Pokemon fever adds to N-Day colours

A group of boys on a Pokemon Go quest at East Coast Park. Activities were held at various venues in conjunction with the game. Gaming firm Razer sponsored Singapore's first PokeCrawl along Orchard Road yesterday, which began at Ion Orchard and ended
A group of boys on a Pokemon Go quest at East Coast Park. Activities were held at various venues in conjunction with the game. Gaming firm Razer sponsored Singapore's first PokeCrawl along Orchard Road yesterday, which began at Ion Orchard and ended at Cineleisure Orchard, with prizes and lures along the route.PHOTO: SHIN MIN

Singapore is usually a sea of red and white on National Day. However, this year - in some areas at least - it was red, blue and yellow.

These are the colours of Team Valor, Mystic and Instinct, the three teams in the current Pokemon Go craze.

Activities were held at various venues in conjunction with the augmented reality game, to attract players who wanted to celebrate the public holiday by collecting virtual monsters.

Gaming firm Razer sponsored Singapore's first PokeCrawl along Orchard Road yesterday afternoon.

It began at Ion Orchard and ended at Cineleisure Orchard, with the company offering prizes and dropping lures along the route.

Razer's global community manager, Mr Goh Hung Wei, said the event was to connect Pokemon Go players.

"That's what it was missing," he said. "Players were just going out and catching Pokemon on their own. We are now bringing players together to have a great time together."

Rare Pokemon sightings were reported at the Sports Hub. The National Stadium, where the National Day Parade was held, was also a designated Pokemon Gym.

From yesterday until Sunday, Resorts World Sentosa will release lures at various times in the day, together with admission discounts for its main attractions - Universal Studios Singapore and the SEA Aquarium.

Lures draw Pokemon to a particular location and, in turn, attract players searching for those creatures.

Shopping malls also got in on the action, with Ion Orchard saying it would release "hundreds of lures" at the mall until Aug 21, while City Square Mall released lures at six locations from 1pm to 3.30pm yesterday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2016, with the headline 'Pokemon fever adds to N-Day colours'. Print Edition | Subscribe