With no real fanfare, the Pokemon Company released Pokemon Magikarp Jump last night for iOS and Android. The mobile title has you training your Magikarp to maximize his flop-jumping power. Apparently in the Pokemon universe, there's even a championship for this sad display of ability from Magikarp.
Magikarp Jump has a generational mechanic, where the stats of one Magikarp will boost the next in line. An endless train of Magikarp corpses trail behind you in your quest.
"During your training, if Magikarp gets knocked out, or retires upon reaching Lv. 20, you'll start over with a new generation of Magikarp. But not all progress is lost-your new Pokémon will start off a little bit stronger than your last. Keep training every Magikarp until you can make it to the top of the in-game tournament ladder!" says the official announcement.
You and your Magikarp can encounter other Pokemon in the game. These Pokemon will offer you help, like new food to boost your Magikarp's power. When you achieve something, like winning in a jumping tournament, you can snap a picture with your Magikarp and share it with your friends. In the Pokemon universe, they would chuckle and reply with a picture of their awesome Charizard, but this is the real world, so no one has other Pokemon. In the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed-Pokemon is king. Koiking.
Magikarp Jump is free mobile app, so it features in-app purchases, allowing players to speed up training, buy food, or catch better Magikarp. You can also pick up new decor to customize your Magikarp's home.
Magikarp Jump is available today on Android and iOS in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and traditional Chinese.