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Having trouble keeping your throws accurate in Pokemon Go? Well, one rather clever chap has come up with a solution that might actually make bad Pokeball throws a thing of the past, and it takes the form of a rather spiffy iPhone case.
The Pokeball Aimer case for Pokemon Go is, in short, brilliant. It's one of those concepts that seems so obvious now that it is in front of us, we have to wonder why it took someone several weeks to come up with it.
The folks over at Gizmodo stumbled upon the Pokeball Aimer, a case that wraps around your iPhone and, in theory, greatly reduces the chances you'll have a botched throw while playing Pokemon Go. Sure, you'll have to slide the thing off and on regularly while playing, but that's a small price to pay for fewer wasted Pokeballs. The design also grants access to all of the important menu buttons when playing, with schematics you can download for a 3D printer free of charge.
If you've ever played Pokemon Go, then you're likely familiar with the heart-crushing, evening-ruining drama that is known as a curveball. In the game, the mechanics for catching a Pokemon are simple. Just wait for a moment when the Pokemon isn't jumping about like a goofball and swipe up on the screen with the right amount of force to reach the Pokemon. You'll need to put more force behind your throw if the Pokemon is further away or flying.
Those are the steps for a pure, basic throw. There's a catch, though: Sometimes the game registers the slightest finger sway as a poor throw, which will cause your Pokeball to veer far off course. I think we've probably all been stuck in a catch where, 15 balls later, you still haven't nabbed a pocket monster due to these shenanigans.
With this case from Jon Cleaver, a groove down the middle of the phone serves as a perfectly straight guide, meaning your finger should never be read as veering off course. If it works properly, that should take a lot of the hassle out of catching critters in Pokemon Go.
Then again, this is all assuming that those insane curveballs are, in fact, 100 percent human error. I was caught in an agonizing loop of misses just last night that I'm convinced was a bit of a glitch on the game's part. I went so far as to sit down, use my knees and elbows to form a sort of tripod and threw the Pokeball oh-so-carefully. Just as it got to the Pokemon, though, it shot off into the distance.
Still, at the very least, this handy phone cover should help you determine if it's really you screwing up or something iffy with Pokemon Go. If you're still throwing curveballs with the guide, you can officially curse the game guilt-free.