Pokémon fans rejoice! The latest evolution of the beloved monster collecting craze has finally been released
Yes, the long awaited Pokémon Go has finished up its beta phase, and is being rolled out around the world as we speak.
The game places Pokémon in the real world, and budding trainers must use their phone GPS to track them down, where the monsters will appear on screen through the magic of augmented reality. It sounds awesome.
It’s unfortunately only sort of been released in the UK, in that only Android users can gain access to it at the time of writing, and then it’s only if they perform a sneaky workaround.
But stories emerging from Australia, the US and other countries where the game is 100% officially out are suggesting we could see some pretty obsessive tactics for catching them all.
Here are some of the most audacious we’ve seen:
Stepping in to police stations
There’s a Pokestop at a police station in Darwin. pic.twitter.com/JWJ154CpQP
— Srushti (@srshti) July 7, 2016
A major element of Pokémon Go is the Pokéstops; areas of the map where trainers can stock up on more Pokéballs with which to catch Pokémon.
Usually assigned to landmarks on the map, the Darwin Police Station is Austraila is obviously one of them.
A Facebook post from the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services revealed players are assuming they actually have to step in to the authoratative office to stock up. Not so.
Forgetting privacy completely
Playing Pokemon Go outside wondering if my neighbors think I'm a creepy girl taking photos of their house. pic.twitter.com/XIbSsyoDZW
— Jamaica dela Cruz (@jamaicadelacruz) July 6, 2016
Trespassing on to private property
I want this Squirtle but I have to trespass in my neighbour's backyard. Hmm… #PokemonGO
— Frank Li (@Chief_Sangy) July 6, 2016
Giving up your lunch break
— Thuy Ong (@ThuyOng) July 6, 2016
Adjusting your workout schedule
Im sitting here outside the gym ready to workout but instead im catching pokemon to level up to battle in a virtual gym in pokemon go…
— Craig/Mini Ladd (@MiniLaddd) July 7, 2016
Reorganising the big shop
— Cha ⭐️ (@ayyyvocado) July 7, 2016
Taking ridiculous detours
— Hankster (@TheMrHankSmith) July 7, 2016
Of course, for the lazier Poké trainers out there, you can also do nothing.
Our brief time with the game revealed that your choice of three starter Pokémon are revealed to you within the first few seconds, and Pokémon will gladly wander in to your area if you just sit back and let them. Using a lure in-game increases your chances even more.
We caught around 15 of the critters from the comfort of our desk just yesterday!
Going to the toilet
Those Pokémon can pop up anywhere…