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'Spirit Camera' scares up some fun

Apr 24, 2012

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Spirit CameraEat your heart out Ghostbusters. The handheld Nintendo 3DS can do everything your proton packs can do and more. Tecmo Koei's 'Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir' puts the power of busting those wayward spirits in the hands of everyday gamers.

A virtual reality game like none you have yet experienced, the 'Spirit Camera' of the title is your 3DS. As the Camera Obscura, your 3DS can identify, locate and fend off ghastly spirits when it interacts with the world around you or a 16 page ancient diary - an AR book - that comes with the game.

Assisting a friendly phantom who acts as your guide to the spirit world, you help rescue her and other spirits imprisoned in the diary by The Woman in Black, a powerful and cruel spectre. You will do so by viewing your surroundings or a virtual environment such as a creepy mansion through the stereoscopic camera or interacting with pages of the diary.

Spirit Camera Spirit Camera The game has its fair share of creepy moments. Spooks materialize from the walls of your room, the windows of your house, wherever you happen to be playing. Bloodied hands, ghouls and other nasties burst through the pages of the diary. The pages of the diary itself tear, undulate and transform right before your very eyes.

One of the coolest moments is when you tilt the camera causing items to slide across one of the diary pages. Neat. All of the atmospheric gimmicks work well even if they are obviously staged at times. You know something is about to happen. You just don't know how or when.

Spirit Camera In order for 'Camera' to be effective, you must play it in a well lit room. Scanning the diary can be troublesome if you don't have enough light. Much of the game also requires you to frequently scan your environment to battle those ghouls. You will find yourself physically turning around and looking around as you try to locate your hiding target. All that whirling can test your patience and quite frankly, your endurance too.

Besides the story campaign, there are some mini-games involving driving spirits out of a haunted house and ones utilizing the diary in various ways. Not too shabby.

If you are looking for something that's irrefutably unusual or are a fan of Japanese horror, the imaginative 'Spirit Camera' will satisfy your craving for the spooky and the fantastic. This kind of bustin' will definitely make you feel good.

 

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Format: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Tecmo Koei / Nintendo
ESRB Rating: T for Teen
Official Site: http://www.spiritcamera.nintendo.com/
Rating: 7 / 10

 
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