A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Like most Kinect games, players are required to get up and move -- and they're encouraged to play together. Some of the games are fairly passive, but others offer a decent workout.
Positive Role Models
The game encourages you to try your hardest. Winners get their picture taken and are shown on the leader board.
Ease of Play
Precision issues haunt the title, which can be particularly problematic on some included games like darts, where control is critical. It also takes a while to figure out how to advance and move back through the screens.
Violence & Scariness
A "Smack a Troll" game has players hit and stomp on cartoon-like trolls, who groan when hit.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Game Party in Motion is a collection of familiar mini-games for the Xbox 360 that uses the Kinect motion capture controller. It's a game that will get kids off the couch, but crippling control problems make it something that will frustrate users immensely. Navigating the interface is difficult, as hands must be positioned perfectly to advance to the next screen. The menus give you no indication on where your hand is, though, which could prevent some players from ever getting to the games. Once you get to them, poor motion tracking saps the fun from reliable party favorites such as skee ball, darts, and horseshoes.
Is It Any Good?
Family fun titles are the heart and soul of Kinect's early lineup. Game Party in Motion, on the surface, seems to have the right elements to fit in with this, gathering some arcade and boardwalk favorites -- but once you start playing, you'll realize exactly how lousy it is. It has some of the worst controls of any Kinect title, making it impossible to fully enjoy the games. And rather than consistently relying on people's natural movements (such as with billiards, where virtually everyone knows how to mimic a shot), it requires an elaborate series of motions that don't make sense. The menus give you no sense of where your hand is on the screen, which can make it hard to navigate. This is one Kinect title you'll want to avoid.
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