Tori-Emaki is an interactive screensaver for the PlayStation 3 which allows you to control a flock of birds and navigate a picturesque landscape, illustrated in the style of ancient Japanese art. Read on for our review and a video of Tori-Emaki in action.
The game uses the PlayStation Eye to track the position of your hand, translating it to a cursor on the screen which the birds will constantly follow and circle, allowing you to navigate the 2.5D environment.
Tori-Emaki outputs in 1080p, and the artwork looks absolutely fantastic. The sound is beautifully done - a minimal soundscape with flutters of pan-pipes and ethnic percussion, evolving as you move around and see different things.
Of course, a video conveys 10,000 words…
It’s perfectly executed, and definitely interesting to experience - but it’s just not going to keep you entertained for long. On the other hand, if you’re looking to show off the PlayStation Eye to your less geeky friends, Tori-Emaki is far more appropriate than Eye of Judgment.
The only question is whether the price is under your acceptable threshold for a relatively throwaway purchase, which I can’t help you with…other than actually telling you the price, that is. Tori-Emaki is currently available in the PlayStation Store for the UK (£1.99), Australia (AUD$4.95), and Europe (€2,99).