The Kinect Disneyland Adventures game for the Xbox 360 has been released, receiving generally positive reviews from specialist gaming media.
Announced in June, Kinect Disneyland Adventures makes use of the console's hugely popular motion-sensing Kinect peripheral. It enables users to explore a life-like virtual model of Disneyland, branching off into a variety of mini-games based on different attractions in the park.
With Microsoft seeking to push the boundaries of usage of the Kinect beyond simple gaming to other experiences, Kinect Disneyland Adventures may appeal to a different audience than many other Xbox 360 games. However, it has received a warm reception from several games websites, achieving a score of 82% from 5 reviews on the Metacritic review aggregator.
Game Informer says of Kinect Disneyland Adventures: "This clearly isn't a game for the hardcore cynics out there. It is, however, another solid option for families looking for a new game to add to their library or for Disney junkies looking for another fix."
The UK's Telegraph newspaper offers the most positive review of all, awarding Kinect Disneyland Adventures a score of 90%. While it highlights the limitations of some of the mini-games, it claims that "the recreation of a genuine park experience makes any shortcomings forgivable".
It has been rumored that Kinect Disneyland Adventures could be the first in a series of games based on Disney's theme parks. The company has already registered a number of domain names relating to its other properties, such as KinectDisneyWorld.com, although this could simply be a defensive measure against "cybersquatters" who might otherwise have purchased the domains.