Pokemon Go three years on, still going strong

Madam Connie Po, a 70-year-old grandmother of three, regularly walks around her Tiong Bahru home estate to catch Pokemon.
Madam Connie Po, a 70-year-old grandmother of three, regularly walks around her Tiong Bahru home estate to catch Pokemon.ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN
This week marks the third anniversary of Pokemon Go's debut here. The hordes have since subsided, but the game is still being played by Singaporeans in great numbers.

Last Saturday (Aug 3), shoppers at Vivo City must have been surprised by a sudden surge in human traffic late afternoon. Many can be seen walking around, eyes on their phone and fingers swiping on their phone's screen. They are fans of the mobile game Pokemon Go, there to attend a monthly game event called community day.

The augmented reality (AR) game with a simple but charming gameplay - throw a virtual ball to catch virtual monsters that can only reached by walking to physical locations - took Singapore by storm when it arrived here three years ago, in August 2016, following its worldwide debut in the United States, Australia and New Zealand a month earlier.

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