Pikachu, is that you? Chinese company copies Pokemon Go to horrifying results

Due to strict rules and regulations in China, it is unlikely that Niantic will ever release Pokemon Go there.

But not to worry -- Chinese fans can make do with a knock-off version that is available in the region.

However, it probably isn't any much consolation, judging from these screenshots of the 'improvised' game that have been circulating online.

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For one thing, all the Pokemon look very sick, malnourished and shrivelled up.

This app also teaches you how to make 'good and excellent throws to catch rare Pokemon'.

Yup, very rare indeed.