Kinect: Disneyland Adventures Reviews

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    02 Dec 2011 19 Jun 2012
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    Disneyland Adventures

    Gameplay / Story:
    This is a true to life recreation of Disneyland in Anaheim with a cast of over 40 familiar iconic faces, The rides and attractions are now made in to an assortment of mini games, classic rides are less interactive but are more of a nostalgic experience for those that have been.

    The rest of the "story" is a sand box adventure each park character has up to 10 side quests (most have 5-6) this is an assortment of collecting pictures or random objects or a host of other interactions (magic wand, water pistol, spy glass etc) Characters with quests are easily spotted as they sport a giant exclamation mark which is also visible in an overhead map of Disneyland

    and the last part of game play is simply park exploration which is much the same as the above but instead of interaction for a character you are filling out your own autograph books and photo albums and pin collections as well as putting a spell on the light posts and manholes and a host of other make work tasks around the park.

    Handling
    The idea of a sandbox kinect game, especially one as large as this will put a lot of people off but this is executed very well and totally works. You point the way you wish to move with your right hand (sharp turns with your shoulders) and your interaction tools with your left
    Starting conversations are done with a wave and hugs and autographs are done in hand-gestures that are simple and easy to remember but most importantly they make sense. The whole game tracks fairly well and when it doesn't its forgiving.
    I have to be honest here and say its not as smooth as it would be on a standard controller, and it does feel like a lot more effort but it is worth it... and there have been times where I've been frustrated with not being able to switch between the interactive tools as easily and quickly as it would traditionally.
    But you do have the option of sitting down (I'm often playing cross legged on the floor) and only getting up for mini games.

    Graphics & Sound:
    This is where the game really stands out the game is done in a cartoonish way that you would expect but occasionally when you catch a glimpse of the top of the Matterhorn from fantasy land or the top of the pirate ship towering over sycamores from adventure land you are transported back to the first time you went to Disneyland. The park is dotted with other visitors and lines are existent (but you are able to fast-pass your though a portal way to the front of the line) which all adds to the realism of being there.
    The sound is fitting and as you wander though the park over hearing a few notes from small world as you run past it, makes it magical.
    The princesses hum their respective songs as they stand around idle but there is a mini game where they sing and dance and you are asked to join in the dancing and optionally belt out Disney tunes at the top of your lungs redface

    Achievements:
    These are LONG... read GRINDY... about 15hrs in to the game and I have a little under 300 gamerscore to show for it. There are well over 1000 collectibles/photographs to take so be prepared for one long game... I would imagine at this point just completing all the tasks will be upwards of 40hrs plus attractions plus park collectibles we are looking at well over 100hrs of gameplay. This is something that one can easily pick up (but putting down is quite another story) as its lots of little tasks and the rides are all fairly short.
    Good luck trying to figure out where you are missing photos the only in game tracker is a percentage broken down to each area, good thing is once a photograph is taken its no longer begging for your attention (hidden mickeys are sparkly and park passes have bouncy signs which become stationary)

    Conclusion:
    This is a fantastic show case title of what the Kinect can do. Its beautiful and nostalgic and has the best kinect handling outside of a dance/sport title. You are absolutely getting your moneys worth in content and game-play. For some it might seem like a lot of make work tasks and tire quickly of the repetitiveness. But for those that are young at heart and have a love for Disney you are in for a treat.
    Regardless of completion this is a must own title for any Kinect gamers. For those looking for a quick and easy 1k move along... this is not the game for you.
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    TheDude722Disney meets Donkey Kong 64 meets Pokemon Snap meets Kinect Adventures ;)
    why did this review get 5 negative votes?
    Posted by TheDude722 on 20 Feb 12 at 17:44
    xinixbGreat review! one thing it didn't mention is when you play the game...you feel like the young kid running through the park again :-D Only a couple of hours of gameplay but I already love it. At first you think it would be childish, but infact it turns you into the child again
    Posted by xinixb on 10 Mar 12 at 13:07
    BadTarantulathanks for the review, i wouldn't have thought to try this game otherwise! probably one of the best kinect games out there right now.
    Posted by BadTarantula on 13 Mar 12 at 13:41
    RandomnuttaYep!
    Posted by Randomnutta on 18 Jun 12 at 23:22
    Christian DoeI'll have to try playing while sitting on the floor. This game can be hard on the arms and legs while walking around for collectibles.
    Posted by Christian Doe on 01 Nov 12 at 17:41
    Skanker irlDaughter loves it. Entertaining enough that she can play it alone or I can play it with her to obtain the harder achievements.
    Posted by Skanker irl on 15 Apr 13 at 12:54
    AVENGINGVIXENThis game is horrible! I bought to play with my kids and we can't play together because it keeps losing players and not responding to moments. I'm grinding through it solo and it is pure torture. I wish i had never put it on my tag. now, i have to play it so it doesn't kill my completion percentage. It is so unresponsive to your movements and it is buggy. I'm really disappointed. The collectibles are Hellish. avoid
    Posted by AVENGINGVIXEN on 12 Jun 13 at 01:18
    Pernicious ShotGreat review! Fun game to do with a family member. You have to be insane to play this on your own. Bought the game when it first came out, intending to occasionally play with my sister who loves Disney. Turned out to be fun. We constantly complained about the "grinding" which we called b!&@h work, and yelled at Karen (tour guide) for constantly slowing us down and blocking the way. To those reading who have not bought the game yet, make sure you have someone you can play with and have a good time. It will seriously piss you off if you play solo.
    Posted by Pernicious Shot on 02 Dec 13 at 08:59
    FreshSpinachCompared to Kinect Adventures, this game feels a lot more polished when it comes to presentation and contents, but it fails to measure up when it comes to controls and accuracy. Sometimes there's an enormous lag between my jumps and the response on screen, sometimes it only picks up one of my arms when I'm moving both, etc. Playing became more frustrating than fun. It could be just lack of talent though.
    Posted by FreshSpinach on 03 Dec 13 at 18:44
    I8ITackyticsI8IThe game is really addictive and pretty fun, but the controls are really horrible in terms of responsiveness and sometimes you are left not knowing what to do. The amount of collectables is truly startling and my game acts like voice controls have been spoken when the room is quiet, like when in shops it will constantly act like I've said 'go back' which gets frustrating. No other Kinect game is like this, it's weird.
    Posted by I8ITackyticsI8I on 15 Feb 15 at 22:57