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Camp Pokémon brings Pikachu and crew to iOS for another free-to-play game

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The Pokémon Company released a new spin-off game in the monster collecting series for iOS today, titled Camp Pokémon. The new free app features a collection of Pokémon-themed activities, including a photo booth, a Poké Ball tossing mini-game, trivia games and more.

Here's the full list on in-app activities, courtesy of The Pokémon Company:

  • Find the Pokémon: Use a spyglass to search for virtual Pokémon and earn their Pins. Earn Rewards to unlock new levels and search for other Pokémon in different environments.
  • Poké Ball Throw: Launch Poké Balls at cardboard cutouts of Pokémon hiding in the grass and knock them down. Earn Rewards to unlock the Rock and Water environments.
  • Pokémon Evolutions: Test your knowledge of Pokémon Evolutions by choosing the correct Pokémon missing from the Evolution chain.
  • Battle Matchups: Practice type matchups, an important skill in Pokémon battles, by choosing which type is strong against the given Pokémon.
  • Pokémon in Focus: Choose the Pokémon that matches the shadow projected on the tent.
  • My Cabin: In this home base, campers can find their Pin Book, Photo Book, and Bulletin Board.
  • Photo Booth: Create camp memories by taking photos with the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch camera, adding stickers to the images, and saving the pictures to the app's Photo Book or the Camera Roll on the camper's device.
  • Mystery Cave: What could be hiding in the Mystery Cave? To find out, campers will need to earn the right to enter!

Camp Pokémon is the second Pokémon-themed app to hit Apple's App Store in the past month. The Pokémon Company released the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online for iPad in September. Pokémon TV, an app that lets users watch the franchise's animated adventures, was released last year.

While The Pokémon Company seems more than happy to bring lighter, smaller Pokémon experiences to non-Nintendo platforms like PC and iOS, don't expect a full Pokémon game on your iPhone or iPad anytime soon. Pokémon developer Game Freak recently said that it would only bring a remake or sequel to iOS if it solved a problem that a platform like the Nintendo 3DS couldn't.

Check out the trailer for Camp Pokémon below. For everything else Pokémon, check out our hub.