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Kinectimals

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

The pet simulation part teaches about caring for animals and how important it is to look out for their needs. The adventure part of the game sends the message that going on a treasure hunt is fun and that practicing a game is the best way to improve a skill.

Positive role models

A magical flying cat named Bumble serves as your guide and helper. He is very supportive of you. And the baby wild cats are tremendously affectionate and always interested and supportive of you.

Ease of play

This Kinect game showcases the magic of using no controllers -- just your body. Petting, cleaning, and caring for your cubs is simple because you just reach out and do what you would do with a pet in real life. Using arm and hand motions to navigate the game also works remarkably well. Some of the physical challenges like playing volleyball with your cub take practice, but it is all about getting the timing down.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kinectimals is a pet sim/adventure game played using the Microsoft's Kinect peripheral. You are transported to a magical island where you befriend a group of wild cat babies, including tiger, panther, and lion cubs. While caring for and playing games with them, you also explore the island looking for possible treasure hidden there by a pirate. The game does a great job of combining the pet simulation genre with a fun adventure filled with mini-games.

What's it about?

KINECTIMALS is a pet simulation game involving a variety of wild cat babies (an African lion, a leopard, a cheetah, and others). In addition to caring for the cubs, you go on an adventure to explore a magical island once controlled by a kind pirate. As you explore, you find parts of a treasure map and unlock more of the island. You will also decorate your home with wondrous treasures you find or buy along the way.

You interact with the cubs by petting (just reach out your hands and start rubbing, and your cub will start purring), cleaning, feeding, and playing with them. The farther you get into the game, the more toys you and your cubs will collect to play with, including a volleyball, Frisbee, water gun, lures, vehicles (they sit on top while you drive), and much more. You can also use a special instrument, called a Plunderscope, which helps you and your cub find treasure hidden under the ground.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about active gaming. This game requires that you get up off the couch and move around to play. Does that make it more fun?

  • This game is one of the launch titles for the new Kinect add-on system to Microsoft's XBox 360, which uses no controllers while playing. How did you feel about this new way of playing video games?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Microsoft
Release date:November 4, 2010
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors)

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Kid, 11 years old April 5, 2011

teens might find it boring better for littles

I think children love it. My cousin who is 4 loves it
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Parent Written byEllieC July 8, 2012

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!
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Kid, 11 years old April 21, 2012

Good for all Ages!

This game is great for kids of almost all ages! I myself enjoyed this game, and I think younger kids really would too. This game is educational, super fun, and slightly addictive!
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