✦ Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge
Welcoming April and the season of Sakura blooming~ ✿
Yesterday was April fools day and there were no pranks going around me so it was all good. In fact yesterday was really joyful for me because I've got an invitation for a job interview! Not only that, there was a little prank challenge from Google Maps called the Pokémon Challenge!!! ε=ε=(ノ≧∇≦）ノキャー
Literally did backflips when I first heard about this. Did anyone of you played it? By the time this post is up, the game had most likely ended. For those who had missed it, let me go through it (and spazz while doing so) with you~
Click to watch the official overly-dramatic video by Google Maps here
To embark on your Pokémon Journey, users simply access the Google Maps app on their phones, "Press Start" and they're good to go! There are a total of 150 Pokémons to be caught (from all regions).
When I first started, I did not read instructions (you don't have to anyway for any Pokémon game), and did not follow any Twitter, Google+ or Facebook accounts so I was really lost as where to start. So the first location I searched was for Pokémon Center Osaka and I found my first wild Pokémon, a Pancham! After that I got the hang of it by searching all Pokémon centers, Pokémon Labs and famous landmarks all over the world. I reached about 90/150 Pokémons before giving up and search for cheat sheets done by people who had already completed the game, lol. It was impossible to complete the Pokédex without it! Many Pokémon were at volcanos, little off shore islands and in the middle of the sea...
Here is a sample screenshot when I searching around Sydney:
That little building is a Pokémon Lab and those little adorable tiny itty bitty sprites are Pokémon, o m g. How adorable is this?! There, we have a Chatot (music bird), Samurott (...samurai otter wat), Inkay (Jynx + squid) and a Charmander (lizard tail on fire).
Fun fact of the day: My favourite Pokémon ever is a Charizard. Badass.
Moving on, you tap on the itty bitty sprites and its name and a Pokéball would appear on the bottom of the screen. Press "Catch" and boom the Pokémon will be caught! You have an option to view the Pokédex or to continue the catching spree by hitting "Dismiss".
Once a Pokémon is caught, an itty bitty Pokéball sprite will take its place.
After many hours of struggling (geography isn't my strong subject), I've managed to catch all 150 Pokémons! (with cheating lol)
Google Maps had little Pokédex entries of all the 150 Pokémons and I thought it was really cute!
Another example of badass, Noivern.
Another fun fact of the day: I have a thing for dragon type Pokémons...
So that was how I spent my April fools day! I feel like this should happen every year... No? Okay. o(TヘT o)
To conclude this entry, here's a Snorlax:
Can we just take a quiet moment to look at this adorable sprite of a food machine!? +｡:.ﾟ(人〃∇〃)*
Till next entry! ♡ Thanks for reading ♡