Thousands hunt Pokémon Go in Madrid to break record

It may only have been officially launched in Spain two weeks ago but already Pokémon Go already has so many fans here that Madrid set a world record.

Thousands hunt Pokémon Go in Madrid to break record
Pokémon fans gather in Madrid's Puerta del Sol. Photo: AFP

On Thursday more than 3,000 players met up in the capital’s Puerta del Sol from 7pm to participate in the biggest Pokémon hunt the world has ever seen.

Oganisers estimated that up to 5,000 players descended on the square to catch Pokémon together and fight other players, easily beating the record previously held by Sydney, Australia.

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The meeting was originally planned for the Retiro park, but city authorities denied authorization for a large gathering in what it said was a “protected environmental space”.

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Instead, organizers set up mobile charging stations and distributed free water as temperatures topped 38 C.

City parks and tourist sites have been inundated with crowds glued to their smart phones as they play the latest craze.

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Spanish police have even released guidelines in an attempt to limit accidents by those to immersed in the virtual reality game to pay proper attention to their surroundings.

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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'

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

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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.