Wonderbook: Book of Spells was perhaps not the big hit Sony hoped it would be, however that didn't stop my kids loving it and it's certainly not stopped Sony from supporting the brilliant tech, as seen by the impending release of Diggs Nightcrawler, the latest 'story' to be released for the game.
While Book of Spells was all about casting spells and keeping children's attention, Diggs Nightcrawler plays more on their sense of humour, while also keeping their attention by having them interact with the story. My helper to preview the first chapter of this latest tale was my six year old daughter. As I usually do with games such as this, I let her take control, with me taking an observers role. Not once did I have to intervene, which to me not only shows how well the book explains instructions, but also shows just how well it works.
Digg's Nightcrawler takes a much different approach from Book of Spells. The story sees you help a detective known as Diggs to investigate a crime after his friend, Humpty, is pushed from a wall. Unfortunately, Digg is soon framed for the crime himself, leaving him to escape from the cops (who happen to be pigs) and try to solve the crime, while also proving his innocence.
The players comes in by helping Diggs throughout the story, this involves the likes of rotating the book to choose his path as he chases suspects, or shouting at certain set-pieces to enable him to carry out deeds to help him escape (i.e you need to should when the cop is looking in the cellar, at which point Digg will push him in).
I have to say that the game does seems very clever. While Book of Spells generally had you touch the Wonderbook only to tip it up or to turn the page, here you perform actions such as rotating the book to reveal different scenes; tipping the book up to provide Diggs with more light and moving the book from side to side in order to help Digg escape from the cops. What's great about all of this is that the game never seems to mind, providing that you keep the Wonderbook in view of the camera, and it has to be said that not once did my daughter encounter any issues, even though she was exaggerating every movement she made with the Wonderbook.
We will obviously be reviewing the game at some point in the future, hence the reason for not going into the story too much. What I do want to make clear though is that this game works, there are no issues with it whatsoever, so if you do have a Wonderbook at home or are considering one, then impressions from what me and my daughter have played so far suggest that you will have no issues whatsoever. What more can you ask than that?
Wonderbook: Digg's Nightcrawler is released May 29. My daughter can't wait.