Thanks to cut-scenes depicting real life locations and your own surroundings appearing on-screen via the PSP Camera, Invizimals: Shadow Zone feels alive with real world possibilities. Missions take you all over the planet in the blink of an eye – European culture one second, the jungles of Central America the next – so, for younger gamers, there’s an educational element to go with the fresh approach. The aim is to explore far flung corners of the globe on the trail of the ancient Invizimals of mythology, taking part in tournaments that pit your Invizimals against those of other hunters in a bid to rise through the ranks of the Alliance (the new international network of Invizimals hunters).
As you make a name for yourself in the Alliance, you gain access to new privileges and rewards that help you with your quest. But first you must master the art of Invizimals battle, and the four types of attacks available to you: medium, strong, fast and powerful vector attacks. A well fought encounter is one which uses a good balance of all four attacks along with careful blocking. This might see you soften up an enemy with a quick combination of medium and fast strikes, before finishing them off with the earthquake vector attack, which has you shaking your PSP to simulate the ground splitting apart.
As you win skirmishes you gain Watts, the experience points which enhance your Invizimals. Amass enough Watts and you’ll have a mighty army of Invizimals ready to sweep you up through the Alliance rankings, and along on your journey of discovery.