Pokemon Go catches on in Russia

Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:35pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Pokemon GO, which marries a classic 20-year-old franchise with augmented reality, has swept Russia even before the official launch of the game in the country.

Hundreds of game fans can be seen in Moscow's central parks and squares chasing Pokemons.

Using mobile devices, players search for virtual Pokemon characters that appear to pop up in office spaces, restaurants, museums among other places in the real world.

Players score points in various ways, including capturing the Pokemon characters with a flick of a finger on their phone screen.

"I have been playing for about 10 days. I have been waiting for this game to be released for a long time as I used to like to watch Pokemon before going to school or kindergarten, when I was a baby. Besides the game is very interesting as it exploits augmented reality within the gaming process. I don't even know how to describe it properly. Either way, the game is entertaining. It also makes you go out for a walk," game fan Yura said.   Continued...