The Straits Times’ NDP Challenge – We Spotted Inuka, POSB Squirrel, Deadpool & Waldo Himself

We’re officially obsessed.

If you love ‘Where’s Waldo’, we hope you’re ready for The Straits Times’ NDP Challenge.


We’ve found that it’s the perfect mini-game to attempt with your eagle-eyed work friends on a desktop, during lunch.

Spoiler alert!

But if you’ve only got a mobile on hand, you can play it on your phone too.

Here’s hoping your screens are wide enough — you can always pinch to zoom, but be prepared to squint a little.

More addictive than we thought

Without spoiling too much, the aim of the game is to locate 53 “uniquely Singaporean items” in an expansive map littered with local references & pop culture icons.

The first quest involves locating 10 Merlions — which was surprisingly more challenging than we thought.

Pro Tip: They are not always physical representations. Look for Merlions in the form of items or symbols too.

Easter eggs abound

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of other Easter eggs we spotted:

  • Porg from Star Wars
  • No Face from Spirited Away
  • Cookie Monster
  • Deadpool
  • Kai Kai the Panda
  • Inuka the Polar Bear
  • Ah Meng the Orangutan
  • R2D2
  • Waldo from ‘Where’s Waldo’
  • Sharity Elephant
  • POSB Squirrel
  • Pikachu
  • Donald Trump
  • Kim Jong Un + Bodyguards
  • Move-In-Martin

We think it’s a great effort by cartoonists and developers in the spirit of our upcoming National Day.

Thanks be to you

If you’re wondering who to thank for 30 mins of your life wasted in the best way possible, ST lists these contributors in the credits:

  • Billy Ker
  • Lim Ling Li
  • Alyssa Karla Mungcal
  • Thong Yong Jun
  • Jocelyn Tan
  • Tee Zhuo
  • Ng Keng Gene
  • Ng Huiwen

Time spent having fun, is not time wasted at all

Let us know in the comments what else you’ve spotted and we’ll add them to our checklist.

Until then, we’ll be busy searching for item 44. Just 9 more to go.

Featured image from The Straits Times.