City Centre VR game lets you catch prizes instead of Pokemon

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The HTC Vive-powered Bridge of Surprises can be found at City Centre Me'aisem and Shindagha

This Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), City Centre Me’aisem and City Centre Al Shindagha are hosting a virtual reality game.

Instead of Pokémon, you get to catch logos of participating stores in bubbles falling from the sky using a hand controller to win prizes.

Using state-of-the-art technology, Bridge of Surprises challenges players to cross a rope bridge stretched between two balloons flying over Dubai in VR while traversing an actual rope bridge in real life. As the game progresses, players have to catch as many logos of participating stores in bubbles falling from the sky using the hand controller. If the player manages to collect 50 logos within 90 seconds, they are rewarded with instant prizes from retailers and eateries including MAX, Jamba Juice, Centre point, GRK Fresh Greek, Chili’s, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s, OPTX20/20, Magic Planet, Arrow, Chicking and Automatic.

Enhancing the real life experience, the rope bridge is slightly elevated creating a feeling of unbalance, while fans generate a breeze. Players who dare can look down upon the city’s skyscrapers to experience being hundreds of metres above the ground.

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Bridge of Surprises has been created using the HTC Vive headset developed by HTC and Valve. The headset is designed to utilise “room scale” technology to turn a room into a 3D space via sensors, with the virtual world allowing the user to navigate naturally, with the ability to walk around and use motion tracked handheld controllers to vividly manipulate objects, interact with precision, communicate and experience immersive environments.

Visitors to either of these two Majid Al Futtaim malls can cross the Bridge of Surprises on weekdays from 12-10pm and weekends from 12pm–12am. The Bridge will run upto August 7.