Top Ten Kinect Games for Xbox 360
The Xbox 360 gives you, your kids, and the rest of your family a great opportunity to not only play interactive video games with each other, but also work out as well. Each Saturday my family gets together and plays Kinect and it's a highlight for each week. In this post I'll give you my list and review of the top ten kinect games as well as all the need-to-know information for each.
#1 Kinect Sports by Microsoft
If you are looking for a family friendly Kinect game then my personal favorite is Kinect Sports by Microsoft. This game is intended for ages ten and older although my 6 year old enjoys it a lot. You choose from different types of sports from soccer pitch to bowling, and the best thing about Kinect is that you are the controller. What makes it so great is you actually have to kick, throw, and run to play this game which promotes physical activity. Your kids can play their video games and work up a sweat. Kinect Sports has team based and individual sports with challenges you must complete to get ahead. Play solo, as a team, or compete at fun sports such as table tennis and boxing.
I love how easy it is to play this game. Young children and older adults will love the experience this game gives you. Some sports are harder to master than others, as it is in real life, but no matter what level you are at Kinect Sports gives you a fun time. This game also gives you a great workout depending on which sport you pick.
I love how the track and field games make you run and jump, which could lead to losing weight if you are focused on that. In all the Kinect Sports game is a fun time for the family and easily a top choice in the Kinect world.
#2 Star Wars Kinect
Next on the list is a little more game like. Kinect Star Wars is rated Teen and something my family members and little brother enjoy immensely. You can be a part of "Star Wars" without having the hassle of a controller. The visuals are amazing in the game and the crispness makes everything look so stunning. This game has all the iconic characters, the ships and vehicles you know, and the droids you'd expect.
You play as a Jedi and set your own difficulty levels so anyone can have a great time playing. I love that you can train as a Jedi to use the force in the game and you can also customize the training to your liking. You can choose to become a Jedi Master, a champion Podracer, or become a Rancor. Whichever you choose you get to experience the work of training while having fun as well. I feel that the story modes in this game may be a little lack luster, mostly just fighting the same way repeatedly, but duels and battles modes are addicting and kids find it hard to stop playing. Kinect Star Wars is the perfect game for the fan and kids love it, which makes it a top contender for best Kinect game.
#3 Just Dance 3 Kinect
A wonderful and addicting game for Kinect is Just Dance 3. This game is rated 10 and older, but younger kids can get the hang of it and love it just as much. Once again, you don't have to worry about swinging a remote around like with the Wii, which makes this more of a dancing experience.
This game features song from the top of the charts and different types of songs for everyone to enjoy. You can also select the Just Sweat it out feature, which I love. It is more of a workout plan and you set it up how you like and pick the songs. This game still has the modes everyone is used to like classic, duet, medley, and Simon says, which makes you switch up the routine and have a bit more fun. Some new features include Just Create which also you to make and record your own dance routine!
You can even upload your moves online so others can play your dance. Fun or challenging you can decide and become the choreographer. You can now play with four players at a time and compete with each other, which is nice because usually there are more people sitting out than getting the chance to play. Since I have a large family this mode is perfect for us. With all the wonderful features of Just Dance for Kinect it is my favorite and a crowd pleaser.
#4 Your Shape Fitness Evolved
If you are looking for a Kinect game for the sole purpose of working out then I would choose Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 - 2014. This has an E rating, so anyone can use this game to get a workout. This is a customizable game, allowing you to design a workout based on your fitness level, set goals and a schedule. The new motion tracking technology also allows you to do floor exercises while being tracked on the game.
You can focus on specific muscle groups, share your progress with friends through the Your Shape Center, and compete through the global Your Shape community. You'll never get bored with Your Shape because it has over 90 hours of activities. I love the different classes which includes Boot Camp, Jump Rope, and Dance classes.
This is the perfect Kinect workout and I love that the tracking will keep you on point and get you to where you want to be. No faking it with this game, Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 is a top pick and a great workout game for Xbox 360.
#5 Zumba Fitness Rush
Another great workout provider is Zumba Fitness Rush. Voice control, online connectivity, and the new routines blows Zumba Fitness 2 for the Wii out of the water. 42 new routines, 24 different dance styles, and today's hottest artists will provide you with a fun and challenges workout experience. This game can also be a two players so you can dance and party with your friends and family.
