Played Cupid!

Laura’s so ’appy she found love...

Pick Me Up! Special - - Real Life Hairy - Laura Clar, 24, Manch­ester

Ob­sessed with check­ing my mo­bile phone, I strolled to the lo­cal park. It was a month since my friends had first in­tro­duced me to Poke­mon Go… and I was hooked!

I re­mem­bered play­ing the game the first time around, when I was 10, on a Game­boy.

We’d walk around an an­i­mated zone, look­ing for an­i­mal, di­nosaur and dragon-type char­ac­ters.

Pikachu, Bul­basaur, Char­man­der…

But the new, in­ter­ac­tive ver­sion was to­tally ad­dic­tive.

You could be down the pub, at the su­per­mar­ket, or even in the bath and sud­denly, Squir­tle the tur­tle could ap­pear on your screen.

‘Gotta catch them all!’ was the game’s motto. And I was ready to!

Meet­ing my mates in Re­gent’s Park, in Lon­don, there was a buzz of ex­cite­ment.

‘It’s over there,’ I heard strangers whis­per­ing and point­ing. ‘Got it!’

They were all hooked on the game, too!

Rac­ing around, half an hour later we were ready to go home.

Be­fore leav­ing, I checked an­other app on my phone – Happn, a dat­ing app, which matches peo­ple who have crossed paths.

I’d had a few matches, been on the odd date…

Now I spot­ted one – Dale Jones, 25.

We’d crossed paths in the park. Cute, I mes­saged him.

Were you in the park ear­lier, play­ing Poke­mon? I typed. Yes, were you? he wrote back. Soon we were chat­ting. ‘Fancy meet­ing up?’ I asked. ‘This could make a good story!’

So, we met for brunch the fol­low­ing day – talk­ing about ev­ery­thing from mu­sic to, of course, Poke­mon! Ever since, life’s been bliss. That day I’d planned to bag a Wa­ter Lizard.

In­stead, thanks to the game, I bagged a boyfriend!

So, as the win­ter nights draw in, I have more than just my Poke­mon game to keep me en­ter­tained.

And I couldn’t be app-ier!

My fella, Phil Pid­geon, 24, asked me out while I worked part-time at a lo­cal bar. Both film fans, we watched In­cep­tion at the cinema for our first date in Septem­ber 2010.

From then an item, we moved in to­gether in 2014, and soon

The game bagged me a bloke

Heõs my best catch!

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