EyeToy Monkey Mania

PS2
Release date: 18 March 2005
Developer: SCEI
Publisher: SCEE

Overview

Join those crazy Ape Escape monkeys on Freaky Floaty Island for over 50 totally manic EyeToy minigames!

Are you all ready for the craziest EyeToy game yet? Those pant-wearing Ape Escape monkeys have invited you and your friends to join them on Freaky Floaty Island for a manic minigame party!

You and up to three other cheeky monkeys can explore the island, befriending Pipo monkeys, collecting crazy items, and finding new costumes for your personal monkey pal along the way. So go on, show off your best monkey moves and have loads of fun! Did we mention the monkeys?

EyeToy: Monkey lets up to four players compete for precious Pipo monkeys on the board game-like Freaky Floaty Island. As you move around the island, you'll come across all sorts of traps, bonuses, penalties, obstacles, and, of course, wacky minigames that can affect both your monkey character and your fellow simian competitors.

Thanks to the fantastic EyeToy Camera, all four players can appear on screen at once and interact directly with the characters and environments to compete for simian supremacy! You'll be going bananas in games such as Simian Stylist, Hide The Banana!, Exploding Pant Challenge, Rolling Snowball, Pant Puller, and many, many more.

If you haven't got time to play a full board game, every game you've unlocked can be played individually. So whether you feel the need to guide a huge snowball safely along a treacherous mountain path, engage in a frantic game of air hockey, or indulge in any of the 48 other frantic challenges, what kind of monkey business you get up to is entirely up to you.

 

  • Play 50 crazy minigames, all packed full of monkey madness!


  • Features simultaneous play for up to four players


  • Use your body to control the characters and environments


  • Compete against your friends in board game-style environments


 

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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.


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