No doubt the popularity of Pokemon Go is dying. We may no longer go for long walks every evening to hunt for Pokemon and hatch some eggs, but the game was only the beginning of the boys’ love for Pokemon.
Since the game started, the boys have been watching Pokemon shows at every opportunity they have (like when the TV in the Kids Club at Somerset Medini Nusajaya was playing Pokemon – I remember because I caught a photo of it) and they now know FAR more about Pokemon than me. (They even knew Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise could be further evolved in what they call ‘Mega Evole’. I didn’t even know that. I gave up on the game after I failed to catch a Charizard and decided that must have been the most powerful form of a Charmander ever.)
This week, we were invited to a preview of Pokemon Research Exbihition, which would be held at S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, from 22 Oct 2016 to 2 Jan 2017. Can you imagine the boys’ excitement when they found out? They were so excited… Or rather WE were so excited that we totally forgot the preview was on the same day as their school’s class photo-taking. So we were happily in Sentosa when the school called and asked what time the boys were reaching school because photo-taking was about to begin and I was like, “Oops, I forgot about the photo-taking. Sorry, Pokemon is more important.” Okay, those weren’t my exact words, but you can see how my priorities are all wrong.
So anyway… Here I am to tell you what this Pokemon Research Exhibition is all about! Or maybe, I should just let Doctor J. tell you what it’s all about.
In a nutshell, when you are there, you will pick up ONE Pokeball (or Great ball or Ultra ball). Yes, ONE. Inside, there is a Pokemon – and your aim is to guess which Pokemon it is! Your choice of Pokeball or Great ball or Ultra ball determines the difficulty level. My advice to you is to take the Pokeball. It was a lot more difficult than I expected.
You will be given an ‘Observation Notebook’ corresponding to the ball you picked to help you.
There are 8 stations you can go to with your Pokeball that will give you hints on what you Pokemon is. However, you can only choose 4. So WATCH THAT KID! When I was there, MY picked up a ball, ran into the exhibit while I was still slowly taking photos and videos (because you know, that’s what I was invited there to do). By the time I caught up with him, the machine was saying, “You have already completed 4 observations” and I was like, “WHAT DID YOU DO?” and he was like, *shrug*, don’t know. And that was it. GONE. Can you imagine if I paid for it? I would be like NooOOOoooo….
And mind you, you only get one ball and one try at each of the 4 stations you choose. There’s no repeating or trying again. If you want to do it again, you need to pay for another ball (which cost $5 each).
So yeah! Watch that kid and don’t let him or her run off with your ball and stick them into all the machines before they even know what’s happening!
To help you out a little so that you don’t end up wasting money, here’s a run-through of the 8 stations:
Station 1: Footprint Collector
At this station, you need to play a game by pressing the yellow / red button when the moving light reaches the respective colour dot on the screen. Timing is crucial and the better your timing, the clearer the footprint will be.
If you’re so ‘lucky’ to get the above message, it means your Pokemon has no footprints. I’m guessing something like… a Gyrados? Or Magnemite?
Station 2: Silhouette Shooter
In this station, you will see a silhouette of your Pokemon. However, it is not so straightforward. You need to turn the knob on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen to bring the silhouette into focus. And you are given a limited time to do so. The boys had some difficulty with it – so do hang around to assist your kids before the time is up!
Station 3: Outline Shooter
In this station, you will get to observe your Pokemon’s outline. However to do so, you need to step on the two metal plates as quickly as possible to generate power for the strobe light. There is a meter on the screen which will move higher and higher as you step on the metal plate. In the given time, step as fast as you can to push the meter up. The higher it goes, the clearer you’ll be able to see the outline.
Step 4: Facial Enlarger
In this section, you will have to move a magnifying glass around the screen to enlarge your Pokemon’s face. It may sound easy, but it takes a while to locate the correct area on the screen where you Pokemon’s key features are. And you only have a limited time to do so.
Step 5: Height Gauge
This station is pretty straightforward. It will tell you the height of your Pokemon. No task required.
Station 6: Weight Gauge
Just like the height gauge, this station will tell you your Pokemon’s weight.
Station 7: Appearance Analysis
This station will give you a description of your Pokemon’s appearance. There are four traits to choose from, and you can only choose 2 to reveal.
Station 8: Cry Gauge
This station will play the sound that your Pokemon makes. Unless you watch a lot of Pokemon cartoons and are very familiar with the sound that each Pokemon makes, it wouldn’t be very useful. But if you strike bingo like me and get a Pikachu, that ‘PIKA’ sound would be a real give away. (That was also the ONLY time I guessed my Pokemon correctly.)
After you completed 4 stations of your choice, head to the Answer Checker machine to check which Pokemon is inside your ball. You don’t have to do anything – once you place your ball in the machine, they will reveal the Pokemon inside. I found this was a bit anti-climatic??? I thought I would at least get to choose which Pokemon I THINK was inside the ball and then the machine will be like, “Congratulations, you got it right!” or “Boo, you got it wrong. It is not a Pikachu, it’s actually Wartortle.” Oh well.
Other than playing the above game, there were some exhibits around for visitors to take photos with.
And you will also find a Pokedex Wall – which I didn’t get what was so amazing about having one but gosh, it kept the boys occupied longer than the game did. They were looking at the Pokedex Wall for at least half an hour and refused to move when I told them to go. They went on and on and on about which Pokemon would evolve into which Pokemon and scrutinizing the wall, naming all the Pokemons.
And of course, you wouldn’t want to miss a photo opportunity with Pikachu! Pikachu would be out for photography sessions at the following timing:
- 11.30am inside Pokemon Research Exhibition
- 2.30pm at S.E.A. Aquarium B1 Entrance Atrium
- 5.30pm inside Pokemon Research Exhibition
Note that you CANNOT purchase admission to the Pokemon Research Exhibition without a S.E.A. Aquarium admission. i.e. if you are not a S.E.A. Aquarium member, you would need to purchase the combined ticket for both the aquarium and Pokemon Research Exhibition.
Price for the combined ticket is S$35 for adult / S$23 for child / S$23 for senior under the Online Exclusive Promotion.
For each admission, you will only be given ONE ball and ONE try at four of the observation stations. If you would like to get another ball to play again, you will need to pay S$5 for each ball.
Admission is free for children below 4 years of age.
Information on Pokemon Research Exhibition Singapore:
Date: 22 Oct 2016 – 2 Jan 2017
Time: 10am to 7pm daily
Venue: S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
- Take North-East line or Circle line to HarbourFront station.
- Take Exit E to VivoCity and proceed to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express. Alight 1 stop later at Waterfront station.
Tel: +65 6577 8888
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