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POSTED 18/11/10


KINECT ADVENTURES!

Microsoft
Xbox 360/Kinect

Well, after this experience, if Microsoft takes over the world with Kinect as they’re plotting, ‘gamer physique’ may become a thing of history. This gizmo causes serious ‘e’ words… exertion, effort, exercise... eep!

It quickly becomes apparent why Kinect Adventures! is the pack-in for this new-fangled controller-less gaming thang. It’s a good demo of the tech’s capabilities (show-off material’s always good), gives the appearance of causing activeness (because it does!) – thus making parental units think they’re doing a Good Thing for their kids by buying - and ultimately it couldn’t justify a standalone price tag.

It may not be deep, yet via five mini-game variations Kinect Adventures! engages through its playful vibe and ability to get bodies off the couch. Mind you, if you could see the heaving, sweaty mass clacking this review out you’d likely call for the thing to be banned.

The tech works, but can get tetchy about where you stand in the footy field you’ve cleared for it. But it’s early days.

As for the mini-games, there’s ‘Rallyball’, a brickout-with-big-balls thing (stop that!); obstacle courses (‘Reflex Ridge’) where you jump, duck and shimmy; barrelling down rapids and hurtling through the air in an inflatable raft (‘River Rush’); plugging leaks in a terrifying underwater glass cage (a big cheerio to all those claustrophobics reading) in ’20,000 Leaks’ (that pun’s so bad we’re surprised we didn’t come up with it) and, finally, weightless bubble bursting (‘Space Pop’).

You collect things or beat timers to unlock harder variations on these themes, all the while having photos snapped of you in compromising possies. Microsoft better not be into sneaky Googlesque data collection-type shit…

Kinect Adventures! is an amusing, if only briefly diverting, workout for both the Kinect and anybody who plays it.

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