By Marc Saltzman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Use your whole body in these motion-controlled sports games.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game has a positive message: play sports with friends for fun. Gamers get exercise as they engage in six different sports games. Besides some mild cartoon violence in the boxing game, everything in this game is great for young kids.
Positive Role Models
The only characters in the game are your avatars, but the game itself works as a role model to get you up and active.
Ease of Play
If you can do it in real life, you can do it in the game. Playing volleyball requires you to jump up and spike an imaginary ball; bowling has you toss a ball down an alley, and track & field has you run on the spot and jump to hop over hurdles. It's very easy to pick up this game -- but choosing an event might be a tad difficult because of a small cursor.
Violence & Scariness
One of the six sports games -- boxing -- is mildly violent as you punch your opponent from a first-person perspective. With the Kinect system, you will be throwing real punches in the air. But the avatars are cartoony and all wearing headgear. When the player is punched hard the screen grows a bit blurry and the crowd sound is muffled.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
If I'm not mistaken I noticed a bowling ball with a T-Mobile logo on it and a Samsung billboard during a track & field game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kinect Sports is a fun collection of sports minigames, such as bowling, boxing, ping pong (table tennis), and so on, performed with real body motions via the Kinect motion control system. All the characters are very cartoon-like, so while the game received an "Everyone 10+" rating for mild cartoon violence (in boxing), it's not very realistic.
Where to Play
Videos and Photos
Based on 2 parent reviews
THE NEW ERA
Report this review
Report this review
What’s It About?
Using the new Kinect for Xbox 360 peripheral ($150), a high-tech accessory that lets you use your body and voice to control games -- with no need for a controller in your hands at all -- KINECT SPORTS offers a collection of six team-based and individual sports games: soccer, bowling, beach volleyball, table tennis, boxing, and track & field. Just as you would play in real life, these games have you move in front of the television to control your character -- performing such actions as as throwing a javelin, swinging a paddle, or kicking a soccer ball -- and the effect is seen onscreen. Each game has various challenges and rewards, plus there are multiple modes to choose from.
Is It Any Good?
As the "first full-body, controller-free sports game," Kinect Sports is certainly impressive. You'll give an opponent a one-two punch in the boxing ring, roll a bowling ball down an alley, or run in place to sprint down a track and jump over virtual hurdles. But on the flip side, Kinect Sports is a little too forgiving: in one game of beach volleyball, for instance, raising hands worked for passing, blocking, and spiking (though with the latter, it's more effective if you jump up, too). Another issue that occurs between games is the small hand that serves as your cursor: It is too small and can be lost in front of the white background. But overall, sports fans will love this technology -- it works -- and the collection of games is very fun to tackle.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about active gaming and whether or not it can be a substitute for real-life physical activities. Did you work up a sweat while playing this game? How much exercise did you get from playing it? Does it tire you out?
- Platform: Xbox 360
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Microsoft Studios
- Release date: November 4, 2010
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Cartoon Violence
- Last updated: August 30, 2016
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Where to Play
Our Editors Recommend
Kids' Sports Games
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate