Upon loading up the game for the first time you are welcomed by Professor Willow, this games’ Pokemon Professor. Dawning gear of a seasoned walker, he introduces you to the Pokemon world and the fact that you will be going on the great adventure to catch all the monsters you can. This is where you are introduced to the character customisation which lets you pick between a boy or a girl as well as a few variants on attire, hats and back packs. The options themselves are quite lacking with only a few options available for each area of customisation. Even an option to not wear a hat would have been nice to see. After sorting out your avatar you are then welcome to explore and start catching with your first being the choice of Charmander, Squirtle or Bulbasaur from the original Blue & Red games along with a secret Pikachu if you are willing to walk away from these three.
From here on in the game is truly in your hands. There is one simple instruction that guides you, WALK. You can stand perfectly still and Pokemon will appear for you, but in order to maximise your chances of catching them you will need to get out of your house and start moving. The best way to start is to identify any local PokeStops you may live near. These stops act as hubs for experience gains as well as places to meet up with friends and gain free items every five minutes. Depending on where you are in the world, these stops can either be plentiful, in short supply or very few and far between. But commuting to these stops is by far the best way to keep an ample supply of Poke Balls as you will go through a lot of them trying to catch your favourite Pokemon, especially the rare breeds. As you go up in levels the Poke Stops will also supply you with stronger balls as well as a few other choice items for you to consider. As much as these stops are a great incentive to get moving around, their biggest drawback comes with the lack of them in certain areas such as suburbs and country sides. This will be addressed overtime by Niantic but for the short term it may increase the difficulty of your experience.