Freeverse Software is collaborating with developer Strange Flavour to bring iSight (and other DV camera) users one of the most unusual games we’ve seen in a while:
ToySight, a game that puts you — more specifically, your image, as captured by your iSight or DV camera — at the center of the action. On Wednesday Freeverse offered details about what mini-games will be included with ToySight when it ships.
Single player games will include The Plank, in which you balance a motorized plank to catch falling marbles, arranging them into similar color patterns in rows of three to clear them away. Don’t stack the marbles too high or the plank will collapse. The Owl and the Pussycat puts you in charge of flapping the owl’s wings to take the cat on a flight, collecting gold coins and avoiding bad guys. Marble Factory pits you against invading alien hordes; you use your laser weapon to blast them, as long as the laser matches their color.
Freefall is a skydiving game in which you control the skydiver using sliders; grab bonus balloons and form rings on your way to the Landing Zone. PieSight has you throwing pies at monkeys deep in the jungle, as you avoid being struck by their ballistic bananas. And Volcano God puts you in the eponymous role as you protect your villagers, help them cultivate the land and demand pilgrimage from them.
ToySight also includes two player games, including Submarines, where you fire missiles at the other player and collect powerups. Toy Wars and Tennis Xtreme round out the multiplayer offerings.
ToySight will require Mac OS X and a FireWire-based camera. It’s coming late in 2003 or early in 2004, and will cost US$34.95.
In related news, Freeverse also announced Wednesday its “Free Turkey for Thanksgiving” promotion, which runs through December 4. Between now and then, anyone in North America who buys a copy of Freeverse’s new scrolling shooter Active Lancer from the Freeverse Store will automatically receive a free turkey. In this case, “turkey” is defined as Payback, which Freeverse describes as “the ultraviolent and lackluster-selling game of car thievery and mayhem.”