A new app inspired by the smash-hit Pokémon Go game for Catholics has been released and apparently the Pope is a fan. Players encounter biblical figures and saints in the game and must complete tasks testing their biblical knowledge.
Smithsonian Mag reports Follow JC Go allows players to collect figures and add them to their “evangelisation team”, as well as make donations to charities and more through the app. On the reasoning behind creating the app executive director of the evangelical foundation Fundación Ramón Pané, Ricardo Grzona told Crux “Language and relations, among young people, go through smartphones. We wanted to be there and propose to them an educational video game, that is religious and interactive, and with which they can form evangelisation teams.”
The app which is heavily inspired by Pokémon Go has been in development since 2016 is available now for iPhone and Android however it is only available in Spanish. There are plans to bring out an English version of the augmented reality game in the future.
Examples of what you can expect in the game include Moses asking you if it was him who said “My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?” as a test of your faith and biblical knowledge. The game also prompts you to stop and pray if you are near a church or hospital.
Since it’s launch in 2o16, Pokémon Go has proved insanely popular with data from earlier this year estimating that over 2 million people are downloading the game every day. The app also caused an increase in accidents around the world due to people focussing on catching Pidgeots and not looking at where they’re walking/driving.