EyeToy Play: Astro Zoo
The latest addition to the EyeToy franchise
arrives on the PlayStation 2 entitled "Astro Zoo" that contains the
greatest collection of Earth animals to have been collected.
Unfortunately for the Zoo, disaster strikes and all the animals are now
on the loose thanks to a meteor shower. The gamer... well, the young
gamer is transformed into a Space ZooKeeper and their job is round up
all the animals before the opening day.
The EyeToy franchise has always been
targetted towards children and this current incarnation is much the
same. The player uses a USB camera that has been connected to the
PlayStation 2 which allows them to interact with the gaming environment
thanks to the motion sensor software. Feeding squirrels or catching
frozen bunny rabbits are just some of the games of this current version
of the popular EyeToy franchise. There are virtually a myriad of
mini-games in this title that will have the younger gamer coming back
for more. For the older gamer, I would avoid this title like the plagued
as it's definitely a children's game.
Graphically, the title is rather simplistic
as the majority of the screen is taken up by the gamer itself. Needless
to say, all the animations are bright and look like they have been taken
from a Saturday morning cartoon show with some great cell-shading
effects. Match that with some catchy music and some sometimes extremely
repetitive sound effects and this title will definitely keep the younger
In conclusion, EyeToy Play: Astro Zoo is a
simplistic EyeToy game that does not provide anything new to the genre
and the games are rather similar to the previous versions. Definitely a
good Christmas present for the younger gamer!