Can you catch them all?

That’s the question millennials around the world have been asking each other for the past week following the launch of Pokémon Go, a smartphone app version of the popular 1990s video game series that has revived the glory days of video gaming for thousands of them.

The purpose of Pokémon Go is the same as it was 21 years ago when the original game was released in 1995 — catch as many Pokémon as possible.

But when gamers download the Pokémon Go app, they are no longer limited to catching the alien-like creatures indoors. The app hides the Pokémon inside local restaurants, on city streets and even inside bathrooms — sometimes in other people’s homes — allowing players to explore the world around them and meet new people as they pursue the 250 hidden creatures.

“It’s been a dream for this to be a reality,” said Logan Miller, a 25-year-old Columbus resident and avid Pokémon Go player.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5712.