Invizimals: The Alliance/ Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom Vita/PS3; Sony, cert 7
(Observer (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A double bill of sorts sees The Alliance encouraging children to run around with the Vita camera to find colours, surfaces and sounds that unlock creatures within the game, while the more sedentary, but no less involving, The Lost Kingdom presents a platform adventure requiring the use of different Invizimals to solve problems. Playable entirely separately, the pair come together for a battle mode offering a four-player "cross-play" challenge. Beyond this crossover, however, it's the periphery elements of Invizimals that make it more than a simple video-game refresh. There's a TV show coming, and collectible stickers, both of which unlock new creatures when placed in front of the Vita camera. Although the Vita's features are less of a novelty now, Invizimals (pictured above) still plays to them well, making extensive use of touch screen, microphone and camera, while Brian Blessed's in-game presence as Professor Dawson underlines the high production values Sony have invested in the titles. Andy Robertson
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