Excerpt: Unless you are a resident of Southern California, chances are you don’t get to visit the Magic Kingdom often, but now the happiest place on earth is accessible through the wonders of Kinect. The motion-control game Disneyland Adventures offers an open-world, Disney-inspired, minigame bonanza that does well with the entire Disneyland presentation, characters, and tone, but fails to deliver in terms of gameplay and fun.
Pros: Faithful recreation of Disneyland, Meeting the Disney characters, Tons of collectibles
Cons: Minigames get boring quickly, Frame rate and pop-in issues, Star Tours and Indy closed for maintenance
Excerpt: Kinect Adventures was originally released alongside the Kinect in 2010 and can easily be considered one of the staple games for the interactive device. Kinect Adventures comes bundled with the Kinect system and is to Kinect as Wii Sports is to the Wii. Kinect Adventures can be summarized as a small collection of games that show players what the Kinect system is capable of, through short, fun challenges that require the full use of your body.
Summary: Disneyland is one of the only places in the world where you can stroll down an idealized version of a small-town American Main Street, visit a haunted mansion, get a hug from Mickey Mouse, soar over London and into Neverland with Peter Pan, and have other wondrous experiences that are normally available only in the imagination. Disneyland Adventures tries to make these and other quintessentially Disneyland experiences available to you in the comfort of your own home.
Pros: Wonderfully accurate re-creation of Disneyland, Attractions capture the essence of the rides that inspired them, Lots of Disney characters to meet, help, and hug
Cons: Unresponsive controls make many attractions frustrating
Excerpt: Wandering the Magic Kingdom is an awe-inspiring experience for millions, young and old. Unfortunately, a slew of control issues make your virtual Kinect Disneyland visit a lot like touring the real-life park in a body cast: the rides aren’t fun and it’s a pain in the neck to get anywhere. While half of Disneyland’s gameplay involves exploring the meticulously re-created park for secrets or running errands for Mickey and Co.
Pros: + Detailed Disneyland re-creation is a treat to wander.
Cons: - Choppy framerate; Pointer controls are irksome…, - …and the attraction minigame controls are worse; not much variety to them either., ? What kind of message does it send that you play as a kid wandering around Disneyland alone?
Conclusion: This is Kinect Adventures ' main problem - everything available here becomes tiresome rather quickly thanks to a lack of variety and the constant repetition. Kinect Adventures acts as a decent way to show off your latest hardware purchase to friends, but beyond this there really isn't much reason to bung the disc back into your Xbox.
Excerpt: There’s been as much positive press as there has been negative about Microsoft’s Kinect, but the fact of the matter is that the device actually works. True, it may not operate in the manner that Microsoft originally envisioned, but it certainly serves the casual market admirably and games like Kinect Adventures shows just how much fun using Kinect can be.
Excerpt: Kinect Adventures - the ‘free’ pack-in game for Kinect - features a set of five mini-games, each designed to show off how Kinect works and launch you right into the experience. At its core, that’s all Kinect Adventures really is, though it’s hidden behind a wealth of different modes, objectives and even a story (well, sort of...). The key question, though, is whether the games themselves are as entertaining and enjoyable as Microsoft would have us believe.
Conclusion: It seems as if Kinect Adventures is included with Kinect to showcase the capabilities of the device rather than provide any substantial gaming experience. It’s a game that’s fun in short bursts, but requires a ton of space for two-player multiplayer. Admittedly, Kinect Adventures starts off quite well as the Kinect bundle software, but after an hour it demonstrates its lack of depth once you realise that you’ve pretty much seen and done everything.
Conclusion: It's been four years since we first unpacked our Wii consoles and tried the game that came with it - Wii Sports . The game went on to be the best selling game of all times (the fact that it was bundled in Europe and North America sure helped), and the competition felt they had to do something about it. But when I open my box it's Kinect Adventures and not Kinect Sports that falls out. This is the game that is meant to introduce me to this new piece of technology.
Pros: River Rush is pretty entertaining, won't cost you anything extra.
Cons: Too many boring mini-games, semi-poor response.