I imagine that like me, most of you had a great Christmas. You probably got some great presents (and maybe some socks) and you probably ate and drank way too much. New Year came along and all of a sudden your scales groaned as you stood on them for the first time. At that point a New Years Resolution came along, and you began to look at ways to shift some timber. What do you mean that might be the case for you Moran?
Ok, maybe a little bit, but thanks to Kinect I’ve got a game that will definitely get the blood pumping and some calories shifted.
If you have ever dreamt of becoming a ninja, in the comfort of your own home then Beatsplosion for Kinect will get you some of the way there. The premise is simple, stand in front of Kinect and bash and swipe at objects as they approach you, while dodging obstacles and trying to score as high as possible. Sounds simple enough, but it isn’t. To get a decent score not only do you actually need to hit and dodge, but time you actions well. It takes some getting used to but after some practice you’ll get quite good, all the while you’ll be working up a sweat! Kinect does a great job of doing what it is supposed to do, work. It tracks your movements accurately and for once didn’t cause me any problems during my time with the game. The UI is simple looking but its easy enough to get around, via Kinect or the controller.
There are three worlds per belt, which increase in temp as you play through the ranks. It starts at 130 bpm and tops out at 200 bpm when you become a black belt. Each belt has three worlds to complete and once those have been defeated you can either play through a quick play level that will thrown random challenges at you or the ’20 Minute Challenge’ which throws 6 levels at you in a row. It’s a great way to get a dally workout, there is also a handy graph in the top right corner showing you how much you have played, perfect for those who want to register activities on a fitness tracker.
When I was given the review, Rich pointed out to me that the kids would probably love this, and when you see the brightly coloured levels, and the large hands your digital self is given you can see why, but once my boys started to play they quickly lost interest, saying they found it too hard, and that was just the tutorial. To be fair, I struggled to get a good score in the tutorial.
I played through the game on the easy setting, but there is an expert mode available. I think you have to be an actual Ninja to have any chance of getting through it though. The levels have a hypnotic feel to them, with great use of right colours and a good soundtrack that will help you get the blood pumping, its a perfect game for Kinect users trying to get fit, but I’m not sure how much life there is in it, especially with games like Just Dance that are more forgiving.
Thanks to Virtual Air Guitar Company and Xbox for their support
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