Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
  1. Nov 24, 2010
    85
    The perfect Kinect game for children, making them feel like little explorers in an unknown island. Our only complaint is the absence of a multiplayer mode for two people playing at the same time, allowing for parents and children to enjoy the game together.
  2. Nov 23, 2010
    85
    In closing, though nothing can compare to a real life pet, if your children have been begging for a new furry addition to the family, this game may be a good test to see how long they will stay interested in caring for their new friend.
  3. Nov 4, 2010
    85
    While those expecting a more traditional gaming experience will be turned off after the novelty wears thin, Kinectimals is perfectly suited for the younger ones in the household, particularly those who can't keep a real pet.
  4. Dec 15, 2010
    84
    Kinectimals is a Kinect game made right and even though it has been designed for children, the developers have added enough Kinect content to impress even adults.
  5. Nov 9, 2010
    83
    Like LostWinds, this is a game with style and soul, and it was clearly designed by folks who know how to combine good game design with innovative motion technology.
  6. Dec 11, 2010
    82
    While it's appeal may be limited for the more mature crowd, it's an easy recommendation for anyone who has young-un's running around the house or someone who is looking for more charm than substance.
  7. Dec 29, 2010
    80
    Interaction occurs via fun, if quickly repetitive, minigames. [Jan 2011]
  8. Dec 17, 2010
    80
    Kinectimals is a compelling game for the young and young-at-heart, offering dynamic and impressive levels of interaction. Plus it won't poo in your slippers or die.
  9. Nov 29, 2010
    80
    Kinectimals is an adventure game for children, but the grown up gamer should take a trip to the island as well. Everything looks very good and plays away nicely. There are a few drawbacks hidden in the menus, but they certainly don't spoil the fun.
  10. Nov 16, 2010
    80
    This is an interesting proposal of direct and simple fun while caring for a virtual kitten, and although it is mainly for children, anyone who tries it will have a good time for sure.
  11. Nov 12, 2010
    80
    If you have young children, Kinectimals is a must - it will keep them entertained, and you'll secretly enjoy it too.
  12. Nov 11, 2010
    80
    As much as the red-blooded manly man who exists inside me (however fleetingly) wants to pigeonhole Kinectimals in the casual-core-for-kids category, I just can't do it. This is because, in the interests of journalistic integrity, I have to admit to having been completely disarmed and won over by the experience of interacting with the cute cuddly, virtual cubs in the game.
  13. Nov 10, 2010
    80
    It's not as visually brilliant as the best 360 games, but the cats are modelled excellently and purr with personality. The island is bright and colourful and Bumble has the kind of voice the kids love but adults find grating after two minutes.
  14. Nov 8, 2010
    80
    Let's be clear : Kinectimals won't be able to capture an adult's attention for long, but let's not forget that it's not made for them. But it's easy to pick up and follow, beautiful, and unbeatable when it comes to making a child smile : yes, the magic works. There may be some latency, and indeed sometimes Kinect seems to react in an odd fashion, but the overall experience remains solid. Touching, even. Probably the most immersive and moving pet game to date.
  15. Nov 7, 2010
    80
    Kinectimals is definitely a game recommended just to show off how clever Kinect can be with a little imagination. For older gamers and adults, there's certainly enough charm to win you over, but perhaps not enough substance to keep you glued to the TV for long periods or after the initial novelty wears off.
  16. The depth from Kinectimals doesn't really come from the games but from the connection between child and fluffy pretend animal. In that regard Frontier has nailed it. It's too simplistic for grown up casual gamers, but youngsters will lap it up.
  17. Nov 4, 2010
    80
    Kinectimals certainly isn't for everyone, but it's pretty spot-on for its target audience. The intuitive Kinect controls take the pet sim experience to a new immersion-amping level, the lush jungle visuals are an eye-pleasing treat, and the fun narrative and sandbox-like environments add some welcome depth to the feed-pet-brush-play genre.
  18. 80
    Still, with its collectible treasure pieces, butterflies, and toys, a plot that puts a fantasy spin on pirates, the ability to hop-in as a challenger during mini-games, and exquisite artistic elements (just look at the map and watch the credits roll), Lemuria is a world you'll be glad to visit for a little quality time with your younger self.
  19. 80
    Kinectimals is a great start for Microsoft's more family friendly orientated Kinect catalogue and if this can't entice parents to part with their cash, then nothing will. It's adorable, engaging, fun, and really utilises the full potential of the device.
  20. Nov 4, 2010
    80
    You can judge Kinectimals all you want, but are you going to be the one who tells the little girl she can't have her own imaginary tiger? Thought not.
  21. Nov 3, 2010
    80
    With around 20 hours of gameplay, Kinectimals offers plenty to do. You can play with your cub, shop for new items, decorate your house with trinkets found on your adventure, complete challenges, have friends join in to beat your high scores, and more. If you're looking for a rich gameplay experience jam packed with adorable creatures, look no further.
  22. Dec 15, 2010
    78
    In the end, though, Kinectimals gets more things right than wrong.
  23. Terrific entertainment for kids the right age. [Feb 2011, p.76]
  24. Jan 10, 2011
    75
    Kinectimals took me by surprise. It's not an amazing game by any means, but rather a cool pet simulator that doesn't dip too far into nausea-inducing cuteness.
  25. Nov 22, 2010
    75
    Easily the most substantial of the early titles and one that is sure to enthral young players as well as the young at heart.
  26. Nov 8, 2010
    75
    It is the kind of title that can be enjoyed by a room full of people with just one person playing.
  27. Nov 8, 2010
    75
    Microsoft virtual pet simulator developed by Frontier, it's an enjoyable minigame collection in a detailed environment full of life.
