When you think videogames, you probably think of sitting on a couch for hours, not moving much but your thumbs. Well, not these Xbox Kinect games. They’ll have you up and moving. And the best part is they’re non-violent fun for the whole family.
This game is really an introduction to the Kinect system, and a chance to get used to using your body as a controller, but it still manages to be both fun and challenging. You can play a game called “Rallyball,” where you bounce and kick virtual balls off of your body, you can do an obstacle course, plug leaks underwater, and white water raft past gorgeous scenery. You won’t even notice you’ve broken a sweat.
The bright colors and silly games will have you feeling like you really are at a slightly offbeat carnival. There are the classics, like skeeball and ring toss, rides, like the roller coaster, and other fun things to try, like throwing items from grapefruits to bowling balls into a basket. You win tickets, which you can then trade in for fancy gear.
There are two seasons, and I suggest getting the combination pack so that you can play all the sports, including downhill skiing, boxing, table tennis, bowling, tennis, soccer, and my personal favorite, golf. Which is funny, because I don’t play golf in real life, but virtually, well, let’s say I’ve had a couple of hole-in-ones.
Candidly, there are some glitchy moments with this game, but the cool factor makes up for it. You can rock climb with no fear of falling, kite surf without the pesky interference of gravity, mountain bike wild trails, and wingsuit dive. That’s right. Wingsuit. It’s probably the closest you really want to come to one of those things, from the safety of your floor.
There are a bunch of “Just Dance” titles, and all of them come with an exercise mode if you want to turn your fun dance session into a fun sweat session. No need to take turns here, either: with “Just Dance 2014” you can dance with up to four people, anywhere in the world, as long as you and the other people subscribe to the Xbox Gold service. There is an 10+ age suggestion, but don’t worry, there are “Just Dance Kids” titles too for the little ones.