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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kinect Disneyland Adventures lets players explore a virtual representation of the real Disneyland park in California. The game uses the Kinect motion camera, allowing players to have the feeling of actually walking around the park. Rides and attractions are replaced with interactive adventures and mini-games (the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction is a pirate-jousting challenge, the Peter Pan attraction is a sword-fighting mini-game, etc). These attractions sometimes contain violent content which is highlighted with big explosions and sound effects, but it is depicted in the context of a theme park attraction and not a truly violent activity.
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What's it about?
KINECT DISNEYLAND ADVENTURES presents players with a virtual representation of the iconic theme park. By using the Kinect motion camera, players can literally \"walk\" around the park, meet up and interact with costumed characters, and step into some of the most famous attractions -- without ever having to wait in line. Instead of a passive ride or movie, the attractions in this game require players to use their entire body to fight pirates, evade fantastical creatures, and save the galaxy from Emperor Zurg. Players can also team up with a partner to explore the park and embark on quests together.
Is it any good?
Kinect Disneyland Adventures aims to do the impossible: recreate the magic and wonder of the legendary Disneyland theme park in a video game. While there is obviously no substitute for the real thing, this game captures the scenery and park layout masterfully. There are two audiences this game will appeal to -- those who have been to Disneyland before and will be able to relive memories as they walk through the virtually recreated park, and those who have never been but want to experience what it might be like in real life. Of course, the main gameplay component involves the attractions that are evocative of actual Disneyland rides, but offer a much more interactive element. Most of these are intuitive and fun, but a few, including the Buzz Lightyear attraction, have somewhat clunky controls that take a while to get used to. This is one of the most ambitious Kinect titles to date and has some shortcomings as a result, but the brilliant presentation and the ability to capture at least some of the magic of Disneyland makes this game easily recommendable.
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