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Invizimals: The Lost Tribes

Invizimals: The Lost Tribes Review | Pocket Monsters

Brendan Griffiths
Augmented Reality, Games reviews, Invizimals: The Lost Tribes, PSP camera, PSP games

Invizimals: The Lost Tribes Review | Pocket Monsters

Platform: PSP
Developer: Novarama
Publisher: Sony

This is another Augmented Reality camera game for the PSP. Fortunately, it's aimed at a slightly older audience than the recent EyePet Adventures. Capturing and battling monsters is what's on offer here, think Pokémon, but using the PSP's camera attachment to hunt them down in the real world.

As an Invizimals hunter, you explore your real-life surroundings with your PSP, scanning surfaces to home in on one of the invisible creatures. When you detect one, lay down the card supplied with the game to reveal the little monster. Different coloured surfaces reveal different monsters in each of the globetrotting stages.

Invizimals: The Lost Tribes Review | Pocket Monsters

Once you find one, you must overcome a challenge to capture it for your collection. At first, you only have to slap your hand down on the card to get them, but it isn't long before things get a lot more complicated. The worst offender being the three-stage capture where you have to play a snooker-style shot by turning your PSP around the card to line up the best shot and rebound the creature off several walls into a target zone, then through a gauntlet of moving walls and then into a moving bracket. There's a harsh time limit too, meaning you'll have to scan for the Invizimal again and again when you fail. It's ridiculously tough and irritating trying to orientate the PSP to get the cue to behave.

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