Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure

We have allowed our Xbox Kinect to sit dormant for awhile.  Maybe it was the fact that my kids had grown tired of the 2 games we owned, or the fact that I didn't really have much fun playing the games they did; whatever the case, when we dusted off our Kinect for Xbox 360 to try out the new game Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure, we were ready!
I loved the idea of this game for two reasons:  First, it was centered around the Disney Pixar franchise.  It included character play from the movies Up, Cars, Ratatouille, Toy Story, and The Incredibles -- all our favorite flicks!  Second, it was designed to allow for two players to play together, and the play was challenging enough for grow-ups, but simple enough for young children.

When we put the game into the console, we were guided through prompts to set up our characters.  I immediately noticed that it was easy for the older kids and I to select our characters and see what we would appear like as various characters from the game.  The one drawback to the game, however, was that my very petite 5-year-old really struggled with signing into the game.  He had to stand perfectly still for the Kinect sensor to "scan" his body in, and it was almost impossible for him to adjust and hold the pose.  We had to try several times, starting from the very first screen, to get him signed in.  (It took almost 15 minutes to get everyone signed in for the very first time.)

Once we got signed in, however, the activity was quickly started.  We watched as the kids watched quick video interactions with the characters, and then got into small mini challenges that tested their endurance and their wit.  I was called in to help the kids -- not with the physical part (which they always beat me with) -- but with the "puzzles".  I have to admit, however, that some of the challenges stumped me!

The game itself was a combination of pure physical exercise, brain busters, and above all, confidence building.  It was a joy to hear my kids say things like "Look at me!  I'm big!" or "I'm a super-hero! I can save the world!"  No other game has been as successful at empowering my kids to feel capable and confident as this one had.

My kids could play this game for about an hour before getting very tired.  They would be sweaty and smiling when the fun was over, however.  I'd recommend this for rainy days inside, when outdoor play isn't an option!

This Microsoft game, which is available in stores for $49.99, is rated E for everyone.  Get it at!

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