A new clone of the wildly popular game Pokemon Go has blended technology with evangelization, allowing players to collect Catholic saints and more!
Called “Follow JC Go!,” the recently released app allows players to roam around town, but instead of finding Pikachu and other Pokemon, they will be able to find Catholic saints, seek Marian devotions, and discover other biblical figures. The app aims to teach youth about the Faith and how to live the works of mercy.
The Florida-based Catholic evangelical group Fundación Ramón Pané spent half a million dollars and over two years developing the game for a total of 32,000 man hours. All of their hard earned a papal blessing: Pope Francis was introduced to the game and was a fan of their mission.
“You know, [Pope] Francis is not a very technological person, but he was in awe, he understood the idea, what we were trying to do: combine technology with evangelization.” – Ricardo Grzona, executive director of FRP
Instead of featuring traditional gameplay like combat or gyms, Follow JC Go! requires players to contemplate and answer philosophical questions poised by saints and biblical names they come across in their adventure.
Players will also have to collect items for virtual survival: water, food, and prayer. The game will let you know when you’re near a church to recommend you visit to pray.
“Everything today, language and relations, among young people, go through smartphones.We wanted to be there and propose to them an educational video game, that is religious and interactive, and with which they can form evangelization team”
Collect JC Go! is available but only in Spanish for free on Android and IOS, with English and other languages coming soon.