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Developer(s) Frontier Developments
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Designer(s) Ben Dowie
Platform(s) Xbox 360, Windows Phone, iOS, Android
Release date(s) Xbox 360 & Windows Phone
  • NA: November 4, 2010
  • EU: November 10, 2010
  • AUS: November 18, 2010
  • NA: December 13, 2011
Genre(s) Digital pet
Mode(s) Single-player

Kinectimals is a video game for the Xbox 360 that use Kinect and also available for these platforms: Windows Phone,[1] iOS[2] and Android. In Kinectimals players can interact with virtual animals in a manner akin to pets, gameplay includes activities such as teaching tricks to the animal, guiding the animal around an obstacle course, and free-form play.

The video game is aimed at a young audience, particularly children, and includes eleven different virtual animals all based on wild cats. Kinectimals was developed by Frontier Developments and was a launch title for Kinect.

An add-on, Kinectimals: Now With Bears!, was released on October 11, 2011, and Kinectimals: Unleashed was released on 1 May 2014.[3]


Throughout the game players spend time using the Kinect System to feed, play with, care, and even raise the cub. Upon starting the game the player will visit Fur Town, where they will choose one of the 6 initial cubs. As they play the game, more cubs can be unlocked. Throughout the game there are 11 cubs.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 75.88%[4]
Metacritic 74/100[5]
Review scores
Publication Score B-[6]
Eurogamer 7/10[7]
Game Informer 8/10[8]
GameSpot 7.5/10[9]
GamesRadar 8/10[10]
GameTrailers 8.5/10[11]
IGN 7.0/10[12]
OXM 8/10[13]
X-Play 3/5 stars[14]

Kinectimals has received mostly positive reviews. Video game talk show Good Game's two presenters gave the game a 7 and 7.5 out of 10 saying how it was quite fun and that your animal would give instant feedback as well most younger gamers would love playing it. Initially they said "It has a lot more life, energy and fun to it than something like EyePet - there's a lot of sparkle, but I was okay with that."[15]


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  5. ^ "Kinectimals for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  6. ^ Thierry Nguyen (2010-11-05). "Kinectimals Review for Xbox 360". Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  7. ^ Keza MacDonald (2010-11-04). "Kinectimals Xbox 360 Review". Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  8. ^ Annette Gonzalez (2010-11-03). "Kinectimals". Game Informer. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  9. ^ Kevin VanOrd (2010-11-03). "Kinectimals Review for Xbox 360". GamesSpot. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  10. ^ Matt Cabral (2010-11-04). "Kinectimals review". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  11. ^ "Kinectimals Video Game, Review Pod | Video Clip". 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  12. ^ Jack DeVires (2010-11-03). "Kinectimals Review". IGN. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  13. ^ Alaina Yee (2010-11-04). "Kinectimals". Official Xbox Magazine. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  14. ^ Stephen Johnson (2010-11-03). "Kinectimals Review for Xbox 360". Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  15. ^ Bendixsen 6.5/10, O'Donnell 6/10 (29 November 2010). "Kinect Round Up Review". Season 5. Episode 42 ABC Television.  Missing or empty |series= (help)

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