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I Saw Eyepet on TV and i thought to myself hey that looks good might buy that for Christmas. So when Christmas came i decided to get that game i also got the PlayStation Eye as well with this it came into the offer it was cheap so i bought it.
As soon as i got home i turned on the PlayStation 3 and plugged the PS3 Eye USB Cable in and started playing it. As soon as the menu comes a man comes up on the left or right top corner of the screen, He was telling how to set up the PS3 Eye up so that was really helpful and welcoming, After i set it up i started playing at first there is a egg in the middle of your room (middle of where ever you PS3 Eye is looking at) I had no idea what to do then suddenly the egg started shaking so i thought something hatching so i got my hand above and started to rub it i could see it was started to crack but trust me it takes a while until the egg cracks. So after the cracked suddenly a head popped up and it was furry animal i couldn't take my eyes of it, It was so cute! Then a guy told me what i had to do next which was very helpful (Could guide youngsters what they need to do) I had to name it so i named it, Then the guy went i had no idea what to do i played with the pet for and discovered that the motion was not that good (I was rubbing it and it jumped a couple of times through my hand) After that i found out you have to do is to wash the Eyepet this pretty easy you just select the wash icon and hold your hands above the Eyepet and a shower head will appear in your hand then just wash it, Really Simple! You can do alot of other things with your Eyepet take care of it in many ways, Do challenges that unlocks more stuff. To be honest i got bored of this game very easily its more of a kids game than adults. So if your looking for something for your child or child's birthday or Christmas present i really recommend this, Its good for the kids adults could like i would class this game as family related game because you can play it with the whole family take care of it like its your own pet!
Ill give this a 7/10 because its glitches at some points but i dont think the kids would care about that my 5 year cousin enjoys this game alot and im sure your kids will do too.
I bought Eyepet a few days ago, lured in by the idea of a cute interactive pet and the £25 bundle price tag.
To be honest, I'm not sure what I think. The game itself noticeably aimed at kids with how colourful everything is, along with the silly creepy professor - so to adults it may feel like one's brain is slowly melting.
Gameplay can be fun to those of any age, it consists of lots of little 'challenges'. Feed it, wash it, style it, draw toys for it, play minigames with it. You'll have to be the judge of whether this will appeal to you. The game breaks things down into a 15-day programme (an hour a day) so things stay fresh. After this you may wish to trade it in, as the pet interaction on its own, whilst cute, isn't exactly thrilling.
Be aware that if the camera isn't set up right things will prove tedious. It must be angled and positioned suitably in the right lighting. If not, you'll quickly get irritated with the camera poorly detecting the magic-card or trying to get you to physically move your magic-card into your floor to pick up cookies.
Also one may find themselves, every now and then, accidentally angling the card so the camera can't see it (especially kids) but you'll get used to it.
Provided the lighting/set-up is spot-on, the only area the game struggles is with drawings. You will actually need to pick up the camera, put the drawing on the floor, move the camera around until the borders all are green and hold it dead still for a few seconds.
The bundle is definitely a good buy if you're in need of a microphone for online play with other games, are looking to use EyeCreate to make videos (free off the PSN store) or need a webcam (it can be used with Windows via third-party drivers).
The quality of the webcam itself is excellent, at 640x480/30fps the capture is a little grainy, but there's no visible capture delay or movement blur. The audio clarity is also excellent - with my 5.1 system extremely loud it exhibited no clipping and sounded very 'full' - maybe due to the fact it has a '4 microphone array system'.
So anyway, I'm gonna give this a solid four stars.
Okay we first saw this game advertised on TV and thought it looked really good and as it was quite cheap we thought we'd buy it for something to do at xmas! Plugging the camera in and so on is really easy to do! then on screen instructions to tell you where to put the camera and stuff, so everything was sorted and we was ready to go! Bare in mind that this game is for children and everyone in my house is older than 20 years old! First you have to hatch the egg! Which is very hard and frustrating to do! you have to go in flow with the screen and NO child would ever be able to do this! Once the egg is hatched there is really not that much you can do with it! It gets boring and i wouldnt really say it was easy to use, Although it is so adorable and funny at first i don't really think i would recomend this game to anyone! Maybe if everytime your child plays on this your gunna be there but it can get really frustrating and you have to keep playing with it to unlock differant things! Altho i dont think i'll be playing on this anytime soon it maybe worth a go for the older ones for a little laugh?!?! =)
Eyepet, the new and hugely fun and interactive game for the ps3 is bustling with virtual life!
With the new playstation 3 systems Eyecam, which is a much more finely tuned version of the Playstation 2 model and is now included with a microphone so you can talk and even sing to your new pet!
