Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure (Available exclusively on Xbox 360)
ESRB Rating: E
Publisher: Microsoft / Disney Interactive Studios
Developer: Asobo Studio
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Parent Talk: Kinect Rush is rated E for everyone and suitable for children of all ages, even full-grown men who act like children. In fact this game is perfect for those man-children you might know.
Plays Like: Kinect Disney Land mixed with a more polished Kinect Adventures.
Review Basis: Tried every movie and completed most of the adventures.
Kinect gaming is finally taking shape. Kinect Rush isn’t really aimed at adults, but shouldn’t be passed up for the young ones in the family. With the upcoming Kinect Star Wars too, there’s lots of fun to be had for kids with Microsoft’s Kinect.
Impressive production values. For a kids’ game, this is interesting. Rush features adventures from five of Pixar’s most popular franchises: including Cars, Up and The Incredibles. The voice work is handled by the original casts, which preserves the authenticity. The visuals are colorful, bright, and vibrant, matching the look and feel of the movies perfectly. If you’d like a virtual Disney theme park of sorts, this is for you.
+ Tricks your child into exercise! They won’t even notice because it’s about fun.
+ “Make believe” situations for classic characters. They don’t replace full-length Pixar movies or Saturday morning cartoons, but set the mood well. Kids will be hooked.
+ Difficulty is light. No one should be frustrated, and optional challenges are provided for those who enjoy unlocking goodies and medals. Leaderboards are also present to complete with your friends.
+ Adventures blend well within their respective universes. Most of the Cars games have you racing in cities and other tasks such as disarming bombs. Toy Story pits you as Woody and Buzz Lightyear facing ridiculous odds but having fun doing so. You feel like a superhero in The Incredibles, flying through a lava cave or lifting huge boulders. The five different worlds help Rush stay fresh.
+ Like Kinect Disneyland, your body is the controller. The experience isn’t perfect of course, but running around jumping on springs and whatnot feels intuitive. You need a lot of room if you want the sensor to react well to your movements.
+ Bonuses. The game is packaged with a second disc of demos, and 160 Microsoft Point insert.
+/- On occasion, the sensor doesn’t interpret your exact movements. The game also tends to be easy, but that’s probably good since this isn’t intended for the hardcore.
Growing up, I would’ve loved access to Kinect Rush. Kids will love this. It’s well-executed and boasts many classic Disney franchises. If you don’t have children (or a younger brother/sister), then this probably won’t appeal to you. Otherwise, you can be sure Kinect Rush will get them up and about in no time. Highly recommended.
Final Score: 8.5/10