Mind you, it's not a full version of the Pokemon Go game. To actually catch Pokemon, you'll still need your phone. The Apple Watch version is more of a companion app that tracks your steps (they'll even count towards your Apple Watch fitness goals), helps you stock up on Pokemon-catching items, and sends notifications to your wrist when there's a Pokemon nearby.
It's a shame the game still makes you pull out the phone -- to avoid that, you may still need to find the (somewhat buggy) $35 Pokemon Go Plus wearable.
Here's the full list of features, according to an official blog post from the game's creators:
- Log each play session as a workout, with gameplay counting toward personal Activity rings
- Receive notifications about nearby Pokémon
- Count distance toward hatching Pokémon Eggs and receiving Candy with your Buddy Pokémon
- Receive notifications about PokéStops nearby and collect items from them
- Receive notifications when Eggs hatch and medals are awarded
We'll need to spend some, ahem, quality time testing out the new Apple Watch app for ourselves...but in the meantime, here's what it looked like in September.
Happy hunting, folks!