Pokemon Go mania has finally arrived in Hong Kong with today’s release of the free app. Players armed with smartphones can now scour the city to capture monsters and gather supplies. The game, based on a Nintendo title that debuted 20 years ago, uses smartphone satellite location, graphics and camera capabilities to overlay cartoon monsters on real-world settings, challenging players to capture and train the creatures for battles. The first Pokemaster: Tips and tricks from the first ‘Pokémon Go’ player to catch ’em all Here are the monster-hunting basics for those interested in trying the game. GOAL Capture and train monsters to battle for control of virtual “gyms” displayed on smartphone maps of real-world settings. Players win by controlling gyms and collecting Pokemon. HOW TO GET STARTED Download the free Android or Apple smartphone Pokemon Go app. Choose an avatar. Walk to a “PokeStop” icon pictured on the map and tap on it to reveal photos of the real-world location you are standing in front of. Spin image to obtain supplies such as balls for capturing monsters. Progress to the next level by visiting PokeStops and capturing Pokemon. CATCHING MONSTERS While walking, watch smartphone map for what appear to be bursts of leaves or grass. Go closer. When a Pokemon image appears on screen tap it. Switch to camera mode and scan surroundings to see Pokemon. Hold finger on Pokeball at bottom of smartphone screen, swipe to toss a ball and hit target to capture Pokemon. TRAINING MONSTERS Increase a Pokemon’s power using stardust and creature-specific candy found in the game. Reach Level 5. Walk to a gym, represented on a map as a tower. Once close enough, tap on the icon to enter the gym and choose which team to join: red, blue or yellow. If a gym is controlled by a rival team, challenge the ruling Pokemon for dominance. After defeating a rival Pokemon, leave your own Pokemon to rule the gym. Pokemon Go is set to turn the world on to the wonders of augmented reality TIPS Carry back-up power. Use teamwork to keep control of gyms. Don’t venture where it is not safe or you are not wanted. Remember your location is being tracked so others might find you. At the start, hold back from chasing the first Pokemon you see if you want a chance to get the coveted Pikachu later on.