Kinectimals: Now with Bears!

 
New content adds hours more fun to kid-friendly Kinect game.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids will learn about engaging with and looking after animals while experiencing the joy associated with hunting for treasures and solving mysteries.

Positive role models

The bears in this game are loveable creatures who want nothing more than to play and have fun with the player. A supportive, flying animal escort provides help and guidance throughout the adventure. 

Ease of play

As with the original game, this add-on requires the Xbox 360 Kinect sensor and recognizes the same sort of movement-based commands used to interact with the game's creatures and their toys. Instructions are provided on screen and are repeated should players encounter trouble. It’s just as easy to learn to play as its predecessor.

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Consumerism

A cross-promotion between Microsoft and retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop allows players to purchase real teddy bears that can be scanned into the game.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kinectimals: Now with Bears! is a downloadable add-on to one of the most popular games designed for the Xbox 360’s motion and speech detecting Kinect sensor. Newly manufactured copies of Kinectimals now come with this new content on disc, adding value to the purchase. It provides a new adventure -- populated with bears instead of cats -- that is just as warm-hearted and family-friendly as that of the original game. The content is safe for all ages, though the Kinect sensor may have difficulty properly recognizing the smaller bodies of very young players. Parents should note that a cross-promotional tie-in with popular children’s toy maker Build-A-Bear Workshop allows kids to scan certain bears purchased from the store into the game.

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What's it about?

One of the best kids’ games available for Xbox 360 has received a significant amount of new content in KINECTIMALS: NOW WITH BEARS!, an add-on that can be purchased separately for 1200 Microsoft points (about $15) or as part of the original game in a new, repackaged edition. The game begins with players flying to a new island in a pontoon plane, where they meet Lina, a flying, fairy-like animal who tells the story of two pirate captains who disappeared while searching for a lost treasure. She tasks players to take up the hunt themselves, then introduces them to the island’s primary inhabitants: a group of cuddly young bear cubs, one of which will accompany the player on his or her journey to solve a fresh mystery. The interface remains virtually unchanged -- players still get to reach out and interact with the game’s super cuddly creatures using intuitive movements. However, players will get to explore new areas and play fresh games with new toys as they embark on a brand new mini adventure.

Is it any good?

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For a lot of kids, the only bad part of the original Kinectimals was that it came to an end. The aptly named Kinectimals: Now with Bears! solves this problem by offering up a new chapter to the game they love, only now with bears instead of cats. Regardless of which cub you choose -- choices range from panda bears and polar bears to black bears and cinnamon bears -- the story will play out the same. Players move from one area of the new island to the next, filling up a task bar by completing activities of their choosing that make use of toys and activities old and new. Fresh games include climbing trees, juggling with your cub, and fishing; and the movements required are just as simple and intuitive as those associated with activities in the first game (juggling, for example, is as simple as raising your hands in time with the objects tossed to you buy your bear). It’s loads of fun and completely accessible to all but very young gamers. There’s no better excuse to dive back into this great, warm-hearted game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about caring for animals. Did this game teach you anything new about looking after pets? Did it make you want to spend more time with animals?

  • Families can also discuss the game’s promotional tie-in with Build-A-Bear Workshop. Do you think the game is better or more fun if the bear you played with onscreen resembled a teddy bear of your own?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$15.00
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Microsoft Studios
Release date:October 11, 2011
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E for No Descriptors (Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byCodemister99 January 21, 2012
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Fun. Get to chose from several classes of bears and cats. W/ kinect, able to name w/ your voice. Train and play w/ it as you reveal more and more. Competitions w/ your pet against others, whether online or AI. Many, many toys to chose from for your pet like cars and balls.
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