GPS-based augmented reality game Pokmon GO is out now in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, sending prospective Pokmon Trainers to all sorts of real world locations seeking invisible monsters. One such locale is the Darwin Police Station in Australia where the Sandshrew is hidden. This has led to players shuffling in and out of the station to the point where the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services had to address the issue on Facebook.
“For those budding Pokmon Trainers out there using Pokmon Go – whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokstop, please be advised that you don’t actually have to step inside in order to gain the Pokballs,” the government agency stated.
“It’s also a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street. That Sandshrew isn’t going anywhere fast.
“Stay safe and catch ’em all!”
We’re still waiting for Pokmon GO to premiere in the west, but there is a workaround to get it early in the UK and US for those using Android devices. Should you go that route, here’s the UK pricing for its microtransactions.
A word of warning though: early reports claim that Pokmon Go can be a huge strain on your phone’s battery. This won’t be a problem if you encounter an emergency next to the Darwin Police Station, but for anywhere else you’d best be vigilant of your mobile’s charge.