Similar to the PS3 game, EyePet
Adventures on the PSP requires players to use the camera on this
portable console to interact with the real-world in this
augmented reality title. At its core, EyePet Adventures allows
gamers to interact with a virtual pet and play a variety of
mini-games with them, including a few too many exploring
Even though title is aimed at the
younger gamer, it's great that Sony are releasing titles suited
for children and with Christmas just around the corner, EyePet
Adventures does a good job at child-friendly gaming. The game
also comes with a "Magic Card" with a paw print on it which
allows the player to interact with the EyePet and the EyePet to
interact with the real-world.
Apart from the augmented reality,
the controls of the PSP work well and it's easy to interact with
the virtual pets, including the EyePet ship when you explore.
Unfortunately I found these exploring scenes a little dull and
wanted to go play with my EyePet instead. So what about the
Story wise, the younger gamer is
indoctrinated into the EyePet Explorer's Club which requires the
player and their pets to go on virtual adventures. Thankfully
the first level of this game introduces the player to the gaming
mechanics in a tutorial-like level to teach them the controls
and how to best use the card.
However for the most part, you'll
be pointing the camera at the Magic Card which is then
recognised by the PSP and it then creates the illusion that the
EyePet is actually there. It's quite a cool effect.
Your adventures will also take you
to strange underground places as you pilot your EyePet ship
through a rather generic environment in order to collect EyePet
coins and other items for your EyePets. Coins can also be used
to upgrade your ships to assist you in exploring such as adding
radars and other interesting additions.
There is quite a bit of unlockable
content in the game as you explore but where the crux of the
gameplay revolves is inside your ship where you interact with
your virtual pet.
This is where you feed your EyePet,
make them go to sleep or play games with them. Kids will love
interacting with the EyePets, especially buying them new
costumes and items.
There is also a handful of AR games
that use the camera on the PSP such as shooting games and other
games that interact with your environment. It's really fun
seeing your card become a castle or even a target range for the
virtual interaction. The balloon game is probably the best
mini-game in EyePet Adventures that requires you to shoot a
myriad of coloured balloons.
Graphically, the title looks a
little basic on the PSP but there are some good special effects
used, especially with the EyePet in the real-world. Sound
effects are okay as is the musical score which helps enhance the
Although we've seen many of these games on the 3DS before, the
EyePet Adventures does have a little more substance but overall,
something feels missing in this collection. It seems like a
collection of mini-games with exploring used to link it all
together and unfortunately the two genres just don't mesh that
well. For me however, it was a little too generic and a tad
boring. Let's hope fans of this series will think otherwise.