Review: Pokemon Research Exhibition at Resorts World Sentosa

By Hannah   — October 20, 2016
  • Held outside of Japan for the first time
    1 / 9 Held outside of Japan for the first time

    The Pokemon Research Exhibition, which started in Japan last year, has made its way to the S.E.A. Aquarium in Resorts World Sentosa. It will run until Jan 2, 2017

    First things first: we’d say this is not for the hardcore Pokemon trainers, but for kids aged 12 and below.

    Here’s why, and how to enjoy the interactive exhibition with your child.

    (Click on arrows in photos to find out more)


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  • Machine 1: Footprint Collector
    2 / 9 Machine 1: Footprint Collector

    Each Pokeball has a RFID tag to identify the Pokemon character.

    When you set your ball onto the Footprint Collector machine, for example, it reveals how many toes or claws there are on this Pokemon.



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  • Machine 2: Silhouette Shooter
    3 / 9 Machine 2: Silhouette Shooter

    Here, you turn a dial and snap an image of the Pokemon’s silhouette within a given time frame. 


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  • Machine 3: Outline Shooter
    4 / 9 Machine 3: Outline Shooter

    This is probably the most fun and interactive station. You have to run on the board or stomp your feet within a given timing to see an outline of the Pokemon.


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  • Machine 4: Facial Enlarger
    5 / 9 Machine 4: Facial Enlarger

    Get a close-up of a selected part of its face. This is one of the eight observation machines that can help you identify the Pokemon in your Pokeball.

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  • Answer Checker
    6 / 9 Answer Checker

    After using any four observation machines, you place the Pokeball here to confirm your guess.

    And really, that’s about it. There are no prizes for guessing the correct Pokemon and you have to return the Pokeball after you’re done. 

    How should you handle your disappointed child, whose eyes are now probably brimming with tears? 



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  • Have a ball
    7 / 9 Have a ball

    A Pokeball counter greets you when you enter the exhibition. There are three types of Pokeballs, each representing a different difficulty level: a regular ball (easy), a Great Ball (medium), and an Ultra Ball (hard).

    You are entitled to one Pokeball, and subsequent ones go for $5 each. You’ll also get a corresponding pamphlet to write down the clues.

    With each ball, your mission is to find out which Pokemon character is inside your Pokeball through “scientific” processes like observation, investigation and data collection. (Don’t forget that this is a Research Exhibition.)

    These can be done at eight different observation machines  but here’s the catch: you can only use up to four machines for each Pokeball, so it’s best that you walk through the exhibition with your kid before she decides on the activities.



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  • Meet the lovable Pikachu
    8 / 9 Meet the lovable Pikachu

    Well, try to distract your kid by showing her a giant Pokedex wall, an index of more than 700 of the characters with their names and images. 

    You should also time your visit with Pikachu’s appearance at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

    Surprisingly, there is no Pokemon merchandise store where you can buy a cute plush toy, T-shirt or Pokeball. We would love to get the adorable Pikachu cap worn by the staff members!



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  • Enjoy savings with online ticket bundles
    9 / 9 Enjoy savings with online ticket bundles

    Done with the Pokemon Research Exhibition? You can now take your child into the S.E.A. Aquarium. 

    All tickets to the exhibition are bundled with admission to S.E.A. Aquarium. Enjoy savings with online ticket bundles at $35 (usual price: $42 for adult) and $23 (usual price: $32 for child/senior) inclusive of admission to the S.E.A. Aquarium. 

    To find out more, visit

    Catch a sneak peek of the exhibition.

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