Become a Real-Life Pokemon Master with Google Maps

March 31, 2014

1:51 pm

It’s already April 1st in Australia and Japan, and while thought to be a largely Western phenomenon (or, at least, I thought that), it seems that those on the opposite end of the globe also appreciate a good April Fools’ joke. Right now, if you open up Google Maps on your iPhone or Android device, you can take part in the Pokemon Challenge and finally capture Pokemon in real life…kind of.


To activate the Pokemon Challenge, simply go to the search bar at the top of the Google Maps app, then hit the “Press Start” option with the blue Poke ball icon. Then, simply explore the map, find the Pokemon (which isn’t too hard), and catch them.

Known widely for numerous April Fools’ jokes and Easter eggs, this particular Google April Fools’ prank is definitely my favorite. Don’t wait too long, though, because you only have until 2:00 am to take part in the Google Maps Pokemon Challenge – gotta catch ’em all! (If you want to spoil the fun for yourself, here’s a list of locations on where to find Pokemon).

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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