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New Pokémon game Magikarp Jump flops onto smart devices today.

The Pokémon Company has released a brand new mobile Pokémon game called Magikarp Jump. It’s as simple a game as you can imagine, which takes the most lowly of all Pokémon, and tasks players with training it to jump as high as possible.

Getting your Magikarp to fly takes a little work, and requires the use of a punch-bag training game – cribbed straight from the mainline Pokémon games – plus some careful nurturing to keep your collection of Magikarp fed and nourished.

The game is free to download, but has a range of in-app purchases that can be used to speed up training, replenish food stock, or purchase furnishings with which you can customise your Magikarp’s habitat. Progress in jumping tournaments can also be recorded in commemorative photos, and shared online. Just think how envious people will be when they see your achievements.

We’re not sure this will be quite as popular as Pokémon Go, but it looks like a pretty fun mobile diversion, we have to admit. And we certainly appreciate Magikarp getting the chance to shine in its own title.

You can download the game from today via Apple App Store and Google Play store.

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