New phone app ‘Pokemon Go’ breaks records and makes headlines

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Forget Angry Birds and Candy Crush, there’s now another reason for you to be addicted to your smart phones.

Just in time for Comic-Con, there’s a new app that’s making headlines and breaking records.

In less than one week, the mobile app "Pokemon Go" has become the most downloaded free app as well as the the top grossing app in both Apple and Android stores.

So how does it work? The animated game allows smartphone users to track and catch Pokemon in real life, kind of like a fantasy version of Google Maps. The app uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where you are and when you are using the game.

Once you’ve opened the app, Pokemon appear on your phone’s screen and the point is then to catch him.

The idea behind it all is for you to travel around, explore and discover new places, all while trying to capture more than 150 different types of animated characters. The game requites you to walk up to six miles at times to hatch eggs, which will increase your score and put you ahead in the game.

After the app debuted last Wednesday, some have had negative experiences with it, like a 19-year-old girl in Wyoming who was trying to find Pokemon along a river near her home, when she spotted a dead body floating in the water.

In Missouri, four men used the app to purposely trap players late at night so they could rob them at gunpoint.

On the flip side, other gamers are shedding positive light on the app, saying it’s getting them outside and given them some exercise. 

Pokemania started back in the late 1990s and we haven’t heard much of it since. But now, it’s obviously back and bigger than ever. Nintendo, which owns the game, saw it’s stock surge 36 percent in the first two days of its release.

The app’s popularity has added about $7.5 million in value to Nintendo since its debut last Wednesday.

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