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Developer(s)Frontier Developments
Publisher(s)Microsoft Game Studios
Director(s)Jonny Watts
Producer(s)Michael Brookes
Designer(s)Ben Dowie
Programmer(s)Matthew Simper
Artist(s)John Laws
Composer(s)Peter McConnell
Platform(s)Xbox 360, Windows Phone, iOS, Android
ReleaseXbox 360 & Windows Phone
  • NA: November 4, 2010
  • EU: November 10, 2010
  • AU: November 18, 2010
  • NA: December 13, 2011
Genre(s)Digital pet

Kinectimals is a video game for the Xbox 360 that use Kinect, with versions also available for various mobile devices.[1][2] In the game 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: Bear Island, was released as downloadable content on October 11, 2011, along with Kinectimals: Now with Bears!, a single retail disc that bundles Bear Island with the base game.[3][4] It also includes a FAO Schwarz plush with scan tag.


Throughout the game players spend time using the Kinect system to feed, play with, care, and even raise an animal 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. The cat-lemur fairy, Bumble (voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz) guides the player through the game. Players can also use the scan tag to unlock new cubs.


Aggregate scores
Review scores
Game Informer8/10[9]
OXM (US)8/10[14]
X-Play3/5 stars[15]

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."[16]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 9, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ North, Dale (October 20, 2011). "Review: Kinectimals: Now With Bears". Destructoid. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  4. ^ McElroy, Justin (July 26, 2011). "Run for your lives: 'Kinectimals Now With Bears!' due this fall". Joystiq. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kinectimals for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  6. ^ "Kinectimals for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  7. ^ Thierry Nguyen (November 5, 2010). "Kinectimals Review for Xbox 360". Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  8. ^ Keza MacDonald (November 4, 2010). "Kinectimals Xbox 360 Review". Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  9. ^ Annette Gonzalez (November 3, 2010). "Kinectimals". Game Informer. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  10. ^ Kevin VanOrd (November 3, 2010). "Kinectimals Review for Xbox 360". GamesSpot. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  11. ^ Matt Cabral (November 4, 2010). "Kinectimals review". GamesRadar. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  12. ^ "Kinectimals Video Game, Review Pod | Video Clip". November 4, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  13. ^ Jack DeVires (November 3, 2010). "Kinectimals Review". IGN. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  14. ^ Alaina Yee (November 4, 2010). "Kinectimals". Official Xbox Magazine. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  15. ^ Stephen Johnson (November 3, 2010). "Kinectimals Review for Xbox 360". Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  16. ^ Bendixsen 6.5/10, O'Donnell 6/10 (November 29, 2010). "Kinect Round Up Review". Season 5. Episode 42 ABC Television. Missing or empty |series= (help)

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