Korean startup clones Pokemon Go – but for little kids

Pororo Go will be launched next month

Steven Millward July 19, 2016
A baby looks at the cartoon character Pororo at a book store in Seoul May 16, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

If Pokemon Go hasn’t gotten us all killed by then, we’ll soon see a clone of the smash-hit Nintendo game from a Korean startup. It’ll feature a cartoony penguin character called Pororo that’s pretty popular in the country – this is him:


The augmented reality (AR) game, Pororo Go, will be launched next month, the startup said this week. Pokemon Go is not yet available in South Korea – or in any Asian nation.

This site will tell you when Pokémon Go is about to crash

“While Pokemon Go is an AR game aimed at entertaining adults, Pororo Go will become an educational AR game meant for children,” said Park Soo-wang, CEO of SocialNetwork, reports the Korea Herald.

“As the game is meant for children under elementary school age, we will stay mindful of the potential concerns and side effects that may emerge from the game,” he added.

Mind your Pokemanners

Pokemon Go has raised safety and privacy concerns. Some players have failed to look where they’re going or trespassed on private property as they hot-footed in pursuit of Pokeman characters. Two men playing the game last week had to be rescued after falling off a 90-foot cliff in California, says local media.

A Guide to Playing Pokémon GO

The Korean gaming company has already licensed the Pororo character, which first appeared on Korean TV in 2003, and used it in its Sketchpop app, which is free on iOS and Android.

After the success of Pokemon Go, which has doubled Nintendo’s market value since its launch earlier this month, many more companies are likely to produce games and apps that feature AR.

This article originally appeared in Tech In Asia.


Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ

Most Read