Combining the best bits of games and geocaching, Pokemon Go is taking the world outside
Unless you've been living under a rock, you have probably heard of Pokemon Go, the latest release from Nintendo.
We don't normally cover games on #GetOutside, but we are going to make an exception for this one - because it uses augmented reality (AR) to encourage players to get out and explore the real world.
The game uses the real world to generate maps, and shows your location
It's all about finding and catching Pokemon, like this cute little Charmander
What is Pokemon Go?
It builds on the long-running franchise of games, TV and toys about capturing and battling mythical animals - Pokemon. A big part of it is trying to collect all the rarest Pokemon - it's catchphrase is 'Gotta catch them all'.
The latest iteration puts all the Pokemon on to a real world map. To capture them you have to physically get to the location on the map and search the area until they appear and can be captured. You will also need to look for Pokestops - places where you can find items and Gyms, where you can pit your captured Pokemon against other players in a short battle.
The great thing about this form of augmented reality game is that it rewards walking or cycling as it's often the easiest way to go between Pokemon hiding spots, Gyms and Pokestops. Many of the stops are clustered around parks and other green spaces, so it's a great way to get kids (or adults!) out and active.
Landmarks and significant buildings are often Gyms, so it can be a great way of discovering more about your area too.
Real word features, such as this sculpture become important points in the game
You can level up and challenge other players in the Gym