Though not an original concept the Eyepet is hugely fun and wipes the floor with old competitors, the Eyepet itself is well trained and can track and follow the slightest of your movements, chasing and pouncing on you when you least expect it!
Using the advanced technology of the new camera you can use the "Magic card" to instantly summon a trampoline, miniature bowling alley or many other fully interactive objects. Not only this but if you want your own drawing inside the game you can teach your Eyepet to draw whatever you hold to the camera and put it inside the game.
Overall a great game that i would highly reccomend to anybody with kids or a sense of fun 9/10.
Eyepet is an interactive pet for Playstation 3 in a similar vein to the Dogz and Catz games of yore, however brought bang up to date and with a few twists.
The game uses the Playstation Eye to help you interact with the Eyepet. You aim it at an empty, well lit area of the floor, and you become the 'wallpaper' of the screen, which the pet plays around in. The first thing you'll be called on to do is to help your pet to hatch from his egg. You'll do this by hitting the egg, and rocking it back and forth.
Once hatched, you can play with your new pet by simply interacting with it onscreen. You can tap the floor to make him come to you, or wiggle your hands in the air to get him to jump. There are also a range of activities you can perform with your eyepet, such as an exercise treadmill, shower and cleaning, and a variety of toys and games. By far the most impressive from a technical standpoint is that you can show your pet a drawing of a car or plane, and he will draw the same car you have and create a model from it. Unfortunately it's far from perfect, and sometimes he will miss bits out, but for the most part it's successful and very impressive. You just need to make sure you draw with very thick lines.
To keep things fresh, the game gives you challenges to complete, such as knocking over a set amount of pins in bowling, running so far on the tradmill, catching a certain amount of cookies, or even teaching him to sing! Unfortunately, as with any game like this, there's not much variety and as such things can get repetitive quickly. I'd recommend short half hour bursts to try and increase the longevity somewhat. I would also assume that Sony would release DLC packs in future to help alleviate this.
All in all, it's a great toy and a very impressive technical achievement from a geeky standpoint - there are so many little touches that are thus far unseen - but really it's an up-to-date pet game that's oodles of fun, but ultimately doesn't have that much variety.
The Eyepet, as the name would suggest is an interactive pet, one that has more than a twist or two. It has just been released in the UK.
When myself and the three year old saw the little pet carrier type box that the game, camera and interactive card you will need to play with your pet come in, we were both instantly lured by it. Who wouldn't love the little cutesy box as pictured above?
We took our Eyepet home, the three year old having understood that the Eyepet was a pet she could play with on the TV, the journey home was peppered with a rather repetitive "I can't wait to meet him!".
I wasn't exactly sure what we had bought or how good the game would be but we settled down as a family to play and found that several hours passed before we could tear ourselves away and that everyone enjoyed the game on some level.
When you open the box you will find a camera inside (the game can be purchased seperately if you already have a camera), the game disk, and a black card, called your "magic card" for the purposes of the game, with a symbol on and a handle on the back that will be used in various ways.
The fun starts straight away, no tedious loading, as soon as you put the disk in, a tutuorial takes you through setting up the camera, as you recieve your pet - who arrives in egg form, and then discover his various abilities and the challenges you must do with him to progress in the game.
From the start the interaction with the pet makes the game fun - basically the camera means you will see yourself on screen with the pet next to you. When he is an egg you have to warm him, rock him and then as he hatches and becomes a pet you can stroke him and get him to jump, pounce and run.
A mad professor provides the tutorial, and pops up now and then on the screen to help you in video form. You progress fairly quickly through the game and we found that everyone was engaged and we all, the three year old, the five year old and the adults, took part in some way, the game is billed as one player but as we have played the game we certainly have found that we can all join in the various activities.
Some of the different features work better than others, we had a bit of trouble manipulating the interactive card as a cookie holder to feed our pet and to get him to jump for cookies, but at other times even the youngest player could work out how to use the card so that it became a shower, shampoo or a hairdryer. The interface has been well thought through, you hold up your magic card next to the icon of a hairdryer and it turns into one, and overall the controls are fairly intuitive.
You won't be able to leave a non-reader to play by themselves as many of the challenges are given by a line of text at the top of the screen, but it is such a good family game that you probably will want to play along anyway!
There are different areas to the game, the pet has toys such as a toy trampoline (the game card becomes a trampoline which you move around the screen so your pet can bounce), there is a camera to take pictures or video of you and your pet together, and also an area to feed, groom and take care of your pet. There are rewards and prizes as you progress through the game and your pet grows and evolves as you play. There is a bowling game where you direct your pet towards bowls and he rolls like a ball towards you to knock over the pins - this works well too.
