A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Puss is seeking to make amends for his past wrongs (he was tricked into stealing from his own town).
Positive Role Models
Puss has a huge ego and considers himself quite the ladies' man (cat?), but he also values his honor. He's stealing, but stealing from bad guys (a la Robin Hood). Ultimately, he just wants to set right the mistakes he's made in the past.
Ease of Play
The Kinect controls are very intuitive -- you basically perform the types of movements you want Puss to make on screen (jumping, sneaking, balancing, dodging, etc.).
Violence & Scariness
There are many sword-fighting sequences. With the Kinect controls, you'll be physically mimicking many of Puss's moves: Swing your arm to slash with your sword, kick to boot a bandit backwards into a trap, scratch in the air to claw at your enemies. One chase sequence has a villain throwing bombs at you.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Puss professes his love to every she-cat he comes across. In several funny sequences, you'll have to play guitar to serenade the ladies. Nothing comes off as inappropriate, though.
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Products & Purchases
The game is a tie-in to Dreamworks' Puss in Boots movie.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Kinect version of Puss in Boots requires players to physically mimic a lot of fighting motions. The sword battles here are all played for laughs and the violence is very cartoony, but enemies will be slashed, kicked, clawed, knocked over walls, smashed over the head with guitars, and more. Be aware that, as Puss, you will also have to woo and serenade female cats, though it's far more silly than sexy. Versions of the game also exist for the Wii and PS3, and while both of those also use motion controls, the movement is contained to one hand, creating a very different and less visceral experience.
Is It Any Good?
It's easy to appreciate the creativity that went into crafting Puss in Boots, as well as the clever use of the Kinect full-body motion controls. The ways in which you can dispose of enemies during fights are often hilarious, like triggering a giant fish to fall on one or knocking one headfirst into a rain barrel. And performing such feats is made fun and easy when all you need to do is hop to the side to position the bad guy where you want him and then thrust your foot forward to send him tumbling backward into the trap you've set.
But the game is far from all fighting, which is why it ends up being so enjoyable. You need to tiptoe to sneak past enemies -- and freeze in place when needed, like an impromptu game of "Red Light, Green Light." You need to jump and climb with expert timing through plentiful acrobatic sections. You will have to pull off some lightning quick poses in a dance battle that is so funny, you may end up losing just because you're laughing. All in all, the Kinect controls -- used to great advantage here -- make Puss in Boots a very fun ride.
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