Here’s what you need to know about the hottest new app.
If you’ve seen people seemingly take pictures of nothing at all while you were out this weekend, you’ve probably already experienced the overnight phenomenon of Pokémon Go. The recently-released smartphone game mimics the objectives of the previously released Pokémon games—to catch all 151 of the universe’s creatures. But instead of using cards or video games, it integrates your smartphone camera, and the real and virtual worlds. You walk around, looking for Pokémon to appear on your screen, and catch them using digital “Pokéballs.” The game has captured a wide range of users—from elementary schoolers experiencing their first brush with the Japanese brand to nostalgic millennials who grew up with the Game Boy cartridges and binders full of yellow-rimmed cards. Here are four things you should know about the game (practically) everyone is talking about.