This Video Game Lets You Visit Sentosa Virtually

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has an in-game version of the island where players can enjoy a brief but much-needed break from their stay-at-home routines.

A playful representation of the Sentosa Roundabout. (Source: Sentosa Development Corporation)

Can’t wait for Sentosa’s physical reopening? There’s a way to vicariously experience the Singaporean resort island through Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the hit Nintendo Switch video game that was released in March. A collaborative effort between the Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) and creative agency BBH Singapore, Sentosa Crossing offers a virtual staycation for residents cooped up due to the Lion City’s circuit breaker measures, and a temporary escape for global travelers in various states of lockdown.

Designers spent days recreating (as far as the game would allow) some of the real-life island’s notable locations, including the Sentosa roundabout with its colorful flower beds; Sentosa Cove’s cheery Greek restaurant, Mykonos on the Bay; and hotels like the Capella Singapore. On the virtual tour, gamers can join a yoga session by the beach, treat themselves to a facial at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa’s So spa, take a selfie on the Skyline Luge (the sleds are painted on the ground), walk along a nature trail, or unwind at the in-game version of Ola Beach Club.

Taking selfies on the recreated Skyline Luge. (Source: Sentosa Development Corporation)

Players are limited to just 36 slots each day, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Singapore time. Each session, which lasts for 30 minutes, can only accommodate up to four visitors, and virtual vacationers are shortlisted after filling in their details on a registration page and answering a question of the week. A Nintendo Switch online subscription is required, and the game is only available until June 1, when circuit breaker measures are slated to end.

If you don’t own a Nintendo Switch, SDC has come up with other ideas to bring the relaxing vibes of Sentosa into your home: DJs who have graced the decks of Rumours Beach Club, Sand Bar, and Tanjong Beach Club recently put together Sentosa Beats Party, a series of curated playlists for “social dis-dancing,” while Sentosa’s official Instagram account now offers cocktail-making tutorials. Additionally, virtual yoga sessions are being streamed on the Sentosa Facebook page every Saturday.

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Virtual visitors at Ola Beach Club. (Source: Sentosa Development Corporation)

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