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Kinect Xbox 360 Game Review/Commentary - "Adventures"

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 video game at all.One thing I was sure of was that it would be different.As it turns out I was not wrong about that at all! As I played a little and got used to
being the controller
,I realized 'Kinect:Adventures' is a great game. It utilizes body movement and placement via the kinect sensor to enable you to complete tasks or '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 this title would be "River Rush" (Rafting).It is fun to play solo,and even more fun to play with a friend. Did I mention Adventures is 100% 2 player completable, that's a big selling point for the average gamer these days.The raft control appears and feels responsive, there is very little if any detectable lag or delay.One simply jumps to have the raft jump, and leans left or right to steer down the river. 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 Paddle-ball 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.Use your hands,feet or any part of your body to serve and block the ball from getting out.Sounds easy right? Flaming return serves and multi-ball 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 real time 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" 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 coin 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 (again,Maybe it was just me).Either way,a very positive experience for this gamer and in my opinion possibly the top addition to this video game Title.

"Space Pop" In my mind a little too small and contained.Add that to a lack of depth, and I begin to get the impression that this game is most likely designed for younger players.Don't get me wrong, though smaller and simpler, it is 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 game play ran smooth and flawless. As I Just mentioned possibly a little to simple for my tastes.Great 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? OK I've 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,arms even your 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.The ability to plug leaks with any body part,not just hands or feet was nice.

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. Oh did I mention it has a Digital photo share option? Share and post online for others to enjoy.Yes you heard right, 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 positively well worth playing for kids, and adults will most likely enjoy it for a short time as well.

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