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Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir
2 September 2013
Summary: In theory, the idea behind Spirit Camera is brilliant. Exploiting the 3DS' augmented reality features to turn players into ghost hunters is a marvelous undertaking. I love the thought of scurrying around the house, pretending the 3DS is a magic camera that can see malevolent spirits in the real world. Unfortunately, there's a major setback to the whole thing, and it's apparent the moment you start the game.
Excerpt: Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is the best Augmented Reality game we've played, but that's not saying much. These types of games often suffer from a lack of depth, similar lack of graphical punch and a heavy reliance on extreme lighting, three maladies Nintendo's newest 3DS game suffers from. At the same time, it also features one of the more gripping narratives to appear in an AR experience, and for that, we can't help but smile.
Pros: Some cool AR tricks using the included Diary of Faces, does an excellent job building tension, great use of the gyroscope.
Cons: Requires maximum lighting, takes three hours to beat, silly mini games, costs $39.99.
Excerpt: Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is a spin-off game of the popular Fatal Frame series for the Nintendo 3DS. As befitting the series, the game has you equipped with a camera that, by taking pictures of ghosts, can exorcise the vengeful spirits. For this particular game, you yourself are the protagonist who receives a mysterious purple book known as the Diary of Faces.
Excerpt: Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is a unique augmented reality adventure game that uses the features of the 3DS extensively. The gyros, the 3D effect, the external 3D cameras and the inward-facing 2D camera are all used to create a short but effective story in the Project Zero (or Fatal Frame) universe.
Excerpt: Spirit Camera: Cursed Memoirs is a spin-off of the Fatal Frame series. An ‘augmented reality’ horror story, the game immerses the player in a world of ghosts and spirits while at the same time showcasing the technological capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS.
Review: Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (NIntendo 3DS)
8 June 2012
Summary: Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is a fun game in spite of its shallow gameplay. Story Mode is about two and a half hours long, but with all the mini games, Extra Mode and the post-game boss battles, hardcore Fatal Frame or survival horror fans can probably wrangle ten hours out of the cart before they’ve done all there possibly is to do with it. It’s not a very scary game, but it is an atmospheric and creepy one that makes use of the 3DS’ AR capabilities and 3D visuals.
Summary: Parents need to know that Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is an augmented reality game targeted at teens and older players. It is filled with scary images and uses the 3DS camera to create the illusion that evil spirits occupy real space in the same room as the player. Players will see some bloody smears, cracked camera lenses, and people with their faces missing (they may appear scratched out in pictures or have their eyes and mouths sewn shut).