|Release date:||4 July 2003|
A dozen fantastic new games for the stunning PS2 camera peripheral that are guaranteed to get any party started
EyeToy: Play is the first games compilation for EyeToy, the revolutionary new USB camera device for PS2 that detects your body movement and allows you to interact with the onscreen action. Play offers up 12 hugely enjoyable party games that involve anything from cleaning windows to fending off fearsome ninja adversaries. Up to four players can play consecutively in the multiplayer league, although you can squeeze as many personalised profiles for people as you like onto your Memory Card (complete with photos!). In addition, you can make sure that there's always something on TV with a selection of mind-boggling Play Room visual effects, and record messages for your friends with the Video Message function. Wherever there's a party to be had, or you just fancy a entertaining night in with your friends or family, EyeToy: Play is guaranteed to keep you amused for hours.
Those 12 games in full:
Beat Freak: Hit the CDs as they fly towards the four onscreen speakers in time with the music to build up big combos and massive scores.
Kung Foo: Become an unstoppable martial arts machine and fend off the incoming ninja menaces with your best moves.
Wishi Washi: Clean as many windows as you can in two minutes, but beware of those stubborn bird poo stains!
Keep Ups: Keep the football in the air using your body and strike the characters that appear for points and power-ups.
Boxing Chump: Step into the ring and show the mighty Big Robo Bro who's boss by punching his LEDs out.
UFO Juggler: Spin the flying saucers that appear into orbit while fending off attacks from the evil Wonton.
Slap Stream: You'll literally have your head in the clouds as you try to rescue the bunny girls from the vile Ratmen - by giving them a good slapping, obviously.
Plate Spinner: Head to the jungle and keep the plates spinning on poles - but be sure to slap away the mischievous Ba-Boons who are trying to send them whizzing off.
Boogie Down: A serious test of your rhythmic and memory skills. Watch as disco diva QT performs a dance sequence, and then attempt to replicate it with perfect timing.
Ghost Catcher: Fill the ghosts with air and pop them before they can escape from the graveyard by repeatedly waving your hands over the offending spooks.
Mirror Time: Pop the green bubbles and avoid the red bubbles in the corners as the screen flips and rotates to really mess with your mind.
Rocket Rumble: Chain together the fireworks that blast onto the screen and detonate them to create a fantastic display of pyrotechnics.
In addition to this bumper crop of weird and wonderful games, EyeToy: Play also features a couple of bonus modes that'll ensure you'll never get bored of spending time in front of the camera:
Video Messages: Record messages onto your PS2's Memory Card and exchange them with your fellow EyeToy: Play owning friends and family for maximum laughs. Videos can range from 10 to 60 seconds, and the EyeToy's in-built mic means that you won't have to communicate via the medium of mime. Although you can if you really want to.
Play Room: A selection of magical screen filter effects that serve no purpose other than to amuse. Swimming underwater, getting chased by spiders and bees, playing with balloons and materialising from thin air are just a few of the mind-boggling special effects on offer.
If you're still wondering whether to grab an EyeToy or not then you really should stop. The simple fact is that you really haven't seen anything like this before - it's a truly revolutionary product. EyeToy: Play is the perfect demonstration of the diverse range of applications that this seemingly limited (if technically amazing) peripheral can offer. The true beauty of all of Play's games is that literally anyone, no matter how young and old, will be able to have a good go at them regardless of their general video gaming skills. With no DualShock to get in the way, everyone's on equal footing, so there's every possibility that you could lose to your grandparents (or beat your grandchildren!). Don't say that we didn't warn you.
- 12 diverse, amusing, entertaining games
- Store movie clips to your Memory Card with Video Messages
- Interact with amazing on-screen effects in the Play Room
- Use your body to play - no controller required
- Genuinely suitable for all ages
Get fit with EyeToy
Fancy spicing up your fitness regime with a spot of martial arts? Give EyeToy: Kinetic Combat a workout.
The original EyeToy: Kinetic combined the motion-sensing technology of EyeToy with a holistic fitness regime that really worked - and now it has a follow-up in the (perfectly toned) shape of EyeToy: Kinetic Combat. Expanding on its predecessor's aims, Kinetic Combat provides a fresh workout, this time inspired by martial arts - and the results are certainly striking.
The art of Shaolin
It's worth noting that nobody should be put off by use of the term 'combat'. While Kinetic Combat does indeed allow you to take part in simulated sparring sessions, this title focuses on much more than just that, allowing for the expansion of your health and fitness regime while teaching some of the fundamentals of martial arts. The roots of the game rest within the ancient art of Hun Gar Kung Fu, a 17th century discipline used by Shaolin monks and offered in many modern exercise classes. Hun Gar is primarily used for increasing fitness, but also includes a range of kicking, punching and movement techniques that gives a total body work out.
As with the original Kinetic, instructors Matt and Anna can be selected to help you through a one-on-one fitness programme, along with a new martial arts specific trainer, Leon. The idea is that you follow your chosen trainer's on-screen moves, matching them via a traced body outline. Your mimicry is tracked by the EyeToy Camera, allowing the game to notice if you are performing a move correctly, and provide personal feedback on your performance.
With over 200 separate Hung Gar Kung Fu moves, the routine is separated into four animal styles; dragon (a gentle introduction), tiger (strength through cardiovascular fitness), mantis (agility and balance), and phoenix (a combination of all prior lessons). Once a specific set of moves is learned, Kinetic Combat tests you via a series of mini-games like hitting on-screen sensors using your newly acquired techniques, and sparring sessions against the relevant animal opponent. Each one comprehensively gauges your skills, forcing you to duck, weave and strike your way to a better grade.
An inexhaustible trainer
Kinetic Combat is wonderfully professional, and despite its relatively serious fitness slant, plenty of fun. There's plenty of scope to enjoy it in the way that suits you best, too: Personal Trainer Mode takes you through a 16-week fitness programme, Freestyle allows for a more custom-built workout, the Quick Play mode contains a number of one-off games that can be played competitively against friends and family, offering a less goal-oriented way of getting exercise.
It works perfectly towards providing something for those looking to increase their exercise routine, or just get fit without hassle. Kinetic Combat's interactivity and feedback options provide a more personalised work out than a fitness DVD, and there's none of the irritating predictability that comes with the typical exercise video.
EyeToy: Kinetic Combat ticks all the right boxes; it's deep, fresh, involving and teaches something that's not only fun but beneficial. Who says videogames are unhealthy? This should certainly change a fair few minds - and bodies - for the better.