Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 45
  2. Negative: 5 out of 45
  1. Nov 11, 2010
    90
    The perfect game to be bundled with Kinect: funny and with a very good graphical side.
  2. Nov 17, 2010
    80
    Overall I found the games quick, easy and quite enjoyable. The title gets everyone in the family involved, including my young son who especially loved River Rush and Rallyball. The only downfall of Kinect Adventures is that there are only five games to play which will unfortunately make the title repetitive over time.
  3. Nov 12, 2010
    78
    Kinect Adventures may not be your best choice for Kinect fun, but considering its cost and various activities, you'll have fun with it while it lasts.
  4. Nov 4, 2010
    75
    It shows off what the hardware is capable of, it's free (technically), and most importantly, it's actually a lot of fun. Unfortunately, it also highlights some of Kinect's weaknesses, namely the lag and occasional calibration issues.
  5. Nov 3, 2010
    75
    Kinect Adventures is a perfect game for in and out party-type play, but as the adventures become longer they can get tedious and exhausting – particularly Reflex Ridge's sadistic "squat, jump, sidestep, repeat" gameplay. That said, Kinect Adventures is sure to be a family hit as people gather for the holidays.
  6. Jan 2, 2011
    70
    While undoubtedly fun, Kinect Adventures does have a tendency to become tiresome due to the lack of variety in each game type.
  7. Dec 29, 2010
    70
    At least it won't stink your shelves out. [Jan 2011]
  8. Nov 24, 2010
    70
    Kinect Adventures succeeds in providing a worthwhile tech demo, although unless you take a liking to two of the game's five activities, you'll most likely become bored after a few days.
  9. Nov 22, 2010
    70
    Like Wii Sports, you will soon tire of the activities on display. It'll remain a fun option to bust out at parties or when you have kids over, but it's not a deep experience - at least, not for those who don't want to leap around like crazy for hours and hours on end.
  10. Nov 19, 2010
    70
    While Kinect Adventures lacks any long term substance, each game is a lot of fun with friends, exactly what Microsoft's Kinect is all about.
  11. Nov 17, 2010
    70
    Still, it's breezy, colourful presentation and general silliness make Kinect Adventures easy to like.
  12. Nov 12, 2010
    70
    Kinect Adventures is a great introduction to Kinect. Don't think it's an easy start, because you have to work and sweat, otherwise you are doing something terribly wrong!
  13. Nov 9, 2010
    70
    This motion-based minigame collection is inconsistent, but it gives you a good excuse to start leaping and scrambling around with your new Kinect.
  14. Nov 4, 2010
    70
    While the individual minigames offer varying degrees of entertainment, they all nail the controls - or lack thereof - pretty well. There's definitely a bit of a learning curve, and the inherent limitations of the designed-for-the-living-room tech means lag issues occasionally pop up, but overall Adventures succeeds in effectively immersing you in its gamepad-free fun.
  15. Great bursts of short-term, shallow fun.
  16. 70
    It might not hold your attention for too long, but it's not meant to.
  17. Nov 9, 2010
    68
    Kinect Adventures is a good game for a party-playing experience, but its repetitive structure makes it less interesting that its concept may suggest.
  18. Nov 12, 2010
    67
    As far as pack-in games go, it's a decent time waster if you've not picked up anything else to go along with your new toy, but I can't see this getting the endless amount of play time that something like Wii Sports, or even Sports Champion, seems to get.
  19. Nov 4, 2010
    66
    Kinect Adventures is good enough fun for a couple of nights, but it's by no means the most exciting or novel use of the hardware at launch. For that, look to games like Dance Central or Kinectimals.
  20. Nov 24, 2010
    65
    All you need to start the Kinect experience with some family fun. Acceptable since it comes with the bundle, let's now see what Microsoft toy can really do.
  21. Nov 11, 2010
    65
    Kinect Adventures does a wonderful job at showing off the tech. It is a game that can be played for some quick solo fun, but the fast paced action is better enjoyed with a friend.
  22. Nov 9, 2010
    65
    Maybe it won't be remembered as the best minigame compilation for Kinect, but it achieves to be an experience of familiarization -and training- with the new motion sensing technology.
  23. Nov 8, 2010
    65
    Kinect Adventures acts as a decent way to show off your latest hardware purchase to friends, but beyond this there really isn't much reason to bung the disc back into your Xbox.
  24. Nov 4, 2010
    65
    Kinect Adventures is entertaining at first and works quite well, but the repetitive structure of the game is its greatest weakness. I was also troubled at how uninterested I was with most of the mini-games, having the most fun with a select few.
  25. 63
    Overly jaunty and a bit threadbare - but by no means an embarrassment for Microsoft.
  26. Nov 10, 2010
    62
    In some mini games of Kinect Adventures the hardware has got some problems to recognize the movements correctly. But at your birthday party or at holidays you and your family will have a lot of fun.
