SINGAPORE - Try out interactive quizzes and games in this year's National Day Parade (NDP) app and you could win tickets to the show.
The app NDP Jalan! takes users through various locations in Singapore, such as the Civic District and the Botanic Gardens, to complete quests on the country's history and heritage, some of which involve augmented reality (AR).
Set to launch on Friday (June 29), it was jointly developed by the NDP 2018 Organising Committee and interactive technology company Sky Optimum Technology. Partners include the National Arts Council, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, as well as museums and performance spaces.
Lieutenant-Colonel Mikail Kalimuddin, the committee's deputy chairman of branding and publicity, said that this year's app is a departure from previous ones, which were aimed at providing information.
"The app encourages Singaporeans to rediscover parts of Singapore and interact with what they see around them," he added. "Mini-games utilising AR technology add a new dimension of excitement to the experience."
There are three themes - Arts and Culture, Nature and NDP - with 20 quests each for the first two themes.
With every five quests completed, players can redeem discount vouchers from sponsors, which include food and beverage outlets.
Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) who complete 20 quests can enter into a ballot for tickets to the actual show.
Players will need tickets - which are free for Singaporeans and PRs - to enter museums and galleries, where some of the quests are located.
Primary 5 pupils attending the National Education show are not left out either - the A-OK newsletter they receive also has AR features showing the military tattoo and the different State and Regimental Colours.
The app will be available for download from the App Store and Google Play Store until Aug 9, 2018. After that, users can still redeem the vouchers they won, but they will no longer be able to play the quizzes and games.