Freeverse Software on Friday announced ToySight Gold, a new version of their collection of camera-controlled games for the Mac. ToySight Gold will hit store shelves before the end of the month for US$24.95.
ToySight Gold works with any iSight or FireWire-based video camera, and Freeverse said it’s perfect for new iMac G5s with built-in iSights. You use your body and motion to control what’s happening on the screen. Sometimes, you’re a direct participant in the on-screen action, too.
ToySight Gold includes a total of 15 games and activities for one or two players — SkyDiver, for example, in which you’re a skydiver trying to land as close to a target as possible, and PieSight, where you have to splatter monkeys with custard pies before they throw bananas at you. Toy War creates a “digital replica” of what the camera sees, then places it in an arena where it battles another toy supplied by a friend.
Submarines lets you and another opponent square off as you move subs back and forth on either side of an island, firing missiles as you go. Tennis Xtreme isn’t tennis in the true sense, because you and a friend are battling with tanks instead of paddles, volleying a ticking time bomb.
There are also more games and “toys” that let you interact with special effects as ToySight Gold mixes video of you with other content.
ToySight Gold requires Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later, a G3/400MHz or faster, 256MB RAM, 200MB hard disk space, and an iSight or FireWire-based video camera.
Users who already purchased the original ToySight can upgrade to ToySight Gold by buying the ToySight Gold Expansion Pack and downloading it from Freeverse’s Web site. The expansion pack costs $9.95.