A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cabela's Adventure Camp requires the Xbox 360 Kinect sensor to play. Players not actively participating can 'grief' a player that is participating by using a 360 controller while not within the Kinect viewing field. There are nine total sporting events, though two events (skeet and sporting clays) are essentially variations of the same game. The controls for each event are simple. Because this is a Kinect games, players are required to get up and use their bodies to control the game animations.
What's it about?
CABELA'S ADVENTURE CAMP is an attempt to capture some fun summer camp adventures and package it in a way that is competitive and yet accessible by the whole family. Players compete for the highest scores, and to be posted on the in-house and online leaderboards. There are nine total events, though two events (skeet and sporting clays) are essentially variations of the same game. In addition, six of the events (biking, kayaking, wave riding, archery, skeet, fishing) have several different versions to play, which means you play the same game but in different settings. While the overall control scheme is not as active as some other recent Kinect titles, it still can have players up and moving. Up to four players can compete in a competition, with two appearing simultaneously in games. Some games are straightforward body control games, while Hogwhacked is a whack-a-mole game in a memory sequence style, and Ice Breaker is a strike a pose game of rock, paper, scissors.
Is it any good?
Navigating the Cabela's Adventure Camp menu can be frustrating and slow, and that even roles over to a game like archery where the player has to drop the bow down, make an exaggerated motion to refit another arrow, and then bring it up to fire. On the positive side, the graphics are bright and appealing, and some of the games use the Kinect control quite well, leaving players less likely to fumble to play and more likely to enjoy themselves. This is a family-style game and the general ease of play helps that notion along.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about ways to get the most entertainment value from active gaming while making it fun and safe.
Parents can also address the issue of 'griefing' in this game and when picking on someone can cross the line into being a bully.
A chat can be held centering on how to manage game time in a responsible and healthy manner.
Parents can talk to their children and explain how when a game is sponsored by a company, it is a way to spread that company's name recognition and is advertising.
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