Universal Studios Singapore – Sci-Fi City
Sci-Fi City is one of the most adventurous and dynamic themed lands in Universal Studios Singapore. This area plays host to the park’s major attractions such as Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle and Battlestar Galactica HUMAN and CYLON, an underwhelming teacup ride in The Accelerator,and a futuristic restaurant, the Starbot Cafe. One would be left impressed by the overall attention to details in the theming of this area – you have no idea how much this area goes big on the Transformers sets! However, this themed land can certainly go further in providing the futuristic feeling to the land. In Disney theme parks, you are able to interact with mobile dustbins and robots in their equivalent Tomorrowland.
Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle
Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle could be said to be the Park’s headline attraction, facing long queues of up to 120 minutes on an average day. This is no surprise given that the ride is technologically advanced, employing a clever use of 3D images, well-thought simulation, heat, fog and water effects and more.
While I am unable to bring you through on the journey of the ride itself (photography and video filming are prohibited on this ride!), it brings you through a typical story of Transformers through the perspective of a new autobot known as EVAC (as the name suggests, its speciality is to evacuate!). There is unfortunately no time to train EVAC as the Allspark had been stolen from the NEST base. As Megatron and Bumblebee get defeated by the Autobots, EVAC is left on its own to save the day.
The ride is truly an immersive experience that brings you through the superiority of what the next generation theme park rides could be like. While it lacks the 3D superiority present in the other Transformers Ride in Universal Studios Hollywood, it promises to be an unforgettable experience (unlike Madagascar: A Crate Adventure).
The only annoying thing is the waiting time. Thus, you might want to hit this ride first thing in the morning at 10am, or save it till 5pm before the Park closes, as waiting time can be as low as 5-10 minutes during these time frames. Avoid lunchtime hours (12-2pm), as waiting time can be horrendously long (up t0 120 minutes).
Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN
As the name suggests, this ride is more humane than the other one. There is no corkscrew motion present in this ride, and the exciting part of the ride can be felt within seconds, as you take a 14-storey plunge downhill. Thereafter, seasoned riders will notice that it will be a ride in the park, with the occasional short drops now and then. The theming present in the HUMAN queue, however, is probably more elaborate than CYLON. If you are a fan of the series, you will notice some sets and props that have been used in the series itself.
Battlestar Galactica: CYLON
The CYLON ride is more thrilling than the human one – definitely not for the faint-hearted. It is a suspended coaster that goes through a vertical loop, corkscrew and cobra roll. I personally prefer to enjoy this ride at night, as it creates more psychological thrill then when the Park is close to completely dark! Queue times for night rides are as low as 5 minutes as well.
It seems as though every park needs a quintessential teacup ride – a ride which I am not a fan of. Nevertheless, it may prove to be enjoyable for young families who cannot take the thrill of Battlestar Galactica, but want to be close enough to the action.