As the game progresses there are different challenges to complete - these are progressively more difficult, but even quite far into the game they are still manageable in the main for the very young, whilst challenging enough for adults too. We all enjoyed having to pat away weeds growing on the screen whilst allowing the flowers to grow, and oh the fun of flying a plane to hit balloons with your pet perched on top when you, yourself, have designed and got the pet to draw the plane! My favourite challenge so far, quite a way into the game, has been the game of snap, though I must admit I took a ridiculously long time to beat the monkey, and was more successful at playing keepy-uppy with him with a balloon drawn by my daughter.
I found that the children intuitively bought into the idea of this pet, I wasn't sure whether a pet being virtually in the room would work, but their delight in the pet even on first sight was obvious. The pet looks a bit like a furry monkey and can be customised with different hair cuts and clothes as you progress.
There are plenty of really original features, the pet learns to draw, as I have already mentioned - you draw a shape onto paper, hold it up to the screen (you will need real paper and a pen for this) and the pet learns how to copy you, and eventually you can draw a toy which will be rendered in 3-D and then played with - we drew a car and then had to move it around our front room popping virtual balloons and avoiding our pet who was determined to crush it - huge fun! The pet gets better and better at drawing as he learns as a real child would. We did find the drawings are quite hard to scan via the camera and the interface on this part is probably the least successful of the game, but it is still magical.
We enjoyed teaching the pet to sing, there is a microphone in the camera; once he could sing we all had to sing together to break glasses.
This game is just very varied and clever. The music that accompanies it as you play is a bit cheesy and repetitve after a while, but the pet does make quite cute little noises and I suppose the music is apt for the game.
As you complete challenges and your pet grows, you will regularly receive virtual packages which look like the one in the picture with new toys or features, we have got quite far so have been the lucky recipients of a treadmill for our pet, a bubble machine and new outfits and textures, in a "little big planet" manner.
You do also need to look after your pet in a "tamagotchi" fashion and ensure he is fed, exercised, active and happy, but the main interest in the game is the challenges, although checking your pet is progressing well by using the magic card as a scanner to see inside him, and then send off a "pet report" if enjoyable in itself. Nods to other games and gaming experiences do not make this game unoriginal in any way but just make you feel that you are on familiar territory from the moment you start to play this game.
Graphics, interface and menus:
The pet is very cute, and believable and attractive to children. Overall the graphics of the actual game are good, and the aimal moves convincingly, and as you see him on the screen "next" to you, you really could believe that he is real and in the room with you.
The camera is not of a great quality and is quite sensitive to light, so we did find we had to get the light levels right in order to get the most out of this game. In general the menus are quite well done - we did struggle a little with the customiseable outfits section where the menu seems a bit illogical, but in general the progression throught the game is good and difficulty level is spot on.
One thing we have noticed with further play is that there are a few bugs - the game has fallen over a few times, especially during hair and outfit changes - of which there have been many - I have 2 girls, and this does smack a little of "game rushed out for Christmas" - I do hope Sony release downloadable updates for this in the very near future.
Like Little Big Planet before it, this game has a store with downloadable extra features, at time of release in the UK only one free set of outfits and one paying set are available, it will be interesting to see what extra games are made available in the future and at what price, as it stands the extra toys promised on the box don't yet exist. I can forsee the add on feature potentially being a big money making exercise for Sony if they persuade children that they need to have more outfits or accessories for their pets.
I think that this game has managed to be truly original, probably the most different game I have played for a long time - we have a wii but as a family we have never enjoyed a game as much as this, and I think that for the family market this game is exceptionally well conceived, and no doubt it will appeal to adults too.
As I have explained we have experienced a couple of minor niggles with the game, a few bugs were a little annoying and I do wonder if the interactive card could have been thought through a little better - it is aiming to be 3-D, as a flat card with a handle cut out on the back, presumably so it will fit in the cd box, but it could be much better design. If I were being really picky I would say it is a shame that the pet seems to be fed mainly cookies - hardly healthy eating, though we do now have strawberry and blueberry ones since we got our pet to grow some fruit, so maybe in time, and with some add ons, our pet will have a more balanced diet.
Time will tell if the game has longevity or not, but for the moment, we are all rather taken with it, and I am certainly impressed, and the girls' imagination has been captured by it in a way no other game has achieved - both asked to see their pet as soon as they got up in the morning on the second day of ownership - and so far he has been played with lots.
This game has proved to be more than a little bit addictive, I really think it is a very appealing game, I hope that I have given you a taster of quite how exciting this game is, it really is magical and Sony have done a fantastic job in coming up with this concept.
I think this game is amazing, I predict that it will be a huge success this Christmas, my advice is buy one now!
We bought the game for £29.99 from Sainsbury's, it is also available at amazon, currently priced at £24.99, game only for £14.99.
(previous version of this on ciao in my name)