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July 26, 2005
SpyToy - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
20/10/2005SonySCEE London1-4$99.95 with camera
$59.95 without

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The codebreaker mini-game.
The Eye Toy has been an interesting device on the Playstation 2. The initial package and Eye Toy: Play disc was a very original and refreshing set of mini-games that demonstrated the true potential of using the human body as the interface for games and entertainment. Eye Toy: Play 2 followed as well as a couple of other Eye Toy mini-game packages. Sadly there hasn't been much else. In fact in the last year the most fun we've had is using the camera in combination with Digimask in several sports titles to see ourselves running around in games. Now Sony Europe are about to try something different with SpyToy, and program which virtually acts as a security system.

SpyToy offers a variety of ‘Surveillance Modes’ that makes for a fun security system. With new ‘face-recognition’ technology, SpyToy allows you to create unique profiles that you, and only you, can unlock! Monitor who goes in and out of your room and leave a personalised alarm for that sibling who’s always ‘borrowing’ your personal things. Make video and audio recordings of the evidence that you can later store onto Memory Card, where it can be fast forwarded, rewound, played in slow motion and edited to suit your mission.

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Sky diving.
As well as surveillance, SpyToy also offers a suite of games, all themed around and inspired by the world of espionage. Players will have to negotiate missions where they will need to use photo fit, break codes, sky dive and zoom into locations via satellite to try and uncover a criminal mastermind intent on taking over the world!

SpyToy also allows you to capture digital still images of your targets, while new and improved technology doubles the EyeToy’s photo resolution to 640x480, delivering fantastic picture quality! All-in-all this looks like a fun addition to the PS2's Eye Toy titles, although exactly how much longevity the title remains to be seen. Expect a release in October.