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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.
Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is creepy enough while it lasts (review)
22 August 2012
Conclusion: For about half the standard asking price, Spirit Camera would be worth picking up. This is a fine spooky story — not as spooky as it would be in the dark but still spooky — and it’s a cool showpiece for some new concepts in gaming technology and design. One of these days we may look back on games like Spirit Camera as the beginning of an important new trend. At the moment, most players are going to want to give it a pass.
Pros: Augmented unreality Spirit Camera spins off of the Fatal Frame horror series, but it’s not quite the same kind of game. Those were full-blown 3D adventures from the Silent Hill mold, whereas this is more like a piece of interactive short fiction. It also causes the main character of the story, Maya, to emerge from the book and thereafter stand right next to you — when you look at the real world through the 3DS screen, anyway. Maybe this sounds a little cheesy, but it’...
Cons: Tetchy camera combat Battling the evil spirits that emerge from the book works a lot like the console Fatal Frame games. From a first-person view, center the camera crosshairs on a target, hit the shutter, and watch the exorcism work. The difference here is that the camera is…well, the camera. Through it, the game lays ghosts over the view, and blasting them is a matter of moving the system around until the gyro sensor decides that the lens is lined up with the target...
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.
Review: Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (NIntendo 3DS)
22 July 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.
Augmented reality horror game fascinates but lacks depth.
Common Sense Media
22 July 2012
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).
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.
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.