Excerpt: Invizimals Shadow Zone is the sequel to the interesting and innovative Invizimals. Ya'll may remember my review of the original. There were a few issues with it, that Sony has improved upon them in Invizimals Shadow Zone.
Excerpt: Invizimals is the second PSP Camera based video game we are reviewing. This hand held game is part Pokemon, and part explore your surroundings. Invizimals comes with a card which helps us catch these little creatures. In face without the card, and PSP camera we would not be able to see them.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Novarama’s PSP Camera game is best described as Pokemon meets augmented reality. Think manga-esque cutesy mutant animals with special powers battling it out in your living room and you pretty much have a fair assessment of what Invizimals is all about.
Conclusion: While Invizimals ' technology can't quite deliver on its ambition, it works enough of the time to avoid condemnation. The real issue is the restrictiveness of the mission structure and ultimate lack of real depth to the critter combat.
Excerpt: Invizimals is a great idea perhaps realised too soon. It never feels as cohesive as it should due to technology limitations, and for that reason it's hard to promote it as a well constructed gaming experience. But we'd sure love to see a sequel that irons out the bugs.
Pros: The battles are surprisingly complicated, and there's a great deal of variation with over 100 Invizimals to collect. The multiplayer options provide it with longevity. It's actually relatively cheap, considering it includes hardware.
Cons: The camera struggles on occasion to accurately pick up visual clues. The outcome of some challenges appears arbitrary, and this can result in frustration, particularly for the younger generation which it is undeniably aimed at.