Google’s Master April Fool’s Pokemon Prank

Google April Fools prank puts Pokemon

An augmented reality Pokemon game utilizing Google Maps sounds too good to be true. Unfortunately, on the eve of April Fools’ Day, Google is pulling a fast one on diehard Pokemon fanatics, albeit in the best way possible.

Google has been known to pull a prank or two — in recent years more like a dozen — every April since 2000, with the effort getting seemingly more involved and epic in scope each year. In 2013 alone, Google announced YouTube was shutting down for 10 years to pick a “winning video,” debuted a treasure hunt mode for Google Maps, announced a beta launch of a smell-searching product called Google Nose, and released a fake Gmail update that was said to make the product better by making it the color blue.

Starting Monday, Google has flooded its iOS and Android Maps app with Pokemon, placing 150 of the creatures in real-world locations that can then be tapped on to “catch” and fill one’s Pokedex. Read More