A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a fun-spirited, feel-good collection of carnival-themed mini-games with an old-time aesthetic. Its motion-based controls encourage physical activity, and multiplayer challenges promote friendly competitive play.
Positive Role Models
There aren't really any characters to become attached to, except for the carnival announcer who guides players through various menus and game modes. His tone is upbeat and fun, and he encourages players to enjoy themselves.
Ease of Play
This is a Kinect-enabled game, and its motion controls are sometimes hit or miss. For the most part, mini-games rely on simplistic movements and timing, while other games focus largely on luck. In the end it's a pretty accessible game even for those who have no experience with the Xbox 360 motion camera.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do is a collection of mini-games playable on Xbox 360 with Kinect. Set in a carnival environment, players can choose from ring toss, Skee Ball, racing, roller coaster rides, and several other activities. Everything in the game is controlled by the Kinect camera, making it an active game that encourages players to get up and move without exerting themselves too much. The Carnival Games franchise is starting to become a recognized brand in the gaming industry, and this title is very similar to other titles previously released on the Wii.
Is It Any Good?
Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do enters the muddled market of mini-game compilations for Kinect. Many titles have been released for the motion camera that seem to have been rushed through the development process. 2K Play, however, has clearly taken measures to ensure the motion controls in this game are almost always spot on and accessible to everyone. It has a very low learning curve; the game is more about having fun than having to complete precise on-screen actions. It isn't the most sophisticated Kinect title available, but it does what it aims to do pretty well.
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