Sentosa is set to receive regional attention from fans of popular Japanese animated series One Piece, as it welcomes an exhibition and an augmented reality (AR) island escape game.
Developed by Japanese escape game specialist Scrap, the One Piece Puzzle Hunt uses mobile phone AR technology to guide participants through riddles hidden around the island at iconic landmarks, such as Merlion Walk and Palawan Beach.
Participants begin at Beach Station and the game takes them by foot and monorail around the area. Guests who are unable to download the AR app can also enjoy the game with physical game boards at each checkpoint.
“Sentosa and Singapore are ideally located to attract visitors from around the region. We hope that the popularity of One Piece by artist Eiichiro Oda will draw not only Singaporeans, but also fans from across the region like Malaysia and Thailand,” said Fuyuto Takeda, editorial board member of One Piece publisher Shueisha and One Piece Puzzle Hunt developer.
He also told TTG Asia that more events will “move in the direction of AR technology”, and that if solutions can be proposed for challenges such as the drain on phone battery, the technology will take off even faster.
One Piece Puzzle Hunt, available from Dec 14 to February 13, 2019, is accompanied by the Eiichiro Oda presents Hello, One Piece Luffy exhibition at the Maritime Experiential Museum, running from now to January 1, 2019.
The exhibition features Oda’s illustrations, a replica of his work desk and a virtual reality experience.