Kinectimals: Now With Bears! Review
Kinectimals: Now With Bears! Box Art
System: Xbox 360
Dev: Frontier Developments
Pub: Microsoft
Release: October 11, 2011
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p /td>

Sound in the game is also excellent, and helps lend some realism to the game's almost obnoxious cuteness. I have no idea what baby bears actually sound like, but if I'm to believe the sound effects in Kinectimals: Now With Bears!, they sound like puppies. Bears grunt, give small howls, and pant in the most adorable way, and if the sound in this game doesn't make you go "awwww" like a goofy little kid, you may not be human.

Kinectimals: Now With Bears! Screenshot

About the only thing that isn't extremely well-done in Kinectimals: Now With Bears! is the control scheme. Though simplistic actions are easy enough to perform, some of the more complex gestures can take a little while to register. Though this isn't a problem most of the time, many of the challenges and minigames are timed, and if the sensor doesn't read your movement correctly in time, you might not get as high of a score, which can decrease the amount of discovery points you get. Again, it's not that big of a deal, but it still can be a little bit of a bummer.

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Kinectimals: Now With Bears! may not be that much of a departure from the first Kinectimals title. However, the game works reasonably well, and the bear-centric storyline and new content will certainly lure in young fans. Even if you are a hardened old gamer, you might find some value in this title. If you have ever been a fan of the virtual pet genre, this game is sure to win you over with its loose format and ridiculously over-the-top cute factor.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
Visuals are great and the bears look incredibly cute.
4.0
Control
Controls work well 85% of the time. Complex gestures can be a challenge.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Sound effects are great. I never knew bears could sound so cute.
3.4
Play Value
Though there is a decent amount of content in the game's adventure mode, there isn't much to do afterward.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Your family gets bigger in this extended release of Kinectimals. Joining the original feline cubs, now play with cuddly bear cubs as you solve a new mystery on an undiscovered island!
  • Share exciting adventures and fun challenges as you teach your best friends new tricks using your voice and body to interact naturally with them.
  • Explore lush islands and collect treasures and accessories for your cubs. Enjoy new interactions and activities. Embark on a journey of discovery and build a bond that grows every time you play.

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