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Kinect is a bit of a dirty word for some people. The Xbox 360 add-on has been a bit of a mixed bag to put things mildly, but that’s not to say that the peripheral doesn’t have some good games to play on it. The Xbox One and Kinect 2.0 are a mere few weeks away, so I thought it’d be a great time to count down the top 20 Kinect games of all time. If you’re into motion controlled gaming, you don’t want to miss out on this list.
Please keep in mind that this is my own personal opinion. I’m not trying to deceive anyone into thinking these games are the greatest of all time, these are just solid Kinect games that I’ve personally enjoyed.
20.Harry Potter Kinect
When this game was announced I was hoping for something better than the Kinect features added onto the Xbox 360 version of Deathly Hallows Part 1. For what it’s worth, Harry Potter Kinect is a fun game that pretty much everyone can enjoy. Getting the chance to play through Harry’s time at Hogwarts is a pretty neat idea.
A lot of the games on this list aren’t retail Kinect titles at all. Diabolical Pitch is an Arcade Kinect game that is actually pretty fun. The premise of the game has you pitching fastballs and superpower pitches into alien hoards over and over again. This is one of the more unique and “hardcore” Kinect titles that you’ll find for the device.
18.Child Of Eden
Child Of Eden isn’t an exclusive game to the Xbox 360, and it doesn’t even require Kinect. The game is one of the better titles though, and this is one of the cases where “Better with Kinect” was more than just words written on the cover of the game.
17.Happy Action Theater
Happy Action Theater is a game that doesn’t get any recognition at all. Some people still don’t know it exists, but if you own Kinect it’s definitely a game you should pick up. There probably isn’t a better Kinect Party game than this one, and it’s from the makers of Brutal Legend. What more could you want?
16.Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster
Probably not a game for adults, this Sesame Street gem is something no family with Kinect should be without. One of the things I believe Kinect had going for it was the ability to offer a little something for everyone. This is definitely one of the better reviewed titles for Kinect, and it’s one that kids will absolutely adore.
15.Kinect Joy Ride
Kinect Joy Ride was a launch game for Kinect. There is no doubt that the game only received lukewarm reviews at best, but anyone who spent any time on the game enjoyed it for what it was. The online component and a large mix of game modes made for a pretty fun time. If you own a Kinect, or are currently thinking of buying one, this is a game you’ll want to pick up.
14.Fruit Ninja Kinect
Oddly enough Fruit Ninja Kinect was the game that got people talking positively about the device for the first time. There was an interesting and funny trailer shown off at E3 that got a lot of people’s attention. The game was great fun for only $10. Fruit Ninja Kinect was also a free download if you bought The Gunstringer at retail stores.
This is another of those Arcade Kinect games that was actually pretty good. Sure it was sort of an Angry Birds ripoff, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fun and interesting Kinect game. Later rounds of Wreckateer actually got pretty tough, but this is definitely a cheap and fun Kinect game.
12.Nike Kinect Training
Nike Kinect Training kind of came out of nowhere, but almost every Kinect owner that I know has the game. This is one of the fitness games that is actually quite a bit of fun and not too hard to learn. Definitely a Kinect fitness game to pick up if working out if your thing!
PowerUp Heroes was one of the more “hardcore” games you could say. It was also a game that went very far under the radar, it’s really a shame that so many pretty decent Kinect games didn’t get much of a publicity push or advertisements. This is one of the games I recommend to people when they tell me they’re going to buy a Kinect.
10.Rise Of Nightmares
Rise Of Nightmares is one of those games that wasn’t received well by a lot of critics, but actual Kinect owners that bought the game knew how much fun the game could be. The best way to describe the game is that it’s obviously a Sega game, and it reminded me a lot of House Of The Dead and Condemned. Which were two very cool and underrated games. This game was the first M rated Kinect game, and is definitely “hardcore”.
