Once a year Google comes up with a new joke for April Fool’s Day. This year it’s a Pokemon Google Maps Challenge. All Google Maps users can browse around Google Maps and try to catch as many Pokemon as possible.
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And since Google hires only exceptional people, the Google Maps team has created a new job role, which will be given to the best and most enthusiastic Google Maps explorer out there – the Pokemon Master.
How I caught more then 40 Pokemon in 15 Minutes
But where do you find those Pokemon and how do you catch them all? Well, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to find and catch them.
Location is key
To catch a Pokemon you first have to find one. From what I have seen, most Pokemon are located next to famous locations, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower and the Req Square. Just take the top 100 most popular tourist attractions from your favourite travel website and start looking for Pokemon there.
Also, make sure to look for Pokemon next to Google’s and Facebook’s headquarters. There are plenty of them there.
The home of all Pokemon
But the best place to catch most Pokemon is, of course, your Pokemon Lab. By touching the search field in Google Maps you can get the option “Return to Pokemon Lab”, which is located next to the CERN research center in Switzerland. There you will have a constant supply of new Pokemon. Once you catch all of them there, go look somewhere else and return to the Pokemon Lab again, where you will see new ones.
It’s all about perspective
To make looking for Pokemon much easier and faster change to the perspective view by swiping up with two fingers. This way you see way more and farther ahead than you see usually without zooming out.
While in perspective view, try looking around! Rotate two fingers clockwise or counter-clockwise to look at what’s around you without having to change your position on the map.
Now it’s your turn
Now go on and get all the 150 Pokemon! You have just one day to catch them all!
If you also have some tips on how to catch more Pokemon on Google Maps, please share them with us in the comments!