an option to flick your device to throw the ball. Enjoy it while you can, because it is still in its experimental stage. Who knows if it will stay or go in the next few days or months?
- Pokémon detail page has been added, where you can power up, transfer or allow your character to evolve.
- Incubate eggs in the Pokémon and Eggs inventory
On top of these, improvements have been made to the app’s functionality, such as bug fixes, revamped UI, and translations. Device spoofing has also been added to keep bugs at bay.
Of course, you would have to embrace the bad with the good. Some of the buttons on the updated version of PoGo-UWP are not working. But some are actually just placeholders. There are also instances when the Pokémon details page will crash when you open it. Notifications or visual feedback after egg hatching is lacking.
Two of the really annoying errors are the wrong theme being applied, and the wrong value showing up on the experience bar after level up. And, unlike Niantic’s Pokémon Go, some of the animations in the PoGo-UWP app are quite disappointing.
Didn’t they say beggars can’t be choosers? With no hint of the popular app coming to Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile any time soon, we’ll just have to suck it up. At least, we have something close to the real thing. Let’s just hope Niantic doesn’t do another update in the near future.
For now, enjoy PoGo-UWP and learn some secret tricks to catch rare Pokémon.