Kinect games: here's what you can buy

Best Kinect games reviewed and rated

Kinect games

At its E3 keynote in June, Microsoft talked up a range of games that will work with the Xbox Kinect motion-sensing gaming system, which is now on sale.

With these titles, promises Microsoft, "your living room will become a zoo, a stadium, a fitness room or a dance club."

Where the Kinect games have been reviewed by our colleagues on CVG, and Official Xbox Magazine we've included their scores below.

On 16 September, Microsoft announced a further five Kinect games, with a less casual slant. These five games are:

codename D (Grasshopper Manufacture, Microsoft Game Studios)
From the makers of killer7 and the No More Heroes series. You must fight to survive an amusement park filled with twisted and eerie creatures.

Project Draco (Grounding, Microsoft Game Studios)
The director of Phantom Dust and Panzer Dragoon releases a 3D flying shooter. Use Kinect to control your dragon and train it as a partner in combat.

Haunt (NanaOn-Sha, Microsoft Game Studios)
Dodge traps and outwit ghosts in a haunted house.

Steel Battalion Heavy Armor (Capcom, From Software)
This all-new game revives the Steel Battalion series. Set in Manhattan, 2082, where computers and almost all modern technology have been lost, the American army lands in New York to begin its first big offensive of a ground war.

Rise of Nightmares (SEGA)
Rise of Nightmares is a horror game promises to use the new controls of Kinect for Xbox 360 "to give players the ultimate fright."

Here are the Xbox Kinect games that were announced at E3.

Star Wars
Microsoft and LucasArts announced that they will bring Star Wars to Kinect in 2011.

EA Sports Active 2
EA has confirmed that its forthcoming EA Sports Active 2 title will be fully compatible with Microsoft's Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360.

Like Tamagotchi for the Xbox generation, Kinectimals lets you adopt animals such as a tiger cub. Your Kinectimal will come running when they hear your voice, respond to commands like "jump," "roll-over" and "play dead," and purr when you scratch them behind the ears.

OXM's rating: 8 / 10

Kinectimals review on OXM


Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
Ubisoft's calorie burning fitness game lets you interact with virtual environments, adding visual effects that respond to your movement and impact. Choose a personal trainer to help you meet specific fitness goals and take yoga or Martial Arts classes. As you exercise, you'll get feedback on your progress.

OXM's rating: 8 / 10

OXM's Your Shape: Fitness Evolved review

Your shape

Kinect Joy Ride
Described by Microsoft as "the first controller-free racing game," Kinect Joy Ride is a Kart racing game where you steer with an imaginary steering wheel. Try explaining to your neighbours what you're doing when they peer in the window.

CVG's rating: 5.3 / 10

Joy Ride review on CVG

Kinect joy ride

Kinect Sports
Probably not one for people in upstairs flats, Kinect Sports has you jumping, running, boxing and kicking balls. Kinect Sports features football, beach volleyball, bowling, table tennis, boxing and track & field events.

CVG's rating: 7.9 / 10

Kinect Sports review on CVG

Kinect sports

Kinect Adventures
Jump, dodge and kick your way through levels that include floating in outer space, riding the rapids, mountaintop obstacle courses and an underwater observatory.

CVG's rating: 6.3 / 10

Kinect Adventures review on CVG

Kinect adventures

Dance Central
Described as " the first full-body, controller-free dance video game with fun choreography for beginners and experts," Dance Central promises to introduce you to over 90 dance routines created by professional choreographers. Features tracks from Lady Gaga, No Doubt, M.I.A. and others. We're liking the look of this one.

OXM's rating: 8 /10

Dance Central review on OXM

Dance central

Forza 4 Kinect
Forza 4 will be Kinect enabled, and in the Kinect mode you'll be able to steer with an invisible steering wheel, just like when you were a kid and you sat in the passenger seat of your parents' car.

Forza kinect

Other Kinect games available or coming soon include:

Child of Eden
In Child of Eden you must save Project Lumi, a mission to reproduce a human personality inside Eden, the archive of all human memories. It's under attack from a virus and it's your job to restore peace, as you work through six universes.

DECA Sports Freedom
From Hudson Entertainment, DECA Sports Freedom is a collection of 10 sports mini-games: tennis, archery, paintball, bowling, beach volleyball, dodgeball, kendo, figure skating, moguls and snowboarding.

Dance Masters
Dance Masters is, as its name suggests, a dance game. It's from Konami, the creator of the Dance Dance Revolution series. The game features career and lesson modes and multiplayer support for up to four players.

GamesRadar's rating: 6 / 10

Dance Masters review on GamesRadar

Adrenalin Misfits
Konami's Adrenalin Misfits lets you race your crossboard across mountains, deserts and volcanoes whilst pulling tricks and winning new boards.

Zumba Fitness
Zumba Fitness is a workout game from Majesco that "uses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves".

Sonic Free Riders
Sega brings Sonic to Kinect with Sonic Free Riders, which lets you create and customise a hoverboard or bike to race against your friends with. Races feature pick-ups and usable items.

The Biggest Loser: Ultimate WorkoutTQH's fat-buster is a spin-off from the TV series and promises "a fun, new approach to health and fitness in video games." Health? In video games? Whatever next?

Motion Sports
Motion Sports is a bunch of sports mini-games including including skiing, horseback riding, hang gliding, football and boxing.

Game Party: In Motion
16 mini-games for n00bs, from Warner Bros. Interactive. These "pick up and play" games include Hoop Shoot, Darts and Table Hockey.

Michael Jackson: The Experience
No, not that experience. Michael Jackson: The Experience puts you in MJ's shoes in a dance and singing game where you get to relive the King Of Pop's stage appearances.

Fighters Uncaged
Ubisoft's fighting game lets you "enter into the vicious world of secret, illegal, fighting tournaments." Features up to 70 moves inspired by Thai Boxing and 12 different opponents.

Get Fit With Mel B
Get Fit With Mel B offers over 100 fitness routines with Scary Spice as well as a "personal nutrition programme" which includes meal plans and recipes.

For another opinion, check out OXM's best Kinect games roundup.

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