A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game lets you take care of a virtual pet, which includes feeding, cleaning, dressing, and playing with the furry creature. You're encouraged to gently pet it instead of being rough with it.
Positive Role Models
Kids will see themselves, and perhaps their friends or siblings, on the screen because of the camera (required to play) and will watch the virtual pet respond to their actions. If you are gentle and kind, you get positive feedback from the pet. The EyePet is an innocent baby pet who is exploring its little world.
Ease of Play
The game takes a little while to set up, such as connecting the camera and setting it up, calibrating the motion-sensing PlayStation Move controller, and so on. But after that, the game is easy to control. A silly character, who resembles a scientist, helps guide you along at the beginning of the game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that EyePet is a cute life simulation game for younger players. Using "augmented reality" technology, which makes it look like the creature is in your family room, kids can interact with the furry creature in a number of ways. There is no controversial content in this game, whatsoever. It's also ideal for siblings to play together, but at least one will need good enough motor skills to use the wireless Move controller to select menus, and such. In-game photos and videos can be shared with other, if you so choose. Parents of children might not want to exercise this option, and might want to keep their children from looking at others' photos.
Is It Any Good?
EyePet is a clever game that takes full advantage of the new PlayStation Move and PlayStation Eye peripherals. The little rascal, which you can name and dress, is adorable, so kids (and mom and dad) might grow attached to the furry pet. While it didn't work all the time, one of the more impressive features is a sketchbook that lets you draw something on a piece of paper, hold it up to the camera and within a few seconds the EyePet will pull out some crayons and replicate it for you. You'll also be instructed to draw specific items -- such as a biplane, robot, RC car, puppet, and so forth -- and not only will the EyePet recreate it but it will turn into a 3-D object for your pet to play with. Because of its clever "virtual" interaction, high-definition graphics, and plenty of objects and challenges, kids and young tweens (and both boys and girls) should enjoy this PS3 exclusive.
Online interaction: You can't play the game online but it's possible to download extra content from the PlayStation Store. Plus, be aware you can look at uploaded photos and videos of gamers with their EyePet, therefore it's possible (but not probable) you could see inappropriate imagery. There is a "Report" option if you see something you don't like in other people's photos. This is an optional activity that families might want to avoid since uploaded photos can include photos of your children.
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