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Whenever a new piece of tech comes out, someone in the world gets an idea that could be really, really cool. With Kinect, it was Dance Central (which is awesome, by the way). With the PSP's camera, it's a take on the classic \"gotta catch 'em all” formula that has worked for over a decade now. The only problem with Invizimals, though, is that many of those games are on handheld platforms as well, and many of them are a mile above this game on sheer gameplay. Which doesn't say too much, since there's hardly any actual game here to speak of. Invizimals is a monster-collection game that relies on the PSP camera and a card included in the case to \"find” the little creatures because otherwise – get this – they're invisible (and yes, one character actually makes that pun). The story is told through live-action video, but from what I understand it's basically Pokémon with little adjustments. Keep the bad guys from the information you've collected in your Pokédex Catalog, and take down everyone in your path along the way... basic.
Creatures made of pure energy are all around us, invisible to the naked eye. Luckily for us, a brilliant engineer at PSP R&D has figured out how to detect these creatures using Sony's handheld and a PSP camera. Seeing these elemental creatures on your PSP screen is remarkable in Invizimals, a game that makes it appear as if these tiny animals are doing battle on the desk, table, or floor right in front of you. But the novelty wears off quickly, and technical issues and baffling design choices soon sap much of the magic from this groundbreaking but ultimately frustrating experience. Invizimals opens with a live-action introduction in which Keni, the PSP engineer who discovered the invisible creatures, communicates with you from his lab in Tokyo and introduces you to the basics of scanning for and capturing them. The process is done using the PSP camera and a patterned capture card you must place in the camera's view whenever you're trapping, battling with, or otherwise interacting with invizimals. Keni conspiratorially impresses upon you the importance of keeping the powerful invizimals a secret, making you feel like part of an elite global club with only a few members.
When Pokemon first made its way to our shores 12 years ago, kids everywhere imagined what it would be like if our world was overrun with these monsters. Invizimals for the PSP tries to capture that imagination by using augmented reality, and projecting monsters into our world using the PSP camera. Can the innovative use of the camera liven up the monster training genre? The premise of Invizimals is that tiny creatures (invisible animals) live among us, and only the top-secret PSP camera is able to see them. You are recruited to hunt them down, train them, and take down rivals in battle, all the while learning about their existence. Sound familiar? It's more or less the same setup that any Poke-fan is accustomed to, except this time, ‘you' are the main character. Main characters speak directly to you, as if the PSP is a communications device. The live-action cutscenes, starring an overly happy scientist and a wise, full bearded professor, are over-acted and extremely cheesy. Still, it's a fun touch of immersion if you're willing to let yourself believe the fantasy. The main draw of Invizimals is seeing the critters scurry and battle in the world around you, be it outside, in your bedroom, or on your desk at school.
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The PSP Camera is a fascinating piece of technology that just needs a killer app to make it a must-own accessory for owners of the handheld. Unfortunately, while it was developed off some interesting ideas, it isn't the revolutionary experience it needed to be. It's also a missed opportunity to steal some thunder away from rival monster battle franchise, Pokemon. Before this review gets rolling, let’s establish one thing about Invizimals -- the technology behind the game is pretty damn interesting. Using the PSP Camera peripheral and a handy little patterned cardboard “trap card,” the bulk of the game is focused around catching invisible animals -- in the real world -- that only your PSP can see. Depending on the time of day and where you are, Invizimals can be found almost anywhere: your bathroom, the kitchen, a vacant parking lot, in your morning transit bus, or even on the butt of someone’s jeans. When you first see the technology at work, it’s stunning. As you lay the trap card on a flat surface, you can move around the Invizimals as your PSP tracks their movements and location in real time, which is sure to blow the mind of any small child.
The idea is to go around the real world, using the new PSP camera - which will be bundled with the game - to hunt down rare creatures that are invisible. There are some loops to jump through to snag the animals, and then once they are captured, they can be used in arena fighting. Well, it’s not exactly innovative - drawing inspiration from games like Eye of Judgment - but invizimals will probably give the target demographic (kids age 7-12) a lot of entertainment value. The game has live action video incorporated into the game and purports to take players around the world to learn about the various invisible animals (more than 40 in the game, and each can evolve three times and require different capture mechanics). When it comes to the battles, elemental aspects come into play and players can buy different perk packs like stamina that will be consumed in battles. The single-player story is “full of intrigue and conspiracy” said the developer demo’ing the game. Releasing the fall, the game will come bundled with the PSP camera, which is a dandy peripheral to the PSP. It’s got the cute factor played up and could appeal to those outside the demographic target range.
You might have noticed that this review looks slightly different to other reviews on VideoGamer.com. That's because we look at games clearly designed for younger gamers in a slightly different way to other games. We'll endeavour to tell you what you need to know in a clear and concise way so you'll be confident you're making the right purchase for whatever your situation.What is it? Invizimals is a Pokemon-like collect 'em all game in which you use the PSP and supplied mini camera to grab little creature from the real world. Part of the game is simply finding and trapping these creatures, using your PSP as a viewfinder to discover over 100 different types while exploring the real world. There's also a battle mode, in which you fight against computer controlled creatures, or those under the command of a friend, sat next to you or online.Complexity Despite its cute visuals and slowly voiced tutorial videos, Invizimals is more complicated than it appears. The idea behind the game isn't too complex, but the camera-focused gameplay does make capturing and fighting a lot harder than it could have been. The game makes use of a special card, which the camera recognises when placed on a flat, coloured surface.
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