Mo. teens used Pokemon Go to lure robbery victims

It has a higher installation rate than dating app Tinder, which is only installed and running on average of 2% of all Android phones in the U.S.

But if you'd prefer to skip over those three and go for the gold - er, yellow - you can grab Pikachu, the most iconic Pokemon of them all, as your starter Pokemon.

Pokemon Go has exploded in popularity since its release last week, boosting game-maker Nintendo's stocks by more than 20 per cent with millions of copies downloaded.

Hanke said that trading is coming soon, and will encompass the game's core values of interaction. "If you use this app (or other similar type apps) or have children that do we ask you to please use caution when alerting strangers of your future location".

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Since Pokemon Go became available for download, you can't go anywhere without seeing people on their phones. There was the guy who caught a Pokemon while waiting for his wife to give birth, and the 19-year-old who found a dead body while trying to catch a Pokemon. Police say the robbers used the game to lure victims by putting a "beacon" at a location to draw in players.

But it's not all bad news.

Police in Missouri arrested four people early Sunday after they allegedly robbed multiple people at gunpoint using the wildly popular "Pokemon Go" smartphone app. The Northern Territory Police, Fire, and Emergency Service department received so many players that they even issued a statement on their Facebook page in response.

Players open the game on their smartphones and then walk around their neighborhoods looking for prominent local landmarks - represented in the game as "Pokestops", to gather supplies. If you've got a great story from your time chasing Pokemon, tell us what it is in the forums!

  • Michael Mitchell