Catholic Pokemon Go Clone Lets You Collect Saints, Stops Short of Letting You Stuff Them in Balls

Catholic Pokemon Go Clone Lets You Collect Saints, Stops Short of Letting You Stuff Them in Balls

ST JUDE used HYPER BEAM! It was a lost cause!

Some people say God is all around us. Follow JC Go, a new Saint-nabbing game inspired by Pokémon Go, makes a good case for that theological argument.

Follow JC Go is designed by a Catholic evangelical group (via Eurogamer) and has received Pope Francis' blessing. I hope the blessing involved dribbling holy water on the source code while reciting the Pokémon Rap in Latin. Pokemon, debet capere omnes.

According to BBC, "The game is ... made in preparation for World Youth Day 2019, a Catholic youth event taking place in Panama in January."

Could Jesus make a Starbucks pastry so stale, even he couldn't digest it?

You can't lob PokéBalls at the Saints or entice them with berries (or even Communion wafers). Instead, if you meet one of God's Anointed while walking to Subway, they'll join your "evangelisation team" if you can answer Bible questions.

So, playing Follow JC Go is like trying to escape the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, but with fewer giant spider encounters. I doubt you can bypass any of the Saints' questions with a well-placed rock throw, either. The app lets you donate money to charitable causes, though.

Incidentally, all the Saints look like Miis. Maybe that's why Nintendo slowly let go of their customizable mascots; they found religion and gradually filed into the concrete wilderness. You can download Follow JC Go on Google Play and the App Store, though it's not available in English. Or you can just stick to Pokémon Go, because we have a ton of guides and information about that game. I don't think the USgamer team can spare the manpower necessary to advise you on the best method of befriending St Francis, though I suggest gifting him some cute, fuzzy animals.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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