SINGAPORE - As the Pokemon Go craze slowly dies down, fans who are getting bored of the mobile game will have new Pokemon challenges to overcome in the next few months.
The Pokemon Research Exhibition, which started in Japan last year, opens on Saturday (Oct 22) at the S.E.A Aquarium in Resorts World Sentosa. It is the first instalment outside of Japan and will run until Jan 2 next year.
Tickets are $35 for adults and includes entry into the aquarium.
The participant's mission is to figure out the Pokemon character inside the Pokeball (used in Pokemon games to catch critters) that they pick at the entrance of the exhibition.
But this is not just a game for Pokemon masters. As clues, reference guides and images of Pokemon characters will be provided inside the venue, visitors who are not familiar with Pokemon can also play.
There are three types of Pokeballs, each representing a different difficulty level, to pick from: a regular ball (easy), a Great Ball (medium), and an Ultra Ball (hard).
After choosing your ball, head to one of eight different machines that are designed to reveal each Pokemon critter's distinctive traits, such as its silhouette, footprint and cry. You can use up to four machines for help.
Some machines are more interactive than others. The outline shooter, for example, requires you to run on the spot. The more you run in a given time frame, the more of the character's outline is revealed. At another machine, the silhouette shooter, you have to turn a dial and snap an image of the character's silhouette within a given time frame.
With the clues generated by the machines, you then guess the character inside your Pokeball.
Those who choose the regular or Great balls can refer to an activity leaflet that shows the names and images of possible characters contained in the balls. For those who pick the Ultra Ball, their corresponding leaflet has fewer details.
They can, however, refer to a giant Pokedex wall, an index of more than 700 of the characters with their names and images, to help them in the identification process.
The Japanese version of the event has drawn "hundreds of thousands" of visitors, says a RWS spokesman.
Undergraduate Jacqueline Tan, 19, an avid player of Pokemon Go , says she is excited about the exhibition.
"I look forward to trying out the hardest level, to see if I can correctly guess the Pokemon character."
Pokemon Research Exhibition
WHERE: Exit gallery of S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway
WHEN: Saturday (Oct 22, 2016) till Jan 2, 2017, 10am to 7pm daily
ADMISSION: Online ticket bundles are at $35 for an adult and $23 for children and senior citizens. The ticket price is inclusive of admission to S.E.A. Aquarium. Book at www.rwsentosa.com/pokemon