Despite the fact that they released high-profile games like Pure, Split/Second and Epic Mickey, The House of Mouse's console output's dwindled significantly. That makes their partnership with Microsoft an important one, because Xbox 360s sit in millions of living rooms across the world. To make the joint venture that is Kinect Disneyland Adventures work, they've tapped Frontier Developments, who created one of the better Kinect experiences with Kinectimals last year. Can they work their mojo in the Magic Kingdom, too? Get your mouse hats on, kids. Time for a Gut Check.
Evan Narcisse, a new parent who always liked Donald Duck more, thanks to Carl Barks' amazing comics art:
It might be easy to right this game off as just so much cashier-friendly Kinect kiddie twaddle. But think of it from a child's perspective: here's a game that takes you to Disneyland. And better yet, you get to dance and hug (among other things) with the characters that you love, a damn sight better than the mute mascot suits walking around the park. There's a surprising amount of game in Kinect Disneyland Adventures, too. It's not just high fives and picture-taking with Minnie; loads of active play await the kids and parents who travel around the game's virtual theme park. In fact, some of the levels run the risk of overstaying their welcomes. However, just enough gentle danger pops up to make these feel like adventures, which is, again, the game giving you more than the actual Disneyland does. Snowball fights with Yetis, for example. If that doesn't one-up reality, then it serves as a enticing complement. Yes.
When I saw this being played by kids at GamesCom, there was genuine wonder in their faces that they could not just explore the famous theme park, but interact with it as well. When I describe this game to my wife and her friends, all of them Disney fanatics, their eyes light up, and I find myself explaining what a Kinect is and no they can't play it on their PS2, you'll need to buy an Xbox 360.
And as a father of a small child, already on her way to being indoctrinated into the world of Disney by her mother, all I can think of is how much she'll lose her shit playing this. So you know what? For the happiness this looks like it'll bring those closest to me, I'm giving this a Yes.