I live in a 25K population suburb city with around a 25K city 4 miles south and 2, 25K cities 2 and 4 miles north. I have endless paved city streets and paved bike trails. I have a drop outside in front of my neighbors house. This puts me at a huge advantage over even someone out in the country who may have V.I.P. I counted 43 drops surrounding me on my map where I live. I do have V.I.P which gives me a higher cap on coins. I tend to max that cap most days. Where I work, There are 5 drops just around the outside of the building although too far to get them while I work but I can reach 3 and 4 spawns an hour in reach from my desk.
I have more advantage in this game than Pokemon as their spinner things are more sparse and a lot farther to get to.
This is free to play if you want but they made it so if you pay, you do get some advantages.
I tell my wife she is cheating because she has has bough game money for extra coins and incubators. Despite her paying real money for stuff, I’m still ahead of her with my team. I’m still even one legendary ahead of her with a higher level team. Minus the VIP which we both have, I’m still ahead because I spend 2-3 hours on my bike on weekends riding around hunting rares and epics with a phone charger to keep my poor phone alive. What a battery draining game…even worse that Pokemon.