Kinectimals

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

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: Now with Bears!, was released on October 11, 2011.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

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. 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.

Cubs[edit]

There are 11 cubs in the game. In the bear version, it has 16 cubs.

  • Cheetah(Samantha)
  • Royal Bengal Tiger(Kailani)
  • Black panther(Bagheera)
  • African lion(Eustace)
  • African leopard(Enjolras)
  • Bornean Clouded Leopard(Jenna)
  • Serval(Tessa)
  • White Jaguar(Daniel)
  • Bobcat(Carter)
  • Siberian Tiger(Rosie)
  • Saber-tooth Tiger(Rose)

Bear version[edit]

  • Caspian Tiger
  • Cave Lion
  • Iriomote Cat(Rocky)
  • Liger
  • Marbled Cat

Unlockable cubs with scan tags[edit]

  • E3 Plush Royal Bengal Tiger
  • E3 Plush Black Panther
  • E3 Plush African Leopard
  • King Cheetah
  • Maltese Tiger
  • White Tiger
  • Iberian Lynx
  • African Lion (Plush)
  • Asiatic Cheetah
  • Bornean Clouded Leopard (Plush)
  • Golden Tabby Tiger
  • Plush Saber-tooth Tiger
  • Jaguar
  • Canadian Lynx
  • Asiatic Lion
  • Fishing Cat
  • Golden Tabby Tiger
  • Red-Striped White Bengal Tiger
  • Geoffroy's Cat
  • Black-Striped Red Bengal Tiger
  • Black-Striped Gold Bengal Tiger
  • Ocelot
  • Blue-Striped White Bengal Tiger
  • Black-Striped Gold Bengal Tiger
  • Black-Striped Blue Bengal Tiger

Bear cubs[edit]

  • Cinnamon Bear
  • Polar Bear
  • Black Bear
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Panda Bear
  • Glacier Bear
  • Sun Bear
  • Kodiak Bear
  • Koala Bear
  • Teddy Bear
  • Spectacled Bear
  • Red Panda

Build-a-Bear[edit]

  • Endless Hearts Teddy
  • Champ Bear
  • Colorful Hearts Bear
  • Peace & Hearts Bear

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 75.88%[4]
Metacritic 74/100[5]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com 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 (US) 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-exclusive-kinectimals-now-available-ios
  2. ^ http://wireless.ign.com/articles/121/1214672p1.html
  3. ^ Scammell, David (August 16, 2011). "Microsoft dates Kinect Sports, Dance Central and Kinectimals sequels". GamerZines. Archived from the original on August 21, 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kinectimals for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Kinectimals for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ Thierry Nguyen (November 5, 2010). "Kinectimals Review for Xbox 360". 1UP.com. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ Keza MacDonald (November 4, 2010). "Kinectimals Xbox 360 Review". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ Annette Gonzalez (November 3, 2010). "Kinectimals". Game Informer. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ Kevin VanOrd (November 3, 2010). "Kinectimals Review for Xbox 360". GamesSpot. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ Matt Cabral (November 4, 2010). "Kinectimals review". GamesRadar. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Kinectimals Video Game, Review Pod | Video Clip". GameTrailers.com. November 4, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  12. ^ Jack DeVires (November 3, 2010). "Kinectimals Review". IGN. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  13. ^ Alaina Yee (November 4, 2010). "Kinectimals". Official Xbox Magazine. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  14. ^ Stephen Johnson (November 3, 2010). "Kinectimals Review for Xbox 360". G4tv.com. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  15. ^ Bendixsen 6.5/10, O'Donnell 6/10 (November 29, 2010). "Kinect Round Up Review". Season 5. Episode 42http://www.abc.net.au/tv/goodgame/stories/s3079641.htm. ABC Television.  Missing or empty |series= (help)

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