April Fool’s Day Fun Brought to You by the Google Maps App

Image Capture: Patricia Vollmer.
Image Capture: Patricia Vollmer. Watch the video at this link.

Google really pulled out all the stops for this year’s April Fool’s Day stunt. They launched a Pokémon Challenge recruiting video, suggesting that those who are really good at catching them can simply use their mobile devices, with Google Maps installed, to catch 150 Pokemon scattered around the world. Those who succeed might be recruited by Google!

Do you want in on the fun? This capability only exists on Google Map apps for Android and iOS and is probably quite short-lived. I don’t expect it to last much past today. Simply ensure your Google Maps app is updated and then initiate a search. When you click on the “Search” box, you should see a blue-colored “Press start” button with a Pokéball icon.

The blue icon should be available on your Google Maps app if you have the most recent version. Image Capture: Patricia Vollmer.
The blue icon should be available on your Google Maps app if you have the most recent version. Image Capture: Patricia Vollmer.

Select the “Press start” button and you will be whisked away to the Pokémon Lab, which is really the Googleplex at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. You’ll be greeted with a bunch of Pokémon on the map. Just tap the monsters, catch them, and they’ll be added and cataloged in your very own mobile Pokédex.

My sons and I are all playing against each other on separate devices that all have Google Maps installed. My sons are much better at it than I am, and one of my sons has even hit the 25 Collected badge as of this writing.

Simply tap the Pokémon and they'll be added to your Pokédex! Image capture: Patricia Vollmer.
Simply tap the Pokémon and they’ll be added to your Pokédex! Image capture: Patricia Vollmer.
Image Capture: Patricia Vollmer.
Image Capture: Patricia Vollmer.
Catch enough Pokémon and you can earn badges! Because what game is complete without badges! Image capture: Patricia Vollmer.
Catch enough Pokémon and you can earn badges! Because what game is complete without badges! Image capture: Patricia Vollmer.

Are you playing along? Let us know how you’re doing and where you’re finding them!

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Patricia Vollmer is the proud mother of two emerging geek sons, ages 12 & 14. She serves part time as a meteorologist with the Air Force Reserve and is currently assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Patricia blogs about her family's nomadic military life at Ground Control to Major Mom. Home is always where the Air Force sends her family, which for now is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hobbies include running, despite no one chasing her, sharing her love for Disney and Star Wars, and exploring the world with her boys. Ask her why the sky is blue at your own risk.