Summary: Hey, Television! Check out Double Fine’s latest game for Xbox Live Arcade: Kinect Party . In fun-loving Double Fine fashion, it was released for free upon launch in mid-December until the New Year. For those of you who didn’t snag the game in time, it can now be purchased for 800 Microsoft Points ($10). Kinect Party is a direct sequel to Double Fine Happy Action Theater , which was released earlier in 2012.
Conclusion: It is a simple and very entertaining way to spend an evening for people of any age. It almost makes you feel like a kid again playing it. In my humble opinion this game is how the Kinect should be used. And for the low price of 400 MSP 800MSP(free if you got it while they had their little promotion going) it is a steal.
Entertaining collection of activities gets kids moving.
Common Sense Media
16 January 2013
Summary: Parents need to know that Kinect Party is a family-friendly collection of activities designed specifically for use with the Xbox 360's motion and sound sensing Kinect camera peripheral. Some diversions include a bit of mild, cartoonish violence, such as a Tron-like challenge where kids shoot energy bolts at flying hamburgers and bugs. However, most activities -- including multiple music, dance, photo, and video capture games -- focus on creativity and discovery.
Excerpt: You may remember Double Fine Happy Action Theater , which I reviewed about a year ago and found to be an odd game that revelled in its experiments and originality. There was certainly room for improvement, though, and to this end Double Fine have released a sequel: Kinect Party . And they've done so in a way that makes the old game completely redundant.
Excerpt: Like your games stress-free? We have two words for you: Kinect Party . Like Double Fine’s Happy Action Theater ( OXM rating: 8.0), which debuted earlier in 2012, this follow-up is the ultimate in low-hassle gaming. To dive into the 36 mini-games (18 of them carryovers from Happy Action Theater ), just pick one and it’ll run continuously until you’re ready to move on.
Pros: + Family-friendly activities that mix dazzling virtual environments with fun experimentation., + Wearable items up the immersion; low-cost package; terrific multiplayer game.
Cons: ? Will this concept work even better on the next Xbox?
Conclusion: By getting rid of precision and life-or-death objectives, Kinect’s many flaws are barely noticeable. The game’s greatest success is that it uses Kinect to let you play, rather than forcing you to play with Kinect. And it’s the kind of daft, imaginative ‘play’ that kids do with their friends, only now they can do it on the TV with a bunch of goofy special effects. And it’s the first ever game that you can play with your dog, too.