Kinect Sports

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Use your whole body in these motion-controlled sports games.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.


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.


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byOo XxX COD XxX oO April 8, 2011


The Kinect has something unique that no other game has had before... NO CONTROLLER! Kinect is very fun for all ages.... but its also new technology.... If you d... Continue reading
Parent Written byStepMomSterToo January 11, 2011
This can be a little hard for younger kids, but our seven year old plays and has fun, but she does get a little frustrated about body control. Still great fun f... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byHotTamale November 15, 2014

A Game Thats For Everyone

When I bought this game I wasn't sure at all. I expected it to be a decent a game but not a great game like it was. It has absolutely no inappropriate cont... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 18, 2012

Love it!!!!!!

It's a really good simulation game. Nothing too bad about it.

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?

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