  27. Nov 24, 2010
    60
    A more joined-up package than many games of its type. Unfortunately, it's just a rather limited one. [Christmas 2010]
  28. Nov 20, 2010
    60
    Kinect Adventures is a typical tech-demo that comes free with new hardware. It's instantly fun and demonstrates what Kinect can do, but you've seen everything in an hour and it won't take long for you to stop playing altogether. It works though, and for that it's already a fun little game to have. Make the sequel a bit longer and more varied, please.
  29. Nov 10, 2010
    60
    Once the novelty has worn off - which will only take a couple of goes with lesser games like 20,000 Leaks - you'll never want to play any of them again.
  30. Nov 8, 2010
    60
    New Kinect owners will undoubtedly have some fun early on with it, but Kinect Adventures seems destined to be more or less forgotten by the time the next wave of titles hits store shelves.
  31. Nov 7, 2010
    60
    Kinect Adventures features great gameplay, but it's repetivive gameplay lacks the overall experience.
  32. Nov 4, 2010
    60
    The problem is that while there's a lot to obtain from the game, there's ultimately very little to do. A handful of other game types on disc could have helped towards keeping the experience fresh, but as it stands, it fizzles out a little too soon to keep you coming back for more.
  33. Nov 4, 2010
    60
    Kinect Adventures' set of five games was never designed to innovate, but it clearly fails to do the bare minimum that is necessary for mini-games to have a purpose. Mini-games are fun in small, pint-sized, easy-to-play quantities, and while Adventure succeeds in offering pocket-size entertainment the gameplay is nowhere near interesting enough and fails to capitalise on the novelty of Kinect.
  34. Nov 4, 2010
    60
    Our advice: load Adventures as soon as you unpack your Kinect and enjoy it, preferably with small children to hand. Within a couple of weeks it will be gathering dust: another brave bundled game, first up out of the trenches, first to fall.
  35. Nov 9, 2010
    58
    It's not that anything in Kinect Adventures is exceptionally bad. In fact, the games are great introductions to the technology, making it a decent pack in. Despite this, on its own, Kinect Adventures wouldn't be a worthwhile addition to your gaming library.
  36. A whole lot of average. [Feb 2011, p.105]
  37. Nov 10, 2010
    50
    Adventures is one of the worst launch titles for Kinect. The minigames are repetitious and frustrating, the "story mode" is boring and multiplayer is not so funny.
  38. Nov 10, 2010
    50
    It's a bare-bones package to say the very least, favouring glossy presentational devices to feed into that Christmas Day unboxing euphoria, while offering minimal gameplay value after the event.
  39. 50
    A bundled game that should be treated as such, with low expectations. Still, it's hard not to be dissapointed with what should have been a gaming revolution.
  40. 50
    It seems as if Kinect Adventures is included with Kinect to showcase the capabilities of the device rather than provide any substantial gaming experience. It's a game that's fun in short bursts, but requires a ton of space for two-player multiplayer. Admittedly, Kinect Adventures starts off quite well as the Kinect bundle software, but after an hour it demonstrates its lack of depth once you realise that you've pretty much seen and done everything.
  41. Nov 29, 2010
    40
    There are much better Kinect games available and more deserving of your time than this.
  42. Nov 19, 2010
    40
    Kinect Adventures could have been that perfect part game for Kinect, instead, we get a game with only five game modes which doesn't work properly. The physical space required to play this game can also be quite a problem, and if you're two people playing you might have to rearrange the room a lot. There isn't much to do and after a while, it doesn't feel like there's even a purpose playing the game.
  43. Nov 12, 2010
    40
    Kinect Adventures! gives a fair idea of what Kinect's basic gameplay is about, but through only 5 mini-games, among which only one may be fun beyond the first 3 or 4 tryouts... Suffice to say, it's not much, and you will most certainly be tempted to quickly do something else. In other words, start looking for a second game to pick up if you want to use your shiny new Kinect.
  44. Nov 8, 2010
    40
    Kinect Adventures! remains fun a few minutes, but its content is too thin to be effective on the length.
  45. Nov 19, 2010
    30
    Wii Sports was fun and showed what was great about its new control scheme. Kinect Adventures, on the other hand, is dull, boring and gives a wrong impression about Kinect.
User Score
6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Nov 7, 2010
    9
    A fun little game that shows the potential for Kinect games in the future. It has slight issues with calibration, and it can get boring after awhile, and the obstacle game is tricky to play with two people. The best feature that it holds is that a second player can join in whenever and leave whenever. It's not meant to be played over and over again, but it can make as a good workout. Overall it's worth a play or two. Full Review »
  2. Nov 26, 2010
    1
    This kinect thing really is poor. i wish i had saved my money on this broken piece of rubbish.

    it doesnt work anywhere near as well as i had
    expected!

    im selling the 360 and buying a ps3 i want to play GT5!
    Full Review »
  3. Nov 5, 2010
    10
    I thought it would be the kind of game you try once and then run to buy new games. While it doesn't have a long lasting appeal it's the kind of game I'll play once in a while especially to show my friends how to use Kinect. River Rapids and Reflex Ridge are the best included games. Full Review »