Kinect Disneyland Adventures
By Mark Raby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Take a virtual vacation with ambitious park recreation.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
For those who have been to Disneyland before, part of this game's appeal is to relive magical memories of being with friends and family. The game has an extremely effusive presentation and fills players with a sense of wonder and excitement. The game also allows two players to explore the park together and encourages teamwork in the themed challenges and competitions.
Positive Role Models
Just like in the real Disneyland park, players can meet up with their favorite Disney characters, all of whom greet players with a smile. Players can virtually hug or high-five the characters. When it comes to strong, positive role models, few fit the mold better than Disney heroes, and they appear in droves in this game.
Ease of Play
This game is exclusively controlled by motion controls through the Kinect camera accessory. Players navigate through the park and complete the attraction adventures by moving their hands in all sorts of ways. There is an extensive and deep amount of control movements, most of which are intuitive and well developed. There are some, however, including the Buzz Lightyear attraction, that require slightly more obscure and nuanced movements that do not fit well with the fast-paced nature of the attraction. For the most part, though, the controls are accessible and nicely designed.
Violence & Scariness
Iconic Disneyland attractions are transformed into action-oriented mini-games in this title. Many of these involve a form of combat, whether it's dueling in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction or shooting lasers in "Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters." These mini-games, though designed to be family-friendly, contain big, bright explosions, loud sound effects, and a sense of intensity.
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This game's unmistakable theme promotes Disney products and franchises, and will likely fill players with a desire to go to the real Disneyland in California.
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the violent content in this game. Is the violence real or is it presented as a make-believe theme park attraction?
What are your favorite family vacation memories?
Which Disney character do you most identify yourself with and why?
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