If you're desperately craving another virtual pet, we're about to make your day. Sony has announced a new entry in their Eyepet series. According to the launch info, Eyepet & Friends will allow players to simultaneously take care of two monkey-dog hybrid monstrosities; along with new minigames, social features and full Playstation Move functionality.Click here to read more...
The Eyepet bundle may be the cutest game ever released, allowing you to take care of an adorable little thing with your own two hands. More excitingly, it's also a great way of getting your hands on the Playstation Eye, which will apparently become a key part of your PS3 motion control experience once Playstation Move hits the shelves. Base, DVD.co.uk and its affiliates are currently retailing at £17.99 for the complete bundle, which will save you £3 compared to the nearest competitor (MyMemory in this case).
Ever wanted to interact with a fuzzly, wuzzly monkey-dog abomination from behind the safety of a glass screen? Well now you can, courtesy of Eyepet. Using the Playstation Eye Camera for visual input, you can use the bundled Magic Pad to 'scan' objects to play with your creature, pet it, feed it and generally hang out with the cutest tamigotchi ever. Or you can inflict a severe degree of degradation and emotional torment if that's your bag. There's no real penalty for cruelty or negligence, though- so don't expect this to teach your kids petcare and responsibility!
Trophy hunters will find Eyepet's collection to be extremely forgiving, but it's mainly aimed at the casual audience. Kids will lap it up, and it's also a fairly sneaky way of introducing your significant other into your favourite hobby. It won't be long before a few Eyepet play sessions lead into full-blown MW2 SpecOps marathons... job done.
Considering the bundled camera and convenience of the package, this makes for a great present at a bargain price.
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If you've always pined for a anthropomorphic furry critter as a pet, but don't like the idea of caring for it, cleaning after it, and financing its expensive eating habits, then Eyepet may be just the game for you. ShopTo are currently pricing Eyepet, along with the PlayStation Eye Camera and a free Magic Card, for just £19.85!
If you haven't already claimed your free £1 account credit for Shopto.net, then do so here in the Shopto voucher thread. You could possibly get this game for £1 cheaper!
This is by far the cheapest deal you'll find for Eyepet, especially with the PlayStation Eye Camera included. Something of a revolutionary, if unspectacular, game, Eyepet is an Augmented Reality game. You're tasked with caring for your very own pet who you can tickle, poke, and even play fetch with. This is possible through the use of the PlayStation Eye Camera, which scans an image of your room and tracks your movement. Your pet appears on the image of your room, and the camera tracks your movement, so if you wiggle your fingers on the portion of the screen your pet is currently occupying, he'll respond to this movement.
It's a hugely innovative concept, and for the most part the execution is solid. Roll a real-life ball across your floor, and your pet will chase it or jump out of the way. Your pet is also a very well-realised creation. Photo-realistic fur, an expressive face and believable animation lend his actions a sense of authenticity as he interacts with real-world objects projected onto your screen from the PlayStation Eye Camera.
But, as Eurogamer states in its 6/10 review, while the presentation is convincing, the mechanics are flawed, and the designers seemed so focused or consumed with creating the pet and bonding his actions with the PlayStation Eye Camera, that they forgot about basic game design, such as explaining what exactly a player must carry out, and properly informing them about what they did wrong.
Does anyone remember the hideously irritating Furbies, those interactive fluffy robot pets of the late-90s and early Noughties? Well, this is pretty much the digital equivalent. The Eyepet is a small dog/monkey/gremlin virtual pet that you can interact with if you have Sony's Playstation Eye camera.
MyMemory are stocking the game only version, so you'll have to buy the camera separately, for just £10.95 at the moment, giving you a saving of around a pound on the nearest offer over at ShopTo.
This game will basically appeal to anyone who ever got a kick of the Tamagotchi or Nintendogs, or any other virtual pet simulator ever. The Eyepet itself is an incredibly cute genetic freak who acts much like a simian kitten might, proving cutely inquisitive and eager to play with whatever objects you place in front of it, which brings us neatly to this game's hardware gimmick...
The Playstation Eye is used here to interact with your pet: with the camera essentially acting as a mirror, you can pick up your Eyepet, knock it over, give it things to play with and chew on and so on and so forth. It doesn't work perfectly, of course, but then these things never do. It is, though, solid enough to provide hours of entertainment for kids and girlfriends alike.
To be honest, it's a little limited. Your pet never grows or evolves and, rather more disturbingly, there's not too much by way of negative reaction to bad behaviour. You can treat it appallingly and it'll still look as happy as can be like some sort of crazed Stockholm Syndrome victim. Worrying lack of education aside, the Eyepet is a fun distraction for the young gamer, and a good example hopefully of things to come as we look forward to Natal and the EyeToy.
Thanks to monkeymagik at HUKD