Demo for Pokemon Sun and Moon game debuts
If Pokemon Go got you out on the streets, two new games from the Pokemon company make "catching 'em all" with your pals possible.
Pokemon GO took the world by storm in July, but one criticism of the game was not being able to trade and battle with friends outside the Gyms.
Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, which come out November 18 for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS, will let you keep a track of your friends and engage with them in game.
You'll also look more like you too, with player characters more customisable - and in-game hairdresser and clothing stores on hand in case you need a spruce up after a difficult battle.
There's still a 'mon hunting feature, but you'll also be thwarting 'mon-stealing villains "Team Skull", and collecting photos of the Pokemon before they battle.
Another new feature is "Totem Pokemon", stronger characters that can call on an ally to fight with them.
Players also get their first taste of "Z-moves", special attacks activated by corresponding "Z-crystals" that pop up during play.
In terms of look, the graphics are a huge step up from predecessors, with smoother movements and more realistic detail and depth.
The musical score is far more varied than the monotonous tunes of past games, with Team Skulls' theme music echoing raw, garage band sounds.
The demo will promote special deals and extra features as the game release date nears - many of which can be transferred to the full game when purchased.
Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon may not encourage getting "out and about" as Pokemon GO did, but it does have the advantage of digitally laying waste to your friends and loved ones. Bonus!
The free demo for Pokemon Sun and Moon released October 18, with the full game available for purchase November 18.