Reviews and Problems with Double Fine Happy Action Theater
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Double Fine Happy Action Theater
2 September 2013
Summary: Double Fine did a terrific job with Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster -- so much so, that I couldn't help but be jealous that kids were getting such well-designed Kinect games. For all of the millions of people who own the device, and given the technology powering it, the overall software quality is decidedly not where it ought to be.
Excerpt: When we first saw the Kinect in action at an E3 event a few years back - we correctly labeled it the next big thing. This was the growth, progression, and direction the industry needs to go. It leap frogs motion controllers, and provides for all new experiences. Why am I bringing up the past? Because Double Fine Happy Action Theater is one of those games that proves Family Friendly Gaming right.
Excerpt: Double Fine is at it again, bringing another kid-friendly Kinect title to the younger generation of gamers. Happy Action Theater makes a playground out of your living room for up to six players, letting them melt like the Terminator in hot lava or join a dance party with some of Double Fine’s beloved characters. It’s difficult to say that Happy Action Theater is an actual “game.” Well, at least not in the way we traditionally think of a game.
Pros: The variety in activities, Director mode, How much your kids will love it
Cons: It’s short, When sections of your head are missing, Some cut-and-paste activities
Excerpt: First things first, Double Fine Happy Action Theater is not a game. It's really a collection of eighteen interactive Kinect demos, each a freeform exercise in goofing around without much of a point. You can select one of the modes or just let it sequence from one to the next, making it something that you can leave on the screen during a party and let people interact with it when it catches their eyes.
Conclusion: Doesn't get much easier than that. Conclusion: Again, this is another great game from Double Fine that is extremely family friendly, easy and fun. I give it four stars instead of five because of the limited time that an adult might put in. At 800ms it is great. When it goes on sale you shouldn't have an excuse not to get it.
Hodgepodge of physical Kinect games makes families giggle.
Common Sense Media
24 May 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Happy Action Theater is a collection of simple activities for Xbox 360 Kinect designed with intent to appeal to all ages. It has some mild fantasy violence that involves players tossing fireballs at each other and destroying helicopters and planes, but it is mild and far removed from the real world. Still, it could prove scary to very young players.
Excerpt: Double Fine have been putting out some great games recently; their focus on small games have allowed more room for experimentation and originality than would otherwise be viable. The epitome of this strategy is undoubtedly Double Fine Happy Action Theater , a downloadable Kinect title that is brimming with experimentation, but not much else.
Excerpt: It’s funny how I use an older quote like this to talk about a new game like Double Fine Happy Action Theater , but, hey, it’s true. A lot of these developers have gone off the deep end creating Kinect experiences, to the point that they’re less about fun and more about the precision of things — the exact opposite of what they need to be.
Summary: They say all the world's a stage. The truth of that statement is debatable, but with Double Fine Happy Action Theater, your living room certainly becomes one. Using the Kinect to transform your surroundings into a number of outlandish settings, Happy Action Theater makes you and your friends the star players in an assortment of interactive scenarios. There's no need for stage fright, though; because there are no goals, nothing you do is ever wrong.
Pros: Varied scenarios offer goofy, free-form fun, Seeing your surroundings transform is a visual treat
Cons: Lack of goals gives you little reason to come back