There are many games we played with our friends when we are a kid. Let us get nostalgic. As new technologies arise, our favourite childhood games got their video games adaptation. They are ‘Police Sentri’ and ‘Rubber Wrestling’.
Ah. Childhood, the good old days. There is a culture gap between all the generations been born. As someone who is born as millennials, we experienced childhood without technologies. Some of the games we play when we are a kid aren’t relevant much to kids nowadays. However, these games get a new breath after getting adapted as video games for the new generation.
Children are an active kind, as they love to play and run around. That might explain why most Malaysian kids grow up playing the ‘Polis Sentri’ or Sentry Police. It is a game of cat and mouse and played with kids from the neighbourhood or school. In today terms, you can consider it as the childhood battle royale.
Kids playing polis sentri usually end up with trouble. Once done playing, these kids will get soaked in their sweat and feel tired. When they reached home, their parents will scold them, or if these kids are in school, they will get disciplinary actions from their teachers.
The game started with a kid appointed to sing the song of polis sentri, which will decide who will be in the police or the robber team.
“Polis sentri one two jaga, polis mati, pencuri jaga”
While singing to the lyrics, the singer would point to all the players, including themself. The first lyric will decide a player would be in the team police, while the second lyric is for the team robber. The singer then sang again. Any player who is not selected would be in the team robber but imprisoned. After the game start, the robbers need to “released” their fellow robbers from the prison while still evading the police. Released robbers will add more players to the robber’s team, thus making the police team task harder. The game ends with all the robbers arrested.
The childhood game, polis sentry just got its video game adaptation, called ‘Police Sentri’ and was developed by Todak Studios. Police Sentri has the same concept with its originality. Each game has eight players, divided into two teams, which are the police and robbers. The police team need to catch all of the robbers and put them in prison. As for the team robbers, to win, they either need to escape or hold onto the bag filled with money and wait until the time runs out. Police Sentri are available for the Android platform and can be download at Google Play Store.
“We know today’s new generation loves to play with devices, and we don’t want the game to get forgotten because ‘Police Sentri’ is unique. But if we want to teach the children even now, it is not suitable because of the Covid-19 pandemic situation. So, we will bring it in online,” Ahmad Fadli, CEO Todak Studios.
Eraser or rubber is one of the stationary items students used to erase pencil’s mistakes during Primary School. Anyhow, young students also found other purposes with their erasers. These young creative minds came with a game with these erasers to throw boredom away in the classroom. It is a game of eraser tagging, compete by two students.
The game is simple, yet it requires a student’s experiences and has precise movements to be good at it. To play the game, players would tap on the side of the eraser, which causes it to flip and move the eraser position. If the player’s eraser flip and land on top of their opponent’s eraser, the player is considered the winner. These will also cause the opponent’s eraser to be forfeit and handed to the player as the winning prizes.
Although kids play this game, the gameplays are high-stakes and treated seriously among the students. Students would spend their pocket money in the school canteen to purchase these erasers instead of buying food. Apart from playing, students also treat these erasers as the currency among each other. Students would trade their erasers with other students. An attractive looking eraser would have the highest value.
For most of us who have played the game, to think about it back, this erasers game are illegal, as it is considered gambling. But it was a fascinating innocent time, so why not relieve this vice childhood back? Surprisingly, this eraser game exists as a video game, called the ‘Rubber Wrestling’. The game developer is Limited Games. The gameplay is the same as the real one. Players need to tap the side of the erasers to flip or move the erasers. There is also an indicator of how much pressure you want to apply on the erasers.
Even though based on the childhood game, Rubber Wrestling does have a backstory. According to the game description, Rubber Wrestling took place in post-apocalyptic Malaysia in the year 2094. Survivors loot whatever supplies they can find. The discovery of a box fill with country-themed erasers has led to the formation of the Rubber Wrestling tournament. As for now, for any nostalgic player who wants to play Rubber Wrestling, it is available for Android and can be download on Google Play Store.
With these old games getting their video game adaptation, it still can be relevant into the future. More of our childhood games also needs modern adaptation. Not only will that game be preserve for future generations, but also our source of nostalgia moments. STAY SAFE!!!