Jayden has grown to love video and computer games, which we realize isn’t entirely a bad thing at all, we do however try to encourage game selections that incorporate movement and learning. The Wii is usually the console we turn to get moving, but we’ve been picking up a few games for Kinect since receiving a unit last year. Microsoft Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure seems to be Kinect’s newest adventure game that is all the rage. It’s currently sold out at Walmart! We got our hands on a copy in time and I am impressed by the graphics and playability!
So before I begin, I am sort of a snob when it comes to cartoon characters. I try not to let them influence our purchases and I try not to go overboard with them. So when introduced to Kinect Rush, I was all sorts of hesitant to give it a nod. Jayden is familiar with Toy Story and Cars from the 10 minutes or so that he’s actually sat down to watch them. The other 3 movies featured in the game (Ratatouille, Up, and Incredibles), he has yet to see. Of course during game play none of that really made a difference. It was just a magical experience being able to almost hop into the adventures.
In Kinect Rush, you start by scanning your body to create a personalized version of the characters in each adventure. The scan gets major cool points. It can detect the colors of hair, skin, and clothing. In the photo above, you can see that Greg is wearing a grey tank top and shorts. His Pixar-esque character was spot on, only it gave him pants. His shorts were long, so we can’t fault the game.
After the body scan and character customization, you are free to explore Pixar Park and select from 5 adventures: Become a super spy in Cars, save the day as a robot in Toy Story, adventure through Paris as a clever rat in Ratatouille, stop Syndrome as a super hero in Incredibles, and help Karl as an intrepid Wilderness Explorer in UP.
• Fast-paced Adventure
• KinectScan – Play the leading role as a unique character in your own Pixar story
• Full Body Movement/Gameplay
• Puzzle Solving
• Cooperative Gameplay with Pixar characters or another player
• Explore faithfully rendered Pixar worlds (immersive worlds)
• Unlock in-game content and characters
Kinect Rush is a great game to burn off some energy – it wore me out (rowing, running, climbing, jumping, throwing)! My only gripe with the game is that when I try to run, the characters don’t increase their pace. No matter how fast I move my arms or how high I kick up my knees, the characters continue to just mosey along. There is a sense of urgency to complete missions, so not being able to speed through is frustrating. Other than that, I think we have a keeper and a great game to pull out on rainy days or whenever we want to make sure Jayden gets to bed on time!
I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart is compensating me for sharing our experience with Kinect Rush. All words and opinions are always my own.
BUY IT: $49.96
RATED E FOR EVERYONE (4+)