GAMERS: Pokemon trainers Courtney Aliotta, Sami Cassidy and Brandan Moffitt out and about playing Pokemon Go in City Square.
GAMERS: Pokemon trainers Courtney Aliotta, Sami Cassidy and Brandan Moffitt out and about playing Pokemon Go in City Square. Trevor Veale

Have you found Pokemon around the Coffs Coast?

POKEMON have taken over Coffs Harbour with local Pokemon trainers embarking on a quest to catch them all around town.

The 90s video game franchise has been reincarnated in the form of a free app called Pokemon Go, which has so far taken Australia, New Zealand and the US by storm.

Kaisha Oloman got the game the day it came out about a week ago. She said the land down under is the best place to play with technical glitches causing issues abroad.

"Australia is the best place to be for Pokemon Go right now," she said.

Once confined to the screen of Game Boy Colours and the alike, Pokemon Go creators have fulfilled the ultimate desires of Pokemon fans by bringing the popular video game into reality.

The app achieves this by accessing your phone's GPS, camera and clock to situate you in the game and introduce Pokemon around you (via your phone screen).

Levels are gained by catching Pokemon, visiting Pokestops (which are scattered around town in places like Park Avenue Ln...hint, hint!) and battling at gyms.

Hitting level five means you have caught enough Pokemon tojoin one of three teams - Mystic, Valor and Instinct - to battle with and occupy gyms.

Team Facebook pages enable players to connect, meet up around town to play, explains Kaisha.

"With the groups on Facebook, it's great it has really created a community in especially within the actual teams."

Kaisha said the initial excitement of the game saw people engage in unsafe activities such as playing while driving.

"I think it's definitely getting better now, people are kind of coming to their senses about what's appropriate to do and what's not."

Pokemon fan Alan Harding said the game is showing no signs of slowing down in Coffs.

"Here in Coffs Harbour it's definitely building momentum," he said.



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