Wednesday 28 September 2016

This Irish app is exactly what busy Pokemon Go hunters need to improve their game

Sasha Brady

Published 20/07/2016 | 14:58

Dublin City Centre Pokemon Go Pokedex. Source: Mawla
Dublin City Centre Pokemon Go Pokedex. Source: Mawla

A new app has been developed to show Pokemon Go hunters where exactly they can find various forms of Pokemon within specified areas of the country.

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The app, developed by Irish start-up Mawla, has created a series of maps which show users where they can find Pokemon within particular areas of the country

So far, they've developed one that focuses on Dublin City Centre, as well as maps for Malahide, Swords, Portmarnock and Drogehda.

Speaking to Independent.ie, developer Dan Malone explained how it works: "It works by spoofing the PokemonGo servers, essentially pretending to be an app. We give a starting location and then mimic the location and data of 'steps' so it looks like we are walking around/away from the starting point.

Dublin City Centre Pokemon Go Pokedex. Source: Mawla
Dublin City Centre Pokemon Go Pokedex. Source: Mawla

"The server returns data about the surrounding location like gyms/Pokemon/points of interest. This includes how long a Pokemon will be visible, once the timer runs out we remove it from the map."

The maps are updated every five seconds "with real server data, not user-gathered data" to keep it accurate.

Some might say it's cheating but there are no rules to the game, it's just luck of the draw and according to the developers, "it doesn't do all the work for you, you still need to find the Pokemon and catch it".

So it's a dream come true for trainers who struggle to "catch 'em all" with busy work schedules. Instead of wandering around aimlessly hoping for Pokemon to show up, you'll know where to find them - the best Pokemon hang-out spots.

They even created an exclusive map for Independent.ie and we've been chasing Pokemon all afternoon.

They are going to run a poll shortly for the next two map locations. Keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter to vote.

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