I got the privilege of having some hands-on time with Kinect at the Alton Towers Theme Park, UK. Up until the end of August they will have a mobile showroom in which any member of the public can go and try some of the line-up titles that will be available for Kinect upon it's launch in November '10.
Well after having a play here's my short but sweet low-down. Don't forget after the jump you will be able to find footage of me actually playing with Kinect. If you are of a certain age you will also qualify for a guest pass which entitles you to have footage of your experience and to provide feedback.
First things first I noticed that the responsiveness of Kinect is pretty quick and very accurate, waving your hands around caused the avatar to mimic you exactly, in fact my brother went to roll up his sleeves ready to play and the avatar copied his arm movements.
The game we got to play was Kinect Adventures and it saw us cascading down a river rapids in a rubber dinghy which we could control by leaning or stepping left and right, depending on how much direction we needed. As it was a two player effort, both our movements were taken into account so if one didn't move then the effect would be minimized. Jumping on the spot caused us to jump and similarly crouching made our avatars do just that.
One thing that stood out to me was that whilst riding the rapids, taking jumps and dodging obstacles, you have to collect coins. Well let's say you missed a coin but only by inches, you could actually reach out above or to the sides and grab the coin using your hands... impressive!
I can't speak for the other games as I didn't get chance to play them, they tend to rotate every now and then, but if the others were as fun as Kinect Adventures then I am sure they are to be successful. Like I said in my feedback (which you can see if you follow the link at the end of the article), it is sure to keep you active at the same time as providing fun and laughter. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, both hardcore gamers to people who shy away from video games - it's an experience everyone can enjoy.
If you get a chance to play with Kinect - which I am sure you might seeing as there are various places around the world you can go to get hands-on time with it - make sure you give it a go and why not come back here and share your experiences with us.
To view my experience with Xbox Kinect, follow this link - kinect.me/?locale=en-US&dpID=4...
You can also view other peoples experiences too on the same page... enjoy and comment!