Google April Fools joke adds Pokémon to Google Maps, challenges you to catch ’em all

Google April Fools joke adds Pokémon to Google Maps, challenges you to catch ’em all

April Fools is tomorrow but Google’s annual prank has already appeared. This year, Google released a video about the Pokémon Challenge, an augmented reality game. Search for Pokémon using Google Maps and catch them all.

The video shows people rock climbing, fishing, and snapping pictures of Pokémon using their phones. The graphics are within the realm of possibility but augmented reality is not this advanced yet.

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However, Google has added 150 Pokémon around the world using Google Maps. Android and iOS users can navigate to Google’s headquarters in Google Maps to begin their search for Pokémon. There’s no update needed to start playing.

Google Pokemon prank

A good place to start is the Googleplex, which has been recreated to look like a building in the Pokémon games. Pan around the map and try to find all 150 Pokémon, which includes a mix of monsters from all the various versions of the game. Once a Pokémon is caught, you can view information about it in your Pokédex.

Source: Google Maps (YouTube)

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