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games xtreme (Jan 04, 2011)
Kinectimals is a good solid game that'll last you hours and hours, its fun for kids and for those big kids who haven't quite grown up. As Tom Baker (the 4th Doctor said): what's the point in being grown up, if you can't be a little childish? Not only that, this game is going to keep you fit and keep the kid's active. The motion control is nearly spot-on and the interaction between both the player and the Kinect is virtually flawless, there's a lot of responsiveness here and very little lag in terms of movement tracking. A truly excellent showcase and launch title then for the Kinect. It is only really let down by a layer of repetition in many of the mini-games and tasks... and of course targeted at younger audiences, it probably won't sit well with many of the hardcore gamer crowd.
GamesCollection (Dec 23, 2010)
Vista l’audience a cui è destinato, ho trovato il titolo molto bello, ben congegnato e coinvolgente (anche emotivamente) grazie alla straordinaria espressività e dolcezza degli animaletti che esplorano l’isola col giocatore. Il rischio grosso era che fosse un pet simulator alla stregua delle infinite saghe di titoli per Nintendo DS, ma qui il cucciolo è anche un amico che ci accompagna in un’avventura ben più strutturata, ed il senso di scoperta che regala è apprezzato dal bambino molto di più che non fare il babysitter ad un animale domestico! Se avete figli o fratellini/sorelline certamente farete loro un ottimo regalo di Natale (attenti solamente che siano abbastanza grandi da capire il sistema di controllo)!
XboxAchievements (Nov 03, 2010)
Kinectimals is a great start for Microsoft’s more family friendly orientated Kinect catalogue and if this can’t entice parents to part with their cash, then nothing will. It’s adorable, engaging, fun, and really utilises the full potential of the device. If only the experience wasn’t marred by a few oversights; such as the odd random spike in the learning curve, a complicated menu-system (for kids) and a terrible throwing mechanic. Otherwise, get this for your kids or you’ll get a lump of coal for Christmas.
The Telegraph (Nov 11, 2010)
However, the incredibly fun presentation, brilliant animation and sugary sweet personality of both the cubs and their surrounding allows players to forgive a lot of Kinectimal's shortcomings. It goes without saying that kids will go absolutely doolally for Kinectimals. If you own an Xbox 360 and you have any young children in your family, then this game justifies the price of the peripheral all on its own. However, Kinectimals is capable of enchanting everyone except perhaps the most hard-hearted core gamers.
Brash Games (Nov 26, 2010)
If you’re looking for a more sophisticated gaming experience with Kinect then you won’t find it here. Kinectimals is a superbly well presented title which is sure to outlast the majority of AAA titles available at the moment – provided you’re aged eight and under. For parents looking to justify the £130 camera under their TV, this is essential. Anyone else should probably look elsewhere unless you really like cats.
GameSpot (Nov 03, 2010)
You can perform challenges with friends to compete for high scores, but unusually for a minigame collection, Kinectimals is more comfortable as a single-player experience. The minigames are too uneven for them to be added to your family game rotation, but more importantly, they are a backdrop to the more interesting notion of getting to know a virtual companion. If you wait for a few moments without choosing an activity of your own accord, your cub will bring you a toy, or a brush, or a whistle, indicating what he wants to do next. He'll nudge the interface as you cycle through selections, as if to give you a stamp of approval. He'll flip a hat you toss onto his head and return it to you. Your pet may not grow, but he's otherwise as adorably authentic as you could hope for without being saccharine. Most of the more game-y elements are weak, but it's difficult to dwell on them for long, when there's a purring pussycat nuzzled against the screen.
70 (UK) (Nov 04, 2010)
Children won't care as much about the hand-holding, though, and people with a sensitive cuteness reflex will be willing to forgive everything that's wrong with Kinectimals every time their panther cub rolls over and bats the air with those big furry paws. Of all the Kinect launch titles, this is perhaps the one with the most actual substance. Hopefully it's but a hint of things to come.
67 (Nov 09, 2010)
Inhaltlich ist das Streicheln, Tricks beibringen und Bewundern der fantastischen Felldarstellung jedoch nur wenig mehr als die derzeit visuell aufwändigste Minispiel-Sammlung am Markt. Die gibt sich zwar hinsichtlich der Steuerungs-Mechanik und Kinect-Erkennung deutlich weniger Blößen als viele Kollegen, ist aber auch nicht über alle Zweifel erhaben. Erschwerend kommt hinzu, dass der Reiz mit den Katzen herumzutollen und den auf Dauer nervenden Sidekick zu ertragen, proportional zum Alter des Spielers sowie der Spieldauer abnimmt - zumal die sympathischen Katzenbabys keine charakterlichen Unterschiede zeigen. Als Einstieg in die controllerfreie Kinect-Welt kurzzeitig unterhaltsam und jederzeit schön anzuschauen, doch absolut nichts, mit dem man sich stundenlang beschäftigen oder in dessen Welt man gar abtauchen könnte!