I love how this game keeps track of how many calories you've burned and keeps track of your workout stats. The classes in this game are so much fun you forget you are working out. Choose your class length and create your own playlist so you can do your favorite dances. I feature I am absolutely in love with is the red light that shows up on the part of your body you need to work on. Yes, Zumba Fitness Rush is one of the best games for Kinect and one I would recommend to everyone.
Best Kinect Game for Kids
A cute game for younger kids would be Kinectimals. This adorable game is a popular choice and is rated everyone. In this game children and animal lovers become friends with some exotic creatures from around the world. This is a chance to have one of these animals as a pet and you get to teach them tricks, pet them, and interact with them on the screen. You choose to adopt one of twenty creatures and your pet will learn to recognize your voice and its name.
As your pet grows it turns from friend to sidekick and you can explore together. You can discover treasures, toys, and new environments which keeps the game entertaining. Another feature outside the game is the plush toys you can buy online or at the store. You simply scan the code into the Kinect and your new friend will appear on the screen. This allows your little children to step away from the game and still keep their friend with them, which is what I adore.
It won't be as hard to tear them away from the screen when they have their stuffed friend beside them. This really is a cute game, but is best suited for those of younger ages, as it would get a bit boring for adults without any real action involved. If you are searching for a fun game for your child then the Kinectimals game is the perfect choice.
#7 Kinect Disneyland Adventures
The next game gives you the Disneyland experience without having to leave the comfort of your living room. Kinect Disneyland Adventures is a fun game for ages 10 and up which allows you to explore and play Disney games. You can explore the Disneyland Park without dealing with crowds and while going at your own pace. You get to explore the rides and attractions as adventures and meet the characters who give you autographs to collect and quests to complete.
The game also allows you to add another player to explore and compete with so your friends and family are not left out. I think this game is adorable and the graphics are amazing. Perfect is your kids are Disney fans but you don't have time or the money to go to the Park all the time. You get to customize your character and get started from the train station. There is so much to do that your kids will love the game. It can get a bit repetitive, which is why I think it is perfect for younger children, but Kinect Disneyland Adventures is a wonderful interactive game for your kids.
#8 Kinect Rush Disney Pixar Adventure
Another fun game for the kids is Kinect Rush Disney Pixar Adventure. You can use the Kinect scanner to become a unique character and choose from 5 different Pixar worlds to have fun in. This game can only be described as vibrant and it gives you the Pixar experience. Solve puzzles and uncover secrets as you help your Pixar friends and unlock adventures.
This is a fast paced adventure game which your children will love and something I think adults wouldn't mind taking part in. This is an incredible and entertaining game that allows up to two plays and is something the kids won't be able to get enough of. If you are searching for a fun interactive experience for your children then pick Kinect Rush Disney Pixar Adventure.
#9 Dance Central 2
Dance Central 2 is another great pick for Kinect. Rated teen this is another fast paced dance game that allows you to part and have a workout at the same time. The new multiplayer features allows you to party it up with your friends and even lets players drop out or join in whenever they feel like it during the song. No stopping the party or pausing for one person's needs, they can simply back out for a minute. The in-game Music Store allows players to add songs to their library and bring new songs into the mix.
For the first time Dance Central also has voice commands in the practice process to make things a bit easier for you. This game is a very popular choice which my kids and family really enjoy. It's perfect for a party atmosphere because the jump in and drop out feature make it easy to arrive and start having fun. Dance Central 2 is a wonderful game for those looking to have a good time.
#10 Wipeout in the Zone
Last but not least we have Wipeout in the Zone. Based off the popular television show my family was very excited about this one. This is a party game that allows you to work your way through the insane obstacle courses of the show. I love this because as you are watching the show you may say you could do better than the players shown.
This is a chance to put that to the test without having to actually mess up on TV. With more than 50 obstacles to overcome this came keeps you on your toes and having fun. 4 person supports allows this to be the perfect family time activity. Instead of gathering to watch the show my family now gets together to play the game.
This is great if you are looking for more quality time with your family. Jump your way through the game and laugh as your avatar gets knocked in the water. This game is like being in the show without all the mud, water, and mess which makes it even more fun. Wipeout in the Zone is a great family game and one I would gladly recommend!
If you enjoyed this post, please check out my related posts like this one on G-Sync Monitors for 2015.
Kinect Game 2013 - 2014 Poll
New Reader Feedback and Commentary
Anuar A Lequerica on February 17, 2015:
Don't forget Child of Eden and The Gunstringer.