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By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fab lion cub pet sim with treasure hunt theme for Kinect.

Game Xbox 360 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 5+

My 5-year-old loves it!

Great game! This was the very first Kinect game we bought our son and we chose it because he was obsessed with cheetahs at the time. There is nothing particularly educational about the game, but also nothing concerning in it either. The content is appropriate for all ages and the animals are adorable with what I would consider pretty amazing animation. I have noticed a significant difference in my son's ability to navigate the game over the past several months, as he's gotten older. At 5 he needed quite a bit of assistance from us. At "5 3/4" he can play independently without much need for help. He can't read yet but is able to recognize the symbols to navigate the menus. He definitely enjoys it. All in all, definitely a keeper!

This title has:

Great messages
age 4+

Kids will love, Adults will be less excited

My 2 kids loved this, but I wasn't a big fan of it.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (9):

Kinectimals really showcases the magic that is Kinect. By standing in front of your TV, you will see an adorable cub responding to you. It comes up to the glass and rubs against it, as if it was rubbing you. You can name it and teach it over 30 tricks by showing it what to do. If you jump, it will leap in the air and then, very cutely, fall over. Opening the Toy Box and playing with your cub is also very tactile and rewarding. If your cub brings you a ball, as you reach out, you see it magically connect to your hand. When you throw, the ball appears on the screen as if you threw it. For each toy, Kinectimals creates games for you to play.

Kinectimals is like no other game you have ever played. You open menus by simply moving your hand in the air and then holding it in one spot (think Minority Report). The bonding with your cubs feels very real, and the pace of revealing new exciting locations and games is just perfect. Plus, the game is easy play because you are accompanied by a magical flying cat, who serves as your guide. Many of the Kinect games seem similar to what you can play on the Wii, but Kinectimals is unique and makes buying the Kinect worth it.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Release date: November 4, 2010
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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