Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 46
  2. Negative: 14 out of 46
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    40
    There's not enough content in this package, and the progression aspects are woefully lacking. For the most part you're expected to keep playing to rank up stats, rather than a compelling campaign.
  2. Dec 29, 2010
    40
    The racing is twee and unsatisfying. [Jan 2011]
  3. Dec 21, 2010
    40
    The overall feel of the game is just not engaging – there's no sense of speed, there's no sense of control, and there's no sense of variety.
  4. 40
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  5. Jan 4, 2011
    40
    The driving mechanic in itself is an interesting display of ever-increasing possibilities of the kit, and we look forward to seeing its like implemented in more compulsive, sophisticated titles further down the line. [Issue#104, p.127]
  6. Dec 21, 2010
    20
    Even if this was free it still wouldn't be worth it.
  7. Dec 21, 2010
    20
    Kinect Joy Ride is typically the game that would have won everything to be playable with a traditional controller. Playing it with your body is a real stress, as it is completely approximative and capricious. Even with all your patience and goodwill, it's a failure you have to quickly forget!
  8. Jan 12, 2011
    40
    No. This is not how you drive a car.
  9. Dec 21, 2010
    30
    For those who want a decent game to accompany Kinect there are much better and more solid alternatives than Joy Ride.
  10. Jan 5, 2011
    40
    Kinect Joy Ride could have been a great partygame. Unfortunately, the extremely broken controls, boring racetracks, and long loading times makes this game a bore. Even if the promising control scheme would have worked like it should, the game would have been far too simple to really care about.
  11. Dec 15, 2010
    45
    This is a game that feels like an expanded tech demo.
  12. Some fun to be had, but not for long. [Feb 2011, p.108]
  13. Jan 18, 2011
    30
    In the end, that's the whole game that doesn't hold up.
  14. 30
    Joy Ride, bless it, tries desperately hard to be Microsoft's answer to Mario Kart on so many levels which makes it even more cringeworthy to see it fall flat on its face every time. With twitchy controls, uninspired gameplay, and a sheer lack of any sense of speed or adrenaline that you're supposed to get from a racer, Joy Ride is anything but what its name suggests.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Dec 13, 2010
    4
    The problem here is one fo concept. It is a bit stupid to try and drive a car standing up and holding nothing in yor hands. Aside of that there are control issues and the game is more suitable for little kids. The racing genre needs a different approach to blossom with Kinect. Full Review »
  2. Jul 7, 2013
    0
    The game was amusing in the beginning, but after 1 race it would be very buggy and turn left when i wanted to turn right. This game is a disappointment to gamers. Full Review »
  3. Jun 3, 2012
    7
    As with all games, its a guilty pleasure. No doubt the best racing game you could buy for any gaming system. A perfect family friendly game that people of all ages will enjoy. I'm fifteen, and I still love it anyway. Full Review »