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.
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.
The game is free to download and play - there are in-app purchases which are a faster way to get the items needed to capture Pokemon.
Lots of people are getting outside to find Pokemon near their homes, and at the same time they are discovering more of their local area.
For example, the War Memorial at our Southampton Head Office is getting more visitors now that it also features a pokestop.
We want to know what weird and wonderful things you've found while trying to catch them all. Tell us in the comments below!
All images from the Pokemon Go app page, copyright Niantic Inc.