Saturday, March 24, 2012

Review: Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure

Is it just me, or did this game not get much press at all?? I have heard more about Epic Mickey 2, which is not out for another 5 months, than I have heard about this game! The only reason I have it is because my younger sister saw something about it and wanted to get it. And I do not know why Disney did not put as much advertising into this game, I think it’s great!

The premise of Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure is that you are a child on a field trip to an awesome theme park, Pixar Park! You run down this path and enter the hub of the park, which has the Pixar ball on the ground and the words Pixar for you to stand next to with the little birds from the “For the Birds” short flying around.

There are 5 spokes off of this hub leading to playsets for 5 different Pixar movies: Cars 1-2, Up, Toy Story 1-3, Incredibles and Ratatouille. There are kids running around all of these playsets playing pretend in their favorite movies scenes.

To play, you “walk” (to make your person walk, you move your arms up and down) over to the playset you choose and find the blue Pixar ball on the ground. The game for that ball will come up and you click on it. Another kid comes down and explains their idea for the game of pretend to you and then you are transported into that scene and the game begins!

One cool feature that this game has is that it scans your body to update your character so that the clothes and skin look like you. Make sure you do this in optimum light though; I had it give me incorrect colors a few times because it was too dark for it to scan. Once you are scanned in, it shows you what you will look like as a super hero, car, explorer, toy and rat for your different adventures.

This game is very active; it has you running, jumping, swimming, climbing, swinging, throwing, zip lining, pushing yourself down ramps, river rafting….and these are just in the first couple levels of each world! Compared to some other games out there for the Xbox Kinect, I find the controls to be very accurate, especially with activities like climbing; you really have to put your hand up where the pegs are, not just swing your arms in the air because you may not grab hold. The more coins and points you earn for your time in each level, the more you earn towards getting a new level and getting new friends to come to play with you.

This game also has the option for cooperative game play, so someone can just hop into the game with you and start playing! I have not been able to try out this feature as I do not have anyone to join me on my adventures right now, so I would be interested to hear how this feature works for others!

Of course, you are not able to tell me how it is if you don’t have the game, so what are you waiting for?! You can purchase it here from Amazon: Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure

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