Game Party i\In Motion for Kinect is a collection of sixteen different mini-games, most of which are controlled by very simple, one-handed motions.
The various games that you play in Game Party In Motion are all the sort of thing you may find in an arcade. From Hoop Shot to Ski Ball and Air Hockey, each game is slightly different, yet still very easy to control.
We really like how the game’s menu system works. The first time you turn it on, you’ll learn that simply raising your right arm to waist level is how you select things, your left arm at waist level is how you go back, and simply swiping with your left or right hand will scroll through your selections. It’s very easy, intuitive, and is the best implementation of a Kinect menu that we’ve seen.
Before each mini-game, you’re also given a quick reminder of how to play, along with big arrows highlighting the game’s key motion. It’s very simple and easy to understand.
We did run into a few problems, however, during gameplay where the game might mysteriously pause because it thought we were out of range, or it wouldn’t recognize our movements. This may due to the Kinect hardware, too, but it’s worth noticing that while our overall experience with Game Party In Motion was very easy pleasant, it wasn’t completely smooth.
Each mini-game can be played by one or two players simulataneously, and you can also use tournament mode to challenge your family and friends to see who can get the better score. Although this is fun, the sensor is inexact enough that families might have issues with players blaming the Kinect (or the game) for not fully recognizing their movements.
Overall, we think Game Party In Motion is very accessible and easy-to-play collection of mini-games that we would definitely recommend for kids as young as five or six. Although the controls for each mini-game are simple, there are times where we felt the Kinect didn’t fully recognize our movements, so while this is a great game for some friendly completion, the emphasis is on the word friendly as the game is not precise enough to accurately track every movement.