Developer: London Studios
Publisher: SCEE
Release Date: Out Now
Players: One, multiple EyePets may be kept.
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You may well have played the delightful full-blown EyePet on the PS3 already and be wondering how exactly they’re going to cram all the things you can do with an EyePet onto the PSP. Obviously this miniaturised version doesn’t have any motion sensing ability but instead uses the PSP camera and a “magic card” to project the EyePet into real life settings, whether it’s your living room carpet or back garden. Much of the game is dependent on the magic card, so you’d better look after it. If the camera strays too far away from the magic card, the EyePet is gathered up in a bubble until the magic card comes into view again.

A friendly Professor talks you through everything you need to know to keep your Eyepet healthy and happy. Once you’ve hatched your EyePet by gently warming and rocking its egg, you choose a name for it and you can then enter its home - in here you’ll find a photo gallery and the areas for styling, feeding, washing and viewing any awards you might win. You’ll probably head straight to the styling section where you can change your EyePet’s appearance by fur length, colour, and even style, (like a lion, a pony or even a punk). You can also dress it up in the clothes that you’ll win for completing games and you’ll even be given an item of clothing just for turning up every day. You can also record your special pet call, view the aquarium (stocked with fish that you can catch in a mini-game), view the diary which keeps a record of the time spent with your EyePet, view the drawings that you can teach your EyePet, play with the toy car or put your EyePet to bed.

You can take the pet outside using the magic card. Once outside you can do a health check, scan your EyePet’s head, heart, tummy and muscles and play different variations of bowling, sailing, flower growing, treasure hunt games and fishing games. They’re all nice and easy to play and some games use the PSP microphone in a clever way, for instance, you blow into the mic to make the toy ship sail or to set the EyePet rolling.

I think London Studios have done a great job of making the portable version of the Eyepet as cute and endearing as its full-sized PS3 incarnation. With obvious limitations to the gameplay the portable Eyepet is almost as much fun to own, probably easier to play with and will give you a pretty fair idea of whether your child is really capable of looking after that pet hamster/ gerbil/kitten/puppy/rabbit/meerkat/wolverine they’ve been nagging you for, right down to the fact that if the Eyepet is neglected for a couple of days, it will sulk and disappear and you’ll need to call it and coax it back again. And the bottom line; finally here's a pet you can take on the bus/train plane without too much hassle.

Best Bits

- Cute and easy to individualise.
- No vet bills.
Worst Bits

- May be a bit too fiddly for the target audience.
- Mini-games could have been more varied.

by: Diddly

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