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,
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
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.