Google Maps, Pokemon Part of Tech Giant's April Fools' Day Joke

Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 12:17 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Google's latest April Fools' Day hoax brought nostalgia to former Pokemon fans of the '90s.

The company released the video on March 31, inviting users to partake in "the most rigorous test known to man," the challenge of finding Pokemon using the Google Maps app.

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Various Pokemon characters made appearances, and users were asked to find them all by April 2 at 2 p.m. PST for a chance to become a Pokemon Master at Google. Those who successfully locate all 150 Pokemon are to receive an invitation to the Googleplex for the final round of the test for the position.

The job is set to begin Sept. 1, 2014, according to the video.

The quest begins by opening Google Maps. After clicking the search bar, a Pokeball pops up with a start button. Hints are available on Google Maps on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.

Google is known for pulling pranks on April Fools' Day. Previous pranks include Google mentalplex, Google Romance and Google Gulp.

The elaborate Pokemon prank made users aware it was a ruse with the following disclaimer at the end:

"Side effects of the Pokemon challenge may include extreme excitement and a sense of accomplishment. Do not operate the Pokemon challenge in Google Maps while driving or operating heavy machinery. Our hiring committee must first battle to determine who can best judge the Pokemon master. The battle date has yet to be set, so the role of Pokemon master is not yet available."

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