Only a month after its release, and just in time for the holidays, Amazon.com is now offering the top-selling and well-reviewed ‘Kinect Disneyland Adventures‘ for Microsoft Xbox with Kinect for just $24.99, representing a savings of 50% off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.
Harnessing the controller-free magic of Kinect for Xbox 360, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures will allow children and Disney fans of all ages to explore Disneyland park, enjoy immersive adventures based on popular attractions, engage in challenging quests, and interact with beloved Disney characters using their full bodies and voices, no controller required. Kinect: Disneyland Adventures is your ticket to the magical world of Disneyland through Kinect, right in your living room.
For more information or to purchase the game at this incredible discount, visit Amazon.com
Special thanks to @RogerRadcliffe for the heads up.
Even Disney fans who don’t own a Microsoft Xbox 360 system with Kinect will have something to look forward to when the new ‘Kinect: Disneyland Adventures’ from Microsoft and Frontier Developments makes its way onto the shelves this Tuesday. Disney Music is in the process of creating a brand new website that will feature music used from and inspired by the game (read: Disneyland) and will even be offering free downloads, allowing you to experience a bit of the park at home.
At KDASoundtrack.com, which is currently under development and not yet completely functional, online guests will find links to various tunes available for purchase that will relate to the game and — by definition — the Disneyland theme park itself. At launch time, the site also will allow online guests to download two songs for free: ‘In My Merry Oldsmobile’ from Main Street USA and ‘Buffalo Gals’ from the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad queue.
Available Tuesday, November 15, ‘Disneyland ‘Adventures will allow children and Disney fans of all ages to explore Disneyland park, enjoy immersive adventures based on popular attractions, engage in challenging quests, and interact with beloved Disney characters using their full bodies and voices, no controller required. ‘Kinect: Disneyland Adventures’ is your ticket to the magical world of Disneyland through Kinect, right in your living room.
Kinect: Disneyland adventures is now available for pre-order.
At the Microsoft booth at the Disney D23 Expo booth last week, I had the opportunity to get some time in with the new Disneyland Adventures game for Microsoft Xbox Kinect by Frontier Developments. After seeing the E3 announcements and follow-up gameplay, I had high expectations for this home-away-from-home title and I am pleased to say I did not walk away disappointed.
Jen served as my guide as she pointed out the fundamentals of the game, which you can see in the eight-minute video below.
As we met several in-game characters, and passed by even more, Jen pointed out some the basic interactions with the Disney icons and how the same gesture (e.g., hugging and high-fiving) elicits different responses from specific characters to keep them true to their nature, such as Peter Pan opting to shake hands over a hug and Snow White preference for patty-cake. Jen also demonstrated the magic wand mode which allows the player to interact with the Disneyland park in a whole new way that doesn’t exist in the real world, by bending the laws of physics.
Navigation throughout the eight lands, with 20 or so attractions represented, is performed by either voice or body motion, which is as simple as pointing to where one wishes to go inside the park (as a child might do). The attractions themselves offer the actual gameplay, spread across multiple levels which need to be unlocked in order to progress through them. The game also keeps track of the main player’s progress, so the individual game skill levels will increase alongside the player. In addition to increasing their skill, players collect coins which can be used in the games’ virtual giftshops for items such as new clothing.
To keep the game more family-friendly, it features a jump-in, jump-out option in which a second player can simply jump in and play along with the main player, as seen in the above demo with the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Along the way, the game automatically takes pictures of the gameplay which can later be shared and downloaded.
Lastly I was given the opportunity to see (and play) a newly released level from the Jungle Cruise, the Native Village, in which we alternated between aping the apes by posing the way they did and banana wars, where we had to throw bananas at the apes while ducking at the return fire. Jen also shared a brief look at one of the Matterhorn games, in which ski instructor Goofy led her down the slopes of the E-ticket mountain. For those that are wondering, although it had not yet been ready to be shown yet, Jen confided in me that one of the levels of Jungle Cruise does actually take place aboard the boats.
Although the gameplay itself does seem to get repetitive, be it faux-tossing items, making silly poses or using your body to move your avatar through the virtual space, I really did enjoy playing it and have no problem seeing how it could easily entertain a group of people and quickly become a family favorite. Kinect Disneyland Adventures is slated to be released November 15, 2011 and is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com.
Stitch Kingdom’s coverage of Disney D23 Expo was provided by Red Lion Anaheim
The trailer features a family as they transition from the Disneyland theme park to their living room, virtually experiencing the park as they meet & greet with Snow White and Mickey Mouse and play mini-games inside iconic attractions such as Peter Pan’s Flight, the Matterhorn and Pirates of the Caribbean, all to the tune of the Fantasmic! theme.
Below is our gallery of stills from the game which we have previously shared:
Experience a place where two magical worlds unite: Kinect for Xbox 360 invites you to take a journey where stories come to life and dreams come true, right in your living room! Explore Disneyland® park — from Main Street U.S.A. to Critter Country — join Peter Pan to battle Captain Hook, high-five Mickey Mouse or hug Snow White.
Harnessing the controller-free magic of Kinect for Xbox 360, “Kinect: Disneyland Adventures” allows children, families and Disney fans of all ages to explore Disneyland park, step into adventures based on attractions, engage in challenging quests and interact with beloved Disney characters using their full bodies and voices,* no controller required. “Kinect: Disneyland Adventures” is your portal to a magical world of Disneyland park adventures through Kinect.
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- Create memories. Whether it’s your first time or hundredth time exploring Disneyland park, relive your fondest memories or embark on a new adventure.
- Discover Disneyland park. Whether you want to go on an adventure in your favorite attraction or explore the entire park, “Kinect: Disneyland Adventures” allows you to play at your own pace and customize your own Disneyland park experiences right from your living room, whenever you want.
- Explore attractions. Experience your favorite Disneyland park attractions as immersive adventures — explore Neverland at Peter Pan’s side and take up your sword to fight Captain Hook; battle your way to the island in Pirates of the Caribbean; or partner with a friend to enjoy the fascinating world of Alice in Wonderland.
- Meet the characters. Share magical moments with your favorite Disney characters — hug a princess, high-five Mickey Mouse, collect autographs and accept quests.
- Collect and unlock. Collect Disney-themed items, rewards and Xbox 360 Achievements as you make your way through the park to discover new game experiences, including themed parades and firework displays.
- Cooperative play. Partner with a friend or family member to explore Disneyland park; have him or her jump in to lend a hand on difficult challenges and help you earn rewards. Designed to adjust difficulty based on skill, “Kinect: Disneyland Adventures” ensures that everyone is having fun and playing together.
Below is a gallery of screenshots as well as gameplay provided to us by Microsoft. Click on any of the thumbnails to expand its size
Ahead of its expected announcement at E3 in Los Angeles, video footage demonstrating a new game being developed for the Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect has emerged with USA Today providing additional details.
(‘Kinect Disneyland Adventures’ footage begins around the 2:22 mark)
According to the USA Today article, the game will offer players the opportunity to virtually explore the iconic theme park which includes opportunities to meet and greet and take virtual photos with characters as well as experience attractions such as Peter Plan’s Flight, which is expected to be demo’d at the expo.
No further information has yet been released, but it’s expected that just like it’s real world counterpart in Anaheim, it won’t offer FASTPASS, so gamers would be well advised to play it as soon as they wake up, or face long load times from mid-morning on.
Thanks to @StrikerObi for the heads up