Google opened up the Google Maps Pokémon Challenge on March 31st, giving everyone the opportunity to collect 150 Pokémon scattered all over Google Maps. As soon as I got to know of it I opened the app on my phone started hunting for Pokémon. But like many, I gave up after about collecting about 20.
But I’m pretty sure I would have stuck at it and found all 151 if I’d have known a surprise gift from Google was the reward.
For those who weren’t following the Pokémon Challenge, here’s how it worked: Users simply had to load up Google Maps on an Android or iOS device and tap a button to take part, then spend some time browsing maps to find hidden Pokémon. They were in random places all over the world, and it probably would have taken a good while to find them all. (The reason I gave up.)
It’s unclear how many people actually completed the challenge, but clearly some did. Google is currently contacting them via Google+ and providing them with a link to a Google Drive document where they can submit their address and other information for a free gift.
They’ll need to verify they completed the challenge by providing a location for Mew, the 151st Pokémon, which appeared on the map only after the other 150 had been found.
Once Google has your details, you’ll receive a surprise gift free of charge within 4-6 weeks. No one has any idea what that gift will be yet — that’s the whole idea of a surprise — but knowing Google, it’ll be something awesome.
Did you find all 151 Pokémon, and if so, have you received a message from Google about receiving a free gift?