Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
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  1. Dec 12, 2011
    Some of the games seem similar to one another, and occasionally you'll find yourself frustrated at a performance, but the younger gamers to whom this is geared will almost assuredly have a blast.
  2. 75
    Fortunately, these stumbles won't keep you from enjoying most of Carnival's offerings, especially if you play it with friends. [June 2011, p.83]
  3. Apr 29, 2011
    If an enjoyable Kinect experience is what you're after, at the budget price right now it would be crazy to miss Carnival Games In Action!
  4. Apr 19, 2011
    A good party game, mainly thanks to the nice visual stile and the great variety of games: the lack of a true party mode for involving more than two players is disappointing, though.
  5. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    May 22, 2011
    Cheap and cheerful. [July 2011, p.97]
  6. May 13, 2011
    Another casual, family-friendly mini-game collection. If you're looking for a single such title to pop in your Xbox 360, I'd still recommend sticking with Microsoft's efforts: Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures.
  7. Apr 12, 2011
    Short, simple, and repetitive as it is, this isn't the kind of title hardcore gamers will get much out of. Casual gamers and party game enthusiasts, on the other hand, will probably get a kick out of it.
  8. Apr 15, 2011
    Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do is too realistic for its own good. Outside of evil carnies appreciating the attention to detail, I can't see anyone enjoying the frustration and feeling of helplessness that undermine most of the minigames.
  9. Apr 26, 2011
    This collection of mini games is really mini. There are only 20 games you can play and you won't get much fun out of it.
  10. Apr 21, 2011
    There are no difficulty levels, no online support, no party modes, no DLC, and no reason to switch it back on. To say that I wasn't entertained would be a lie, as there's enough charm in a few of the games to pass a couple of hours on a dreary Sunday afternoon - but that's nowhere near enough to justify a full-price or even a budget purchase.
  11. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    May 22, 2011
    Like being trapped in a barrel of monkeys. [June 2011, p.103]
  12. Apr 18, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Apr 18, 2011

    (aka...Kinect Adventures 2) This has been one of my purchases for Kinect this weekend along with Michael

    (aka...Kinect Adventures 2)

    This has been one of my purchases for Kinect this weekend along with Michael Jackson: The Experience. While the latter provides a nice breakaway from Dance Central, this one again will provide variation on Kinect Adventures. Both new releases almost come close to leveling both their predecessors on par...almost.

    After having bought Carnival Games I was rather anxious to try the gameplay out at home, fearing I might have just wasted my money on a dud. I am happy to report though that I'm rather impressed with this game as it will definitely go down with family "functions" and game nights for everyone. This title definitely delivers on the Kinect experience.

    Gameplay - Carnival Games feature mini games, in fact 20 of them, which you can play single or with another. This was done pretty well and the second person can join very easily and opt out just as easily. My wife and I got this going for a while and were pretty impressed by the co-op ability.

    Games are similarly structured to that of Kinect Adventures. Menus are easy to navigate and not that complicated as other Kinect titles have proven.

    I don't have much negative feedback for this game, as I truly didn't expect a masterpiece. This is entertainment for everyone after all. My wife and I agreed that Wii will have to shape up on this front if it want's to keep the family from leaving their "experience", as we also have a Wii at home and since Kinect has come out we have not used the Wii for family entertainment again...a little sad though as it gave us hours of fun with Wii Resort and other titles. As long as Kinect regulates the release of these games to ensure they aren't all released at the same time, the market should not be saturated by ttiles such as Kinect Adventures and now Carnival Games soon. The only problem being that of quality as other titles have proven to lack recently.

    Overall, a good buy. For kids to enjoy, families to hang loose a little, and a crazy addition when the 'party' gets stale.
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  2. Apr 16, 2011
    Nothing really wrong with this game, it does what it says on the tin. Granted, it won't be played for hours but it is great familyNothing really wrong with this game, it does what it says on the tin. Granted, it won't be played for hours but it is great family entertainment. My kids love it and I like it to, great fun but wait for it to drop in price or rent it but I personally think it's one of the better titles for kinect. Full Review »