Phones out ready to "catch 'em' all" for new Pokemon game

IF you were out and about in Gladstone this weekend, chances are you may have seen more people than usual gazing at their phones as they wander the streets.

It's not because everyone was snapchatting their feet, or they were reading the latest count on the federal seat for Flynn.

What's more likely, is they were searching for Pokemon.

A new mobile phone game, Pokemon GO was released this week and it's taken the world, Australia and Gladstone by storm.

Michael Ritchie and his friends spent their Saturday night searching for Pokemon.

Josh, Michael, Trent, Dylan, Caitlin all play Pokémon GO.
Josh, Michael, Trent, Dylan, Caitlin all play Pokémon GO. Michael Ritchie

"I just think it's pretty fun, completely different any other game you can get on your phone and it's getting everyone out and about around town," he said.

"I've probably only caught a few, not too many, I only just downloaded it on Saturday night for something to do but my mate Trent gets right into it.

"His favourite Pokemon is squirtle I think because when he was a young fella he had a pet turtle named squirtle so he's probably hoping it's going to evolve soon," he said.

The 90s anime show has come back bigger than ever, with the augmented reality mobile game taking off around the world.

The game uses your phones camera and GPS to capture, battle, train and trade virtual Pokemon.

Alex Linke said there was already a similar game released, that he thought was better than Pokemon GO.

It's called Ingress and was made by the same creator.

"Maybe you should promote it its much more competitive and incredibly addictive and also promotes getting out and walking around rather than sitting at home," he told The Observer.

The game caused a stir in the Northern Territory after a Pokestop was placed at the Darwin Police Station.

"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," they wrote on the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services Facebook page.

"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."

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