A Video Game Review: Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Adventures

What to say about this video game. I really don’t know what I was expecting when I stepped up to play this Kinect video game title. One thing I was sure of was that it would be different. As it turns out I was not wrong about that at all! Kinect Adventures is a great game. It utilizes body movement and placement via the Kinect sensor to enable you to complete ‘tasks’ and “adventures”. There are a variety of activities that you can partake in and they vary in degrees of activity, but all are guaranteed to make you participate. All together there are 20 overall adventures for the player to complete, and the average person can’t or won’t do that in one sitting! Trust me on this one, it’s a lot more physically demanding than you would expect.The first discussed of the activities included in Kinect Adventures would be “River Rush” (Rafting).It is fun to play solo…. more fun to play with a friend. Did I mention Adventures is 100% 2 player completable.The controls (you) is responsive, there is no lag or unresponsiveness. Perhaps a little sluggish to pick up an intended sharp turn, and then too quick to complete the direction once made. Other than that, (which could just be me) Rush down a raging river on your raft, lean to avoid rocks and hit ramps. Jump to catch serious air, float on, and bounce from cloud to cloud, you name it. And of course it has the ever popular… Collection of coins!! It gets a big thumbs from me for coolness.”Rallyball” Some sort of space age Paddleball type of brick breaking game.You serve the ball to break the bricks, but the ball bounces back.Your job? keep it in play and keep it breaking bricks, til there all gone. Sounds easy right?, flaming return serves and multiball launches don’t make this a walk in the park. Drawbacks, once again I almost felt like I needed to anticipate the movements of the ball and my swings or blocks ahead of a realtime experience. Not a great deal mind you, certainly not enough to dampen any enjoyment I was having. Just enough to make worth mentioning.”Reflex Ridge” Aaargh here’s the real workout! Basically Reflex ridge is a video gamers nightmare. A “gauntlet” of padded bumpers to duck under, jump over, side step and just generally avoid. Add pull bars to increase speed and Coins collection to the equation and you got yourself “Reflex Ridge”. Unlike Rallyball I found that although extreme energy and quick reflex actions were required there did not seem to be any movement or control issues. (Maybe it was just me) Either way,a fine addition to this video game Title.”Space Pop” Kinda smaller and simpler, but no less interesting. Flap your arms to hover in weightless environment. Drop them to your sides to float down. The catch? Just the waves of bubbles that come floating into the room. Yep, you guessed it “float” around, up and down popping bubbles. Seems simplistic and it is, but it’s still there for an added activity. Also once again no control issues at all gameplay ran smooth and flawless. As I Just mentioned possibly a little to “simple” for my tastes. Great for little non violent and active video game for the kids though.”20,000 Leaks” is last on the list, but not least on your activity roster. Have you ever dreamt of being in a glass box under the ocean? Did your dream include sea life poking holes in your glass box threatening to flood you out? Naww I never had that dream myself. I have however played that video game. That’s the idea in this activity, and it is surprisingly fun.Fish,Turtles and other forms of aquatic life swim around poking holes in your box in greater and greater numbers with alarming speed. Use you hands, feet, face… whatever you can to stop the leaks. This portion of the video game works good, No obvious flaws, simple but effective fun for the young ones.Although the Xbox 360 has put some time into this video game and it certainly is entertaining, I don’t see it having the staying power,or the mainstream draw of a conventional “shoot’em up”. To be totally truthful, I’m not sure it was even supposed to do that. It’s more of a Kinect video game showcase for kids. Maybe best described as a “what the system and technology can do” type of game. This is one of those video games you play with the family, with the kids. Hell, pull it out when company is over for guaranteed good times and laughs all around. Ohh did I mention it has a Digital “photo” share option? Share and post online for others to enjoy. MMhmm pics taken of you playing the game! Naturally photos taken of you, in your MOST desperate attempts to complete levels. Another laugh out loud feature, even if its you caught with a mouth open and arms flapping for all the world to see. My final word on the matter, this Kinect video game for the Microsoft’ Xbox 360 is well worth playing!