What are the benefits of catching, let's say, a Pikachu in the virtual wilderness?
Is your Pokedex being one step closer to completion? A bolstered roster of virtual beasts that you can pit against other virtual beasts in some sort of perverse Fight Club ("If this is your first time at Fight Club, you have to fight.")? An injection of an enormous sense of well-being?
That's great and all, but wouldn't you wanna be financially compensated for the effort?
This CNY, your friendly neighbourhood banking entity, DBS/POSB, is returning with its Pokémon Go clone that lets you hunt for Chinese zodiac animals instead of Japanese pocket monsters. But with SGD150,000 up for grabs. Similar to the mechanics of Pokémon Go, players need to venture outdoors to find a Gate of Fortune (34,000 of them scattered island-wide), where they are given a chance to capture a zodiac animal (with some electric prod-looking device).
Once you've nabbed said zodiac creature, you may receive an 'angbao' that's worth SGD1.08 to SGD88. You can also earn cash money by obtaining certain sets of zodiac animals specified by stated challenges (example: get 12 fire animals or get a certain amount of animals in the East of Singapore); combination angbaos are worth between SGD1.88 to SGD188.
But players should aim for the Golden Angbao, which is to capture all 60 zodiac animals (that's right, there are the elemental zodiac animals as well—earth, fire, air, water, uh,
heart?, wood and metal). There is a catch though: captured animals will disappear after a few hours so you'll have to prolong their stay with Extension Oranges, one of three power-ups you can get from making PayLah! transactions to merchants (no minimum value).
To find out more, players can head here to start playing #HuntYourZodiac. The interactive virtual mobile game will run from 10 to 14 February.