It's a thing: Pokémon Go invades Seattle
SEATTLE -- Is that a Weedle on the Space Needle? Better catch it!
Pokémon Go is a free, augmented-reality game released Wednesday for iPhone and Android users. It's lighting up the internet, and leading hundreds of users around by their cell phones.
The object of the game is to travel around Seattle, collecting Pokémon to then train for combat against other players doing the same thing.
By Friday, hundreds in the Seattle-area were playing the game. Check them out in the tiny gallery below:
What makes the app unique is the ability to see and catch the little monsters in real time and in real life. Using your phone's camera and a map linked to your phone's GPS, you can walk outside and find an Eevee on the sidewalk, or in the lobby at work.
Playing the game will drain your phone's battery, and it can be a little distracting - thus a welcome message reminding users to be aware of their surroundings.
Walking around staring at his cell phone, Seattle resident Josh Lewis managed to run into a tree branch and bike rack while using the app Wednesday night. He did get up to Level 6 after hunting down monsters in Capitol Hill most of the night though.
"This game came out when I was in fifth grade, " Josh said. "It's bringing back the nostalgia."
As if there weren't enough people in public staring down at their cell phones, Pokémon Go has made for a truly entertaining experience as social media feeds are flooded with screenshots, hints, and anecdotes.
Other amusing features are Pokéstops, or places you can visit to pick up items like Pokéballs and candy to feed and level up the Pokémon.
In Darwin, Australia, the app sent users to a police station, prompting a warning from the police station that read:
For those budding Pokemon Trainers out there using Pokemon Go - whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokestop, please be advised that you don't actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs.
It's also a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street. That Sandshrew isn't going anywhere fast.
Stay safe and catch 'em all!
Meanwhile, in Seattle, landmarks like the Space Needle, churches and even pot shops act as gyms so players can battle their trained digital beasts.
So if you want to take the claim of being the best trainer at Pike Place Market, you better "catch 'em all."
Newbies and veterans can join in on the fun by downloading the app on your smartphone.
And for more information on how to download or play the game, visit the Pokémon website.