POKÉMON GO seems to be doing to the world exactly what our 12-year-old selves would have expected if pocket monsters had suddenly become a thing and deposited themselves randomly around our towns and cities.
Mirroring the worlds that Nintendo has built inside handheld consoles for years, the augmented reality approach of Pokémon Go is bringing strangers together to hunt and catch the creatures, as well as prompting Team Rocket-style villainy in the form of luring players into armed robberies with promises of catching opportunities.
None of this good stuff has hit the UK yet, though, and Nintendo has refused to give a date when the UK, and the rest of Europe, will get the game.
But it's actually simple to get involved in the UK right now, no matter whether you use iOS or Android (obviously, there's no planned Windows Phone or BlackBerry versions as yet). Here's how:
The best way to get Pokémon Go on Android is to simply download an APK file (presumably the same file that Nintendo will place on the Play store at launch) but from a third-party source. This is as simple as typing 'Pokémon Go APK' into Google and following any number of links.
Before we get into this, let's just make it clear that The INQUIRER doesn't recommend doing this. Security firm Proofpoint has already revealed that hackers are targeting Pokémon Go users with malware called Droidjack that will hijack an Android device if it gets the opportunity
There are two things to do before this can install. The first is to go into Android's Settings > Security menu and flick the switch marked 'Unknown sources' to let the APK install.
The second is have your phone equipped with a virus/malware checker (we used AVG) to scan the APK the second you've downloaded it. You'll then have a better idea whether you're good to go when it wants to install.
APK installed, the Pokémon Go app will appear in your apps menu, and you're good to go. Just bear in mind that the game will, we assume, connect to servers outside the UK and will be quite slow at times, as well as rather unpredictable.
In case you were worried about having to start your Pokémon adventure all over again when the UK app launches, we're pretty sure that the data should carry over if you chose to reinstall when the time came because you logged-in to the game through your Gmail account anyway.
Short of jailbreaking, which is never hugely advisable with an Apple device owing to warranty concerns and bricking risks, the best way to get Pokémon Go in the UK on an iPhone is to open an iTunes account in a country where the game has already launched. So, the US, Australia or New Zealand are good bets.
It really is as simple as that. Again, as you'll be logging into the app using your personal email address, we're fairly confident that you should be able to grab the UK app on UK launch day and carry on where you left off, catches, levels and badges all intact.
So off you go. You too could be catching Jynxes outside London cinemas today. µ
But it's not yet available here in Blighty
We're not sure this is what The Maybot had in mind
Typical politicians - meme, meme, me
But it keeps the juicy details firmly under wraps