  28. Nov 4, 2010
    75
    The minigames are shallow and repetitive, but Kinectimals is too lovable to stay mad at for long.
  29. Nov 15, 2010
    74
    Kinectimals is a great start for family friendly games in Kinect. Probably one of the most immersive pet games to date.
  30. 72
    Kinectimals is adorable, cute and endearing all in one neat package. Despite a repetitive selection of mini-games, it remains the most efficient use of Kinect technology in crafting a game for children and casual gamers, who are the main demographic for Kinect at this stage.
  31. Feb 17, 2011
    70
    While there is a lot to like about Kinectimals how much you can enjoy it depends on how much difficulty you have with the motion controls.
  32. Jan 4, 2011
    70
    What it lacks in exactness it more than makes up for in whimsy and, indeed, the decision to focus on Kinect more as an aid to deepen an immersive, tactile experience than to promote competition with friends is commendable. [Issue#104, p.116]
  33. Dec 17, 2010
    70
    Clearly aimed at youngsters and families Kinectimals isn't going to appeal to the masses. But kids will most definitely love the on-screen pets and with the mini-games and amount of variety, Kinectimals has something for everyone.
  34. Dec 11, 2010
    70
    Kinectimals is a great experience for every child with an Xbox 360, but a more mature audience will notice some gameplay problems. Every pet is as cute and beautiful as the gorgeous landscape but the difficulty of some of the mini-games, due to some hardware problems, ruins the final experience.
  35. Nov 30, 2010
    70
    The puppies are just great, the setting is rich and full of secrets. If your babies have Kinect, this is the game. A shame for the sometimes malfunctioning controls and slow menus.
  36. Nov 24, 2010
    70
    The game's intended target audience is likely to respond to the beautifully animated pets with squeaks of delight, though exposure to the Edge test family did result in two children vying for the attention of a camera that would one accept one of the little terrors at a time. [Christmas 2010]
  37. Nov 16, 2010
    70
    Kinectimals is one of the games that uses kinect.
  38. Nov 12, 2010
    70
    The most open-minded adult will likely only find a few hours of amusement here. But for a child with an active imagination (and a soft spot for all things cute and fuzzy), Kinectimals goes a long way in making Kinect "a must have" this holiday.
  39. Nov 10, 2010
    70
    Those little baby animals are really cute. Little girls will love to play with these virtual pets. There is nothing challenging in playing with the little tigers. So core gamers won't be satisfied with Kinectimals.
  40. Nov 10, 2010
    70
    The concept is clearly not going to appeal to anyone with an age in double digits but the game makes much better and more varied use of Kinect than almost any other title so far released.
  41. Nov 8, 2010
    70
    An ideal game for kids to enjoy themselves at home when they cannot get out.
  42. Nov 4, 2010
    70
    It's a Kinect game that is probably worth picking up if you've got youngsters, but it's not the immersive family experience it should have been.
  43. Nov 4, 2010
    70
    Of all the Kinect launch titles, this is perhaps the one with the most actual substance. Hopefully it's but a hint of things to come.
  44. Nov 29, 2010
    68
    Bottom line, Kinectimals is adorable. It might not be a game for the core audience or anyone above the age of 10. However, for everyone else, Kinectimals has the ability to suck you in with its cutesy aesthetics and adorable charm.
  45. 68
    A lot of it is repetitive, but there's a decent amount of gameplay here. There are many things to do, and it will take many hours to fully explore the island.
  46. Nov 7, 2010
    67
    I think Kinectimals, as cute as it is and how it's occasionally really neat when it comes to voice commands and certain motion interactions, is ultimately a shallow and repetitive game. But I keep it around for moments such as seeing my daughter toss a fedora at a panther cub, and hearing her laugh and joyously point out how silly it is that a cat is now wearing a hat.
  47. Jan 5, 2011
    60
    While the cute factor is off the charts, Kinectimals never really offers the addicting gameplay and depth of a game like Viva Pinata.
  48. Nov 22, 2010
    60
    It's cute, cozy and joyful. But as an adult, it's hard to oversee its limitations. For starters, it's repetetive. It doesn't have enough variety in the minigames to keep it interesting in the long run. But it's still surprisingly well-made, and an excellent game for kids.
  49. 50
    Another bunch of mini-games, and as cute as the animals may be, it gets boring quick. The Kinect's bad response doesn't help, either.
  50. Nov 25, 2010
    40
    There's more mileage in a Tamagotchi, and one of them would never ask you to shame yourself by acting out "play dead" on the living room floor.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 17, 2010
    10
    This game is obviously meant for children, so this review will be based on that assumption. The game is easy to get into, has beautiful and colourfull graphics and steals your heart within seconds. There is enough variation to not get bored, but you can also just do the same thing over and over. The game never pressures you to follow a certain path and if the tasks are a bit too difficult then your animal will help you get through it. The game is great and perfect for kids, but I (35 years old) find it enjoyable too. Full Review »
  2. Nov 16, 2010
    9
    Great animal design with great sound and structure to the game play to keep you doing new things but wanting to comeback and discover more of what previous areas. Easy for kids to play and fun new game mechanics using Kinect making it a lot more personable. Has a story to it that keeps kids wanting more and so many different tasks you can have a fun time just playing around without progressing the story. I have heard there are 35 unlockable wild cats and even some nods to Halo. Kids have short attention spans but whether they are playing the game or watching you hog it they will have a great time. Full Review »
  3. Nov 10, 2010
    8
    This game is okay not bad not great it has its fun moments though, you can enjoy it at points and I would recommend it but not highly. this game is mainly aimed at children but I have enjoyed it and I am not a child but the children will more likely enjoy this than any one who is not this game is just mainly aimed at them Full Review »