Photo/Illutration Central Japan Railway Co. is hosting a gaming event in collaboration with the “Momotaro Dentetsu” video game series. (Provided by Central Japan Railway Co.)

NAGOYA--Fans of the popular “Momotaro Dentetsu” (Momotaro electric railway) video game series, where players compete for the most points by traveling by train across Japan, can now enjoy the same fun in real life.

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) on Jan. 30 started a collaboration event where participants use location information on their smartphones and visit train stations to acquire assets representing their wealth in the game and compete with other players for the biggest amount.

The video game it is based on works like a turn-based family board game. It is commonly referred to as “Momotetsu,” so the special event, which is free to play, has been dubbed Marude Momotetsu (Just like Momotetsu).

There are 110 places where participants can play a roulette game to increase their assets or obtain a card that hinders their opponents. Those spots include Tokaido Shinkansen Line stations, other stations under JR Tokai’s jurisdiction and sightseeing spots in their surrounding areas.

Players can receive bonus points when they arrive at three designated destinations.

The top 10 wealthiest players at the end of the event on March 31 will be given gift cards worth 60,000 yen ($464), which can be used at hotels operated by JR Tokai.

More details are available on the special website: