Google's April Fool joke challenges you to catch all the Pokémon

Google advertises vacancy for a Pokémon Master in its latest April Fool's Day gag

Every year, Google pulls out all the stops with for its annual April Fool's Day joke.

From the Virgle mission to Mars to Google Maps Treasure Mode, Google's tried to outdo itself.

This year, it's advertising an augmented reality game that challenges players to travel the world in search of Pokémon and catch them using their smartphones – to compete for the title of Google Pokémon Master.

Sadly there's no such job on offer – but as a consolation prize, Google's added a Pokémon treasure hunt to iOS and Android versions of the Google Maps app.

Google Pokémon Master

Pop into the Maps app and tap on the search bar, and lo and behold, there's a little Poké Ball icon. Tap on it, and Pokémon will appear scattered across the map for you to catch – though in reality, there's no AR component to the game.

All you have to do is tap on a Pokémon to add it to your Pokédex – there are 150 in all, though they're reportedly not the original 150 from the first game. Still, it's a diverting way to while away the hours. Gotta catch 'em all!

[Google Japan Blog via Polygon]

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