After the fervor that last summer's hit mobile game, Pokemon Go, brought about, Niantic and Nintendo are back at it with a new, decidedly simple mobile game for the coming season: 'Magikarp Jump.' Fans of the minigames from 'Pokemon Stadium' for N64 will recognize the basic concept, which involves tapping the screen with precise timing to get one's magikarp to jump as high as possible.
Magikarp has always been an eminently relatable character. Laughed at by its peers, spurned by collectors, and generally hapless, the fishy monster evolves to become one of the most powerful characters in the franchise. Magikarp is a lesson in perseverance and the power of the commoner. Magikarp Jump seizes on the cult of the character, offering up gameplay that centers around the goofy, typically ignored anime character.