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: Invizimals allows players to interact with their environment, using the PSP Camera to look for invisible creatures that lurk around every corner. Shadow Zone features 100 new creatues to collect, the ability to modify the Invizimals' name and colors, as well as the ability to choose from a larger selection of attacks.
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.
Excerpt: Recently the US Department of Energy set up their Lose Your Excuse website to help teach children about energy awareness. It’s all very eco-friendly and provides good information which kids can learn to badger their parents with. As part of the site there is The Energy Rescue game; a seemingly highly addictive 2D platforming beauty which seems to have lost the message a little. In the game you play Watts, a little blue chap with a propellor sticking out of his head.
Excerpt: What is it? Invizimals is a Pokemon-like collect 'em all game in which you use the PSP and supplied mini camera to grab little creature from the real world. Part of the game is simply finding and trapping these creatures, using your PSP as a viewfinder to discover over 100 different types while exploring the real world. There's also a battle mode, in which you fight against computer controlled creatures, or those under the command of a friend, sat next to you or online.
Excerpt: We can't think of a better way to introduce the new PSP Camera than with Invizimals . This isn't a completely new idea as games go, but none of us (in the US, at least) have seen the likes of this before. Any players old enough to remember the classic Battle Chess scene from Star Wars ("Let the wookie win!"), will feel the tingle of art meeting life. This camera technology still feels like a piece of the future, which is exactly how kids will perceive it.
Camera-based creature collection game with mild violence.
Common Sense Media
13 January 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Invizimals: Shadow Zone is a Pokemon -like creature collection game that uses the PSP camera and a cardboard trap (both come included with the game). Players find Invizimals in the environment by scanning objects with the camera, capture them, and then pit them in battle against each other.
Innovative, camera-based monster battler with mild violence.
Common Sense Media
13 January 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Invizimals is a Pokemon -like monster collection and battle game, but that it is geared for a slightly older audience (one of the Invizimals has a flatulence attack). As with the Pokemon games, players may receive mixed messages about how to treat the creatures they find; they’ll train, care for, and learn about them before pitting them in combat against other monsters.