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. The concept is the same - find these hidden animals, capture them, and then have them fight for you. Yeah I know that concept has never been used in our industry before. :) Two important things to be aware of with 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. Real video is shown of people who talk to you about the missions. They also explain how to play Invizimals at the beginning.
Summary: Released late 2009 in Europe, Novarama’s inviZimals went on to win many various technological awards on it’s way to be being of the top 3 selling PSP titles in all of Europe last year. Making use of ‘augemented reality’, the game came bundled with Sony’s long delayed PSP camera, which allowed the inviZimals to ‘invade’ the real world. After almost a year between release, inVizimals has invade US soil.
Pros: + A game that kids of all ages will enjoy., + The PSP camera offers many unique magic effects.
Cons: - The freshness will quickly wear off for old gamers.
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. Younger players will lap up concept and it's undoubtedly charming in its implementation - however, it's likely to be more of a passing fad than a family mainstay.
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.