The Vatican launches Pokémon Go clone

Popémon Go: Haaris Qureshi covers the latest from famous mobile developer, Niantic.

Haaris Qureshi
12th November 2018
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It’s been just over two years since Pokémon Go was released, to mixed reviews but nevertheless popularising the concept of AR location-based games. Niantic are planning on releasing a follow-up in the form of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, but in the meantime several developers have released their own clones, including ones based on Jurassic World, Ghostbusters and Garfield.

But a new challenger approaches, in the form of the perhaps not so eloquently named Follow JC Go (I guess that they chickened out of naming it the far superior Popémon Go). Developed by evangelisation foundation Fundación Ramón Pané, this clone has you recruit saints, Biblical figures and other religious personages to your ‘Evangelization Team’ (also known as your ‘eTeam’, because presumably the devs don’t understand what the prefix ‘e-‘ stands for nor the power of pop references to The A Team).

Instead of throwing balls which imprison your captee in a small metal sphere, which might understandably be a bit inappropriate when you’re faced with St. Francis, one must answer a question of trivia to successfully add that person to your collection.

If you feel like you need to get back in touch with your faith through the means of mobile AR video games, you know where to look.

The game also allows one to donate to churches they are in the vicinity of, while being prompted to make a prayer.

And with the blessing of the Vatican itself, it looks like Popémon Go can avoid the variety of technical issues which plagued Pokémon Go during its launch. The game is available internationally, and I have actually downloaded the game myself to give it a go.

Unfortunately, my ability to fully enjoy the wonders of being questioned by religious icons in return for a digital copy of themselves is hampered by the game currently only being available in Spanish.  The developers have promised that an English version is incoming, so if you feel like you need to get back in touch with your faith through the means of mobile AR video games, you know where to look.

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AUTHOR: Haaris Qureshi
Haaris Qureshi has written for the Courier since 2014. He has also been the Station Manager of NUTV, and produces independent content.

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