Previewing Kinect Xbox 360 Games for Kids and Families #xbox

by - 2/18/2012 07:31:00 AM

Recently I attend a Kinect for Xbox 360 Showcase to learn about, and of course play, the latest games in fitness, family and playful learning. As most of my readers know, I like to play video games and it seems my son is also turning into a little gamer.

Kinect Xbox 360 Games

Please Note: I was invited as media to this event, where my son and I had a blast playing all the games. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

Since the event was family friendly, I decided to take my son to help me test out the game. From the moment we entered Skylight West, my son was in game playing mode. We made sure to visit all the gaming stations and our top 2 gaming picks are!

Double Fine Happy Action Theater (800 Microsoft Points or $10) on Kinect for Xbox 360 is a series of 18 vibrant activities that engages players of all ages. With “Happy Action Theater,” there are no menus, no instructions and no rules. There is no wrong way to play and there are no winners or losers. Just walk in front of the Kinect sensor and play. The environments intuitively respond to your body movements.

I LOVED the movement element of this game and think it's prefect for families with younger children. Not only does the game encourages movement and coordination, it also supports cooperative play for up to six players.

As you can see in the video my 3 year son was able to play with 8 year Alex, daughter of Linda of NYC Single Mom. Family game night with everyone!

Kinect Sesame Street TV - is a revolutionary new two-way TV experience exclusive to Kinect for Xbox 360 that allows children to literally jump into Sesame Street and interact with favorite characters, by helping with tasks like counting with Grover, learning letters with Cookie Monster and exploring Elmo’s World.

I LOVE the educational element of Sesame Street TV. While my son was just excited to interact with the Sesame Street characters, I was impressed how it worked along the same curriculum with the Sesame Street show to teach my son about movement, letters, etc. I also liked that Sesame Street TV offered different options. Kids can play the games using gestures or their voices or just watch a Sesame Street episode.

While these two games are our favorites of the night, the other games are just as awesome. Some of the other family friendly game we played and liked are:

Kinect Star Wars ($49.99) allows fans to physically hone their Jedi skills, wield the power of the Force in their hands, pilot iconic ships and vehicles, rampage as a vicious rancor monster, or even dance with iconic Star Wars characters. All controller-free power of Kinect for Xbox 360.

I was hoping to get more time playing this game but my son was distracted by the live C-3PO and R2-D2 walking around. I figured I could always play the game later. It seemed more important to introduce my son to iconic figures and start his jedi training. LOL

Kinect Rush: A Disney•Pixar Adventure ($49.99) Families and fans can experience the worlds of five Disney•Pixar films. Players can team up with characters from “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up,” “Cars” and “Toy Story” to solve puzzles and uncover hidden secrets. Other features of the game
  • Get in the game. Scan yourself into the game using Kinect technology to create a personalized avatar with your unique features, and become a character in five different Pixar movie worlds!
  • Cooperative play. You’ll never feel alone while playing “Kinect Rush: A Disney?Pixar Adventure” — play with a friend or look to your Pixar friends to help you in each adventure.
  • Explore and discover. Work with a friend to overcome puzzling obstacles or team up with a Pixar character to find hidden secrets.

Kinect Xbox 360 Games

Kinectimals Now With Bears ($49.99 Game / $14.99 Xbox LIVE downloadable add-on content) is the sequel to the "Kinectimals” game. Adding to the original five feline cubs, “Kinectimals Now with Bears” features a new island of cuddly bear cubs ready for new adventures and interactions, along with five additional cat species. On both islands, you can unlock collectibles to personalize your gameplay experience. Other features of the game
  • Create memories that last a lifetime. From the first time she recognizes her name to when she learns to roll over, your cub will grow up as your sidekick and friend, eager to discover the environment around you. Use your voice* and body to teach your pet new tricks such as fetch; play activities, including jump rope and juggling; and even master agility courses with hops, stops and balancing acts.
  • Get Competitive. Engage in challenges with your pet to earn Achievements and improve your Gamerscore, or team up and compete with friends and family members and their pets to see who can score the highest. Plus, win cool rewards for your Xbox 360 Avatar.
  • Plush Pals. Bring your pet to life with a variety of collectible “Kinectimals” plush pals (sold separately). Plus, select Build-A-Bear Workshop furry friends will include Microsoft Tag technology, which imports these furry friends right into the game when scanned with the Kinect for Xbox 360.
As you can see there's lots of awesome Kinect for Xbox 360 game for families being released this year. With so many options for families it will be easy to plan a family game night. Happy gaming!

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  1. Fun! I bet my boys would love the Star Wars Kinect game. They really want the Kinect Xbox system but we have Wii already. Cant bring myself to let them have both :)

  2. How fun! Your little boy looks like he had a great time (plus he got to meet Cookie Monster, how cool is that?).