Eye Pet


By: Morgan Bates    On: PlayStation 3
Published: Thursday 29 Oct 2009 10:00 AM
 
 
 
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Sony’s latest venture into the virtual pet world is one of the most advanced I’ve seen - and having played almost every creature-related title and owning several Tamagotchis, among various other virtual pets, I jumped at the chance to take an Eye Pet home.

The initial setup required a lot more room than most titles - even Wii games can be played with minimal space. Eye Pet, however, said outright that you should play on the living room floor; this isn’t something you can set up on a desk to play, unless it’s an exceptionally large desk. However, after moving the monitor, clearing some space and making a lot of noise, I was ready to play.

Once you’ve set it up based on the game’s strict instructions, the game kicks off in typical virtual pet style: by naming it, dressing it, and learning a few pet care basics such as washing, feeding and exercise. Your pet’s health is monitored from the Eye Pet menu along with all the various activities you can do with your pet. It’s a good idea to keep a close eye on their health and send off a report whenever you scan it. After sending the reports, you'll get feedback and a new item - and occasionally a trophy.

When interacting with the Eye Pet – scanning its health, feeding, or bath – the Magic Card comes into play. Coupled with the PlayStation Eye, it allows you to use tools, such as a sprinkler or shampoo for showers and a scanner for monitoring your pet’s health. When playing with toys such as the virtual trampoline or bubble generator, you can move them around by moving the magic card.

The games and assorted challenges are essentially mini-games, some involve making your Eye Pet jumping to catch food, running around, and having photos taken. One of the more interesting activities to do is teaching your pet to draw. The game gives you a picture to draw, and the Eye Pet will copy your version of the picture. As you progress, more games and challenges become available, including an extension of the drawing in which your pet creates a 3D version of the picture.

Completing the pictures based on the game's instructions unlocks prizes, typically a piece of new clothing or a toy. However, if you're feeling especially creative or just looking to kill some time, you can draw anything and your pet will recreate it.

The pictures you draw can also be put on your Eye Pet’s clothes, and styling your pet is half the fun. There’s even a small Eye Pet store on PlayStation Network to buy new clothes, where there's a free clothes pack to download - doing so scores you one of the title’s trophies.

When it comes to human/pet interaction such as petting or abuse, Sony’s London Studio has been careful to avoid letting people really knock around the Eye Pet: you can’t kick or slap it, however you can tickle and pet your Eye Pet and watch it roll around.

Eye Pet is one of the most innovative virtual pet titles around, and a seemingly natural step in the evolution of the genre. Although it’s marketed towards the kids, even adult gamers may find a spot in their collection for this innovative little pet simulation.


The Score

Eye Pet
"Best Virtual Pet ever."
8.0
Great
Rating: G   Difficulty: Easy   Learning Curve: 15 Min

 

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SpawnSeekSlay NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 29 Oct 2009 7:29 PM Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
5mins of fun, but I still want one lol and for $80 incl camera (camera by self $65) its good value.
 
 
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Mr.Deflok
On Thursday 29 Oct 2009 9:38 PM Posted by Mr.Deflok
Nice review! But the game is actually called EyePet, no space, I guess 'cause spaces are for lamers.
 
 
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guido NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 29 Oct 2009 10:18 PM Posted by guido
29 October 2009, 07:29 PM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
5mins of fun, but I still want one lol and for $80 incl camera (camera by self $65) its good value.
The bundle is a good deal and you can use the camera for other things for example it works well for voice chat and of course it'll be required for Sonys motion controllers. I already have a camera so I'll prob just rent It out for a laugh :-)
 
 
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ChatterboxZombie
On Thursday 29 Oct 2009 11:26 PM Posted by ChatterboxZombie
"and owning several Tamagotchis,"

About that point i thought "your opinion is no longer valid" and stopped reading
 
 
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tnzk
On Friday 30 Oct 2009 12:46 AM Posted by tnzk
Yeah my fams got one now lol
 
 
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Munkah NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Friday 30 Oct 2009 1:18 PM Posted by Munkah
29 October 2009, 11:26 PM Reply to ChatterboxZombie
"and owning several Tamagotchis,"

About that point i thought "your opinion is no longer valid" and stopped reading
You missed the juicy parts.
 
 
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ObviousJosh
On Friday 30 Oct 2009 6:13 PM Posted by ObviousJosh
29 October 2009, 07:29 PM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
5mins of fun, but I still want one lol and for $80 incl camera (camera by self $65) its good value.
That's probably what i'll do too. Buy the game so I get the camera and a small game on the side to play when I don't have much time to play.
 
 
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Omg_a_kid_with_GTA
On Friday 30 Oct 2009 8:49 PM Posted by Omg_a_kid_with_GTA
But so cute!.
 
 
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Gazza22 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Sunday 1 Nov 2009 4:31 PM Posted by Gazza22
Brought it for my lil bro on his b-day. (Honest) Quite a amazing piece of software. It really is, wasn't expecting much. But it really works.
 
 
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stevenz
On Monday 2 Nov 2009 12:58 PM Posted by stevenz
I got the camera with Eye of Judgement, making this game unjustifiably expensive. It should be available as a PSN title, I see little to justify it as a retail item unless it _is_ being sold as a package with the camera.

Presumably the "magic card" could be printed out or something.
 
 
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Munkah NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Tuesday 3 Nov 2009 8:49 AM Posted by Munkah
2 November 2009, 12:58 PM Reply to stevenz
I got the camera with Eye of Judgement, making this game unjustifiably expensive. It should be available as a PSN title, I see little to justify it as a retail item unless it _is_ being sold as a package with the camera.

Presumably the "magic card" could be printed out or something.
I think they're selling it in both software with magic card, and camera bundles.
 
 
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nimrod76 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Friday 13 Nov 2009 7:32 PM Posted by nimrod76
Might pick this up at some point, will entertain the kids no end
 
 
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p-nutt3r NZGamer.com VIP VIP
On Monday 16 Nov 2009 10:25 AM Posted by p-nutt3r
13 November 2009, 07:32 PM Reply to nimrod76
Might pick this up at some point, will entertain the kids no end
Yep.
 
 
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Soyerz
On Monday 1 Mar 2010 6:07 PM Posted by Soyerz
-Yawn- Nice try for Sony. Kids might like it I guess.
 
 
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