I love,love,love Haunt! This game is only $10, but a lot of people got it free a while back in a special promotion run by Microsoft. Some people complained that Kinect games were on rails, as if that type of game was suddenly infected with the plague or something. Haunt was a Kinect game that wasn’t on rails, much like Rise Of Nightmares you had to move in place to walk around. The game is relatively short, but it’s really fun.
Yes Kinectimals is too cute for its own good, but the game was a lot of fun for people of all ages. I’m a grown man but I loved the idea of a virtual pet to take care of. The game ended up winning quite a few awards and sold well over a million copies. So I don’t think I was the only one to really enjoy this charming pet simulator.
Kinect Adventures was the pack in game with every Kinect sold. The game is basically a tech demo of what the device can do, and it was actually quite a lot of fun. Sure it wasn’t as legendary as Wii Sports was, but the game gave a fun glimpse of what could be accomplished with Kinect and mini-games.
6.Dance Central Series
It’s hard to pick just one, so I’m picking the entire Dance Central trilogy for number six on this list. If there is a game that is most recognizable on Kinect it’s Dance Central. What sets this dance title apart from others on other systems it’s that you don’t need to hold a peripheral while you dance. This is the game to own if you hang out with friends, girls in particular because they absolutely love to dance. This is a game Kinect owners should have in their collection if only to bring it out when friends are over.
5.Kinect Disneyland Adventures
This might be another one of those cute titles, but darn it I’ve never actually been to Disneyland. So this is the perfect game for me, or anyone who like good ol Mickey Mouse and company. There is actually quite a lot to do and see, so this game is one of those games that will take multiple play-through’s to see and do everything.
4.Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure
Yes it’s a mouthful to say, but Kinect Rush A Disney Pixar Adventure is such a great game. Another one of those games that never gets the attention it deserves. You get to play as some of your all time favorite Pixar characters, you visit their worlds and explore so much of the Disney-Pixar universe. I’m a huge fan of everything Pixar, and this game is actually another one of those not-on-rails games. If you’re looking for a great Kinect game, give this one a try.
I love the Fable series, and even though this isn’t one of the numbered Fable games it does play a big role in the development of the story. Yes the game is largely on rails, although you do have quite a bit more control than a lot of media outlets led people to believe. This was also the first Fable game to feature the Unreal Engine, and I think it’s one of the best looking Fable games because of it. Fable The Journey is quite a long game, thankfully you can be seated for the entirety of the game. It clocks in at an impressive 14-16 hours, so if you like any of the Fable games and own a Kinect, pick this game up.
The Gunstringer could be number one on this list, but it was a tough choice. I loved The Gunstinger and beat it in a single fun filled gaming session. Playing an undead marionette who is out for revenge, all in a live stage play setting was one of the best things to ever come to the Xbox 360, let alone Kinect. The game is so much fun, and reminds me of a mix between some of the old Sega Saturn rail shooters and a platformer like LittleBigPlanet. If you own an Xbox 360 and Kinect you need to own this game!
1.Kinect Sports Series
Yes Rare Studios gets a lot of hate these days, but I absolutely loved everything they did this past generation. That includes the Kinect Sports games which have not only worked great with Kinect, but they’ve sold extremely well. After playing Kinect Sports Rivals during the Xbox One Tour I am completely sold on the tech and that game in particular. If you have a Kinect, thinking about buying a Kinect, you need to buy these games pronto.
Well there’s my list of the top 20 Kinect titles. A cynical person might say it’s easy to make a top 20 list because the Kinect didn’t have that many games. I’d say I had to whittle this list down from around 45-50 games. As I said earlier, these games aren’t Game Of The Year material in any way, but they’re fun and functional on Kinect. Hopefully we get a mix of fun games like these on Xbox One and Kinect 2.0. I’d also love to see integration like we saw with Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, Forza Motorsport and Halo CE Anniversary. If you think I should have added or deleted a game from this list sound off in the comment section below. Just remember to keep it clean, civil and fanboy free.
Also, make sure to check back as I count down my personal top 20 favorite Xbox 360 games. We are inching closer and closer to the launch of the Xbox One, and it’s time to celebrate the great life the Xbox 360 has led!