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Police issue guidelines as Pokémon craze sweeps Spain

Spanish police have been forced to issue guidelines on how to safely play Pokémon GO as the augmented reality game sweeps across Spain.

Police issue guidelines as Pokémon craze sweeps Spain
Photo: Policia Nacional

Spanish police have been forced to issue guidelines on how to safely play Pokémon GO as the augmented reality game sweeps across Spain.

In a campaign targeting hunters of the virtual cartoon monsters, police advice gamers to remember that “the real world” includes obstacles such “pedestrian crossings, traffic lights, street furniture – don’t be the cause, or the victim, of an accident”.

“Remember it is absolutely prohibited to play Pokémon while driving or cycling,” the guidelines state.

They also warn against trespassing on private property or walking along busy roads.

The campaign was launched by Spain’s National Police just hours after officers had to rescue a Japanese couple who had wandered into a busy motorway tunnel in Barcelona in search of Pokémon.

Meanwhile in Madrid two men, both 25, were arrested just before dawn on Monday after they entered a Civil Guard barracks in a bid to capture a rare monster.

Police warned players that the use of GPS technology for the game means users' location is visible to others, potentially making them vulnerable to muggings or theft, as well as signalling when they are not at home.

Pokémon Go, the smartphone-based version of the classic 1990s game, became available in Spain on Friday, July 15th, and has already amassed huge popularity.

Spain’s parks and city spaces as well as most famous tourist sites have been awash with gamers gripping their smart phones and making the tell-tale swiping movements as they seek out Pokémon and his monster friends.

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Croquemon Go: Spain invents twist on game to ‘eat ’em all’

If moving around the city hunting virtual monsters isn’t really your thing, but grazing on tapas on a bar crawl is, then Croquemon Go is quite possibly the game for you.

Croquemon Go: Spain invents twist on game to 'eat 'em all'
Photo: thespanishcuisine.com

Food blogger Pepe Montford has invented a parody of the popular Nintendo smartphone game Pokémon Go by encouraging foodies to seek out the best croquetas on offer in Cadiz.

“If people the world over can hunt Pikachus then why can’t they hunt down croquettes?” he asks on the blog cosasdecome.es.

READ MORE Recipe: How to make Spanish ham croquettes

The game involves walking into a Cadiz bar, asking for a plate of 'croquetas', photographing them, eating them and then posting the photo of social media.

“The photo can show a whole croquette, with a bite taken out if it, pierced by a fork, or you can even send in a ‘croqueselfie’ to share with the world your croquette joy,” explains Montford.

Dozens of people have already entered the game tagging #CroquemonGou on Twitter. 


Roberto Rodriguez snapped this cheeky croquette in Cadiz's Popeye restaurant.

The competition runs until August 12th when the best entries will be awarded a prize. Click on the photo below for details on how to take part. 

 

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