All my kids are really enjoying Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure right now, so I sat down with my enthusiastic 8-year-old to review the game.
According to my daughter, known in my blog as “The Peanut Butter Kid,” the best thing about the game is the incredibly well-designed scenery.
“I liked all the backgrounds,” she said. “It looks just like the movies. It’s like you’re really in the movie.”
She also loved the selection of movies included: the game allows you to play as characters from The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Toy Story, and UP. “They’re some of my favorite movies!”
The Peanut Butter Kid’s favorite level in the game is Ratatouille, in which you go on an adventure throughout Paris. She especially enjoys paddling through the sewers of Paris, because, well, obviously.
What do I love about the game? OHMYGAH. Let me count the ways:
Ease of Play: My 6-year-old was the first to play it. He was able to follow the directions to start up the game, customize his character, and start playing without any help from me. WINNING.
Ease of Play, Part 2: Some Kinect games, like the dance games, require more finesse and coordination to play well. With Kinect Rush, even my youngest was able to get the hang of moving the character through the landscape immediately.
Cooperative Game Play: How much do I love any game for my kids where cooperation is rewarded?
A Gentle, Family-Friendly Feel: We also play a lot of Harry Potter and Star Wars games, and while I love those games and love that our whole family enjoys them, frankly I love that this game offers us a break from so much smashing and zapping. Kinect Rush has an overall gentler feel that I think a lot of families will appreciate.
Wide Range of Appeal: Despite this gentler feel, it still appeals to all four of my kids, from my first grader to my sixth graders. I have a feeling that even older kids will enjoy playing this with younger siblings, just for the nostalgic fun of hanging out with Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the gang.
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