If your love for Pokemon goes beyond Pokemon Go, here's an alternative mobile Pokemon game to look out for the next time you're stuck at Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport for a few hours: Pokemon Explorer.
Pokemon Explorer is a themed app that promises to let aspiring trainers play with pocket monsters in the real world. It's a Singapore-exclusive game, developed by Jewel Changi Airport and The Pokémon Company, was launched on Wednesday (July 10), Jewel said in a statement.
What to expect
So here's how the game works. At the beginning of the game, players will get to pick one of 25 partner Pokémon that will help play the game alongside them. This Pokemon cannot be changed once the game starts and the partner Pokémon will be displayed alongside the player’s chosen name.
The Pokemon Explorer app offers 10 missions in the form of mini-games, some of which involve players using their mouths, voices or movements to play. The games will automatically activate once the player is close enough to the play zones. There are also two levels of difficulty – the first time you play them, they’ll be on basic mode, and the second time onwards, they’ll be on an advanced mode.
The games revealed so far include:
- Pokémon River Catch (catch Magikarp with a net from the rain vortex on Level 1)
- Pokémon Sky Harvest (Use mouth movements to collect berries in Cloud9 Piazza)
- Pokémon Berry Jungle (Collect berries from Canopy Park’s Foggy Bowls attraction)
- Pokémon Smile Park (Take a selfie in front of the Shiseido Forest Valley)
- Pokémon Speeding Slides (collecting berries at the Discovery Slides in Canopy Park)
When you complete your missions, you'll actually get a prize from the Pokemon Center Singapore, though what the prize is has yet to be disclosed. And if you're one of the top scorers, your name will be displayed in a “Hall of Fame” at the Center as well. But in order to save their scores, players must log in to their Changi Rewards account.
It's not always sunny
Other than the obvious of needing to be at Jewel Changi airport to play, the game is also time restricted, only available from 10am to 12am daily. In order to play the game, you’ll have to turn on your phone’s Bluetooth, and allow the app to access the camera and microphone.
According to the Pokemon Explorer website, the game might drain your phone battery substantially if you play for a long time – so bring a power bank along, or rent one (for free) for 12 hours from the concierge counter at Level 2.
Another major restriction is that some of these games are located within Jewel’s Canopy Park, which costs S$4.50 (~ MYR 13) for local residents to enter and S$5 (~ MYR 15) for tourists. I suppose it's a clever way to get people to explore the Changi airport more, but we have no idea if getting that prize is worth spending that amount yet.
Anyways, there's also reports that you may get stuck on the loading screen. Players who are stuck on a game loading screen are advised to quit the game and try again, the site said. As for those who are content to wait a bit, here’s a hint: tap on Pikachu and watch him move!
You can find out more about the game on the official Pokemon Explorer website.