Kinect Party

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining collection of activities gets kids moving.

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age 5+
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about social interactions, experience healthy physical movement, and explore their creativity in this highly accessible game for Microsoft's motion-sensing Kinect peripheral. Players get to tackle challenges together standing side by side, engaging in moderate to intense exercise as they move their arms, legs, and torsos to interact with virtual objects on screen. Most of these highly physical activities involve a good deal of creativity, requiring kids to experiment to discover what to do and how to make things happen.

Positive Messages

This game promotes positive social experiences by letting multiple players step in front of the camera and explore activities together. It eschews concepts of winning and losing, delivering instead an experience that encourages players simply to experiment and discover. Kids are also likely to get a decent cardiovascular workout during extended play sessions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There aren't any substantial characters in the game. Kids are likely to instead take behavioral cues from friends and family as they interact with one another while playing.  

Ease of Play

Highly accessible. Players simply experiment by moving their arms, legs, and bodies to interact with objects on screen. There is no winning or losing, and the game automatically moves on to a new activity every few minutes.

Violence & Scariness

Some of the activities involve cartoonish shooting challenges, such as one in which players send fireballs hurtling toward goofy little aliens, turning them into angelic ghosts that float away.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kinect Party is a family-friendly collection of activities designed specifically for use with the Xbox 360's motion and sound sensing Kinect camera peripheral. Some diversions include a bit of mild, cartoonish violence, such as a Tron-like challenge where kids shoot energy bolts at flying hamburgers and bugs. However, most activities -- including multiple music, dance, photo, and video capture games -- focus on creativity and discovery. Parents should also note that this game can connect to Facebook, and that players are frequently prompted to share photos of themselves taken during play.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 12 year old Written byKüüe February 21, 2013

Pretty basic.

It's really just a bunch of little games for Kinect, kind of like in Kinect Fun Labs. Try it out yourself, it IS free.

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What's it about?

KINECT PARTY is a collection of dozens of simple physical activities that are less games than fun and creative experiments in movement and digital interactivity. For example, players will build castles by raising towers with their hands, then take the role of a giant dragon and smash the parapets with its claws and fiery breath. Other activities involves flapping around a garden as a fairy, running around a giant popcorn popper to pop corn, devising their own digitally enhanced dance moves, orchestrating a fireworks show, making their own constellations, and more. The experience is made to mimic surfing through channels on a TV. Every few minutes the game automatically switches to a new activity, though players can issue voice commands to take manual control. It only takes about an hour to work through every activity, but there's plenty of fun to be had and fresh things to be discovered by revisiting games, either alone or with groups of friends.

Is it any good?

Experienced individually, Kinect Party's simple activities wouldn't make for much of a game. However, when fired off in rapid succession, they end up becoming a surprisingly engaging whole, a kind of interactive toy that's almost more experiment than game. What happens if you stand still in the cold? How about if you jump into lava? In what sorts of interesting ways can you make wavy neon lines hovering around your body roll and undulate while dancing? It's not about winning, but instead discovery.

It's worth noting that if you've played Happy Action Theater -- another downloadable Kinect game from Double Fine -- you'll be quite familiar with about half of what's here. All of the activities from that game are included in Kinect Party. However, those who've purchased Happy Action Theater will only pay about half price for this one, which means there's no need to worry about paying for something you already own.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about social gaming. Would you rather play a game like this on your own, or with friends? Does playing together with others add to the experience, or does it make you nervous, stressed, or frustrated?

  • Families can also discuss the humor associated with physically active games. Why is it sometimes funny to watch people interacting with virtual objects? Do you think a game like this might help someone overcome shyness, or make it easier to laugh at him or herself?

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