In Assassin’s Creed, the titular “Assassin” explores different time periods, like the Renaissance and the French Revolution in the games, through a device called the Animus. He doesn’t actually time travel (that would be amazing though) – rather, the Animus allows him to experience the memories of his ancestors, thereby letting him roam through the time periods his ancestors lived in.

It’s kind of like experiencing what life was like during your grandfather’s era (complete with lavatories that are really just holes in the ground), instead of listening to his grandfather stories.

What if we had the Animus in Singapore? Which would be the hottest eras (not literally, no other past era can be as blazingly humid as the current one) that we’d visit?

1. Kingdom of Singapura (1299 – 1398)

Ancient Singapore. Credit: Tripvisto.com Facebook Page

Ancient Singapore. Credit: Tripvisto.com Facebook Page

So after Sang Nila Utama came to Singapore and saw a lion that nobody else has since seen on our sunny island, he founded the kingdom of Singapore. He was a Sumatran prince, after all, so I guess he wanted to continue being a prince of something. China would later recognise his sovereignty over Singapura, and our island became a cosmopolitan city way back in the 1300s when she developed into a port-of-call. This kingdom lasted for a century as four other kings took over.

A metropolis in the 1300s? That’d have been a sight!

2. British colonial era (1819 – 1961)

Back when the police wore shorts. Credit: Singapore Police Force Facebook Page

Back when the police wore shorts. Credit: Singapore Police Force Facebook Page

Hundreds of years later, Raffles came to Singapore and we became a British colony. He rediscovered the benefits of our geographical location and made Singapore a port, with one additional benefit.

It was free. Nobody had to pay port duties if they stopped here.

Free things were just as attractive then as it is now, so many traders stopped at Singapore. Once again we became an international city.

Imagine what it was like to have lived during those times… when you could buy a license to sell opium.

3. Malaysia (1962 – 1965)

This would have been an internal railway back in 1963. Credit: Channel Newsasia Facebook Page

This would have been an internal railway back in 1963. Credit: Channel Newsasia Facebook Page

After World War II, Singapore became part of Malaysia. It was a time that was fraught with tension as there were many racial riots and the British were leaving Singapore. We were part of a much larger country then, so it was interesting to see how we went from Western rule to Asian governance.

We were technically Malaysia then, so I’m not sure if the Animus would recognise this as an era of Singapore.

4. Independence (1965 – 1975)

Can you tell which of these kids is a Taichi Master in Long Long Time Ago 2? Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Can you tell which of these kids is a Taichi Master in Long Long Time Ago 2? Credit: Golden Village Pictures

If you’ve watched Long Long Time Ago, then you’ll have seen what it was like living in the 60’s. Just like today, it was a time of great change. People went from living in kampungs to staying in HDB flats. If you thought the transition from fax machines to e-mail was tough, imagine being uprooted from a house you built yourself and being made to stay in (what seemed at the time) a concrete box.

But it was also a time of great opportunities… and fireworks.

5. The Eighties (1978 – 1992)

Did you use this? Credit: Old School Delights Facebook Page

Did you use this? Credit: Old School Delights Facebook Page

And the 80’s would probably be everyone’s favourite era. The world (and us) was experiencing tremendous economic growth, which meant that we were free to experiment and try out new things and they’d most likely be profitable. Singapore was also starting to find its own character during this time, with the xinyao movement and other uniquely Singapore arts reaching their peak.

Which is why we have so much nostalgia for the good old days, eh? Maybe not the long hair and baggy clothes, but everything else was just awesome.

Assassin's Creed. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Assassin’s Creed. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

What about Assassin’s Creed? Well, the film sees Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiencing the 1400s – but in Spain. But he doesn’t have time to sightsee. He’s got a mission to accomplish! Will he succeed in his task, or will he get lost in his ancestor’s memories?

Most importantly, will he be able to uphold the Assassin’s Creed?

 

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