With Kinect Disneyland Adventures, the team at Frontier Developments (Kinectimals) is hoping to evoke and reignite in players, young and old alike, that indescribably magical feeling of visiting a Disney theme park as a kid. Things like strolling through Main Street U.S.A., grabbing a Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream cone from a cart vendor, and waiting in line for hours at a time to ride Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, or the Haunted Mansion for the sixth or seventh time. It’s precisely these memories and the feeling those memories (sans the heat, annoying crowds, and ticket prices) elicit that Kinect Disney Adventures is using as its foundation, and what a strong foundation it is.
Below you’ll find some exclusive gameplay of a few of the game’s (and the park’s) most famous attractions. Sadly, there is no Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride included in the game, but I’m still crossing my fingers it will be added via DLC in the near future. For now, please enjoy some epic Disney action. And be sure to check back later in the week for our in-depth hands-on impressions.
Main Street, U.S.A. - The nervous system of Disneyland. The iconic structures, music, and signage are the first thing you see when you enter the park and the last thing you see as you leave. So that's why I can/do still picture them when I go to sleep every night.
Hit the jump to see Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, and more!
Haunted Mansion - My personal favorite Disney attraction of all time takes on a life of its own in the game, giving you the chance to creep through the ghost-filled hallways and even sneak through the famous ballroom dinner/dance section. Flashlight the piano bench for a neat Easter egg.
Pirates of the Caribbean - Another fan favorite comes to life in a surprising way in this attraction. Nothing will ever be able to exactly capture the cool, dank feel of the actual ride (or the sudden drop right at the beginning of it that still gets me every time), but any chance there is to hear "Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me" is a good time.
Space Mountain - I always preferred Thunder Mountain personally, but this classic takes a Mass Effect-ish turn towards the epic in this high-speed attraction. Just try to keep up!
Jungle Cruise - The cheesy cruise driver, the hippos, the rhino poking those dudes in the butt, it's all here in this water cannon-based river adventure. Sadly, there are no headhunters, but I'm guessing that was to ensure the game didn't receive an M-rating.
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters - Based on one of the newer, 4D-style rides, this one is a Toy Story lovers dream come true as you battle Zerg's forces in an interstellar, breakneck showdown.
It’s a Small World - Easily the most iconic (if slightly dull) ride gets a clever facelift as players must learn various dances from all over the world to progress. I was playing as the second player in this, and fortunately for your eyes' sake, we didn't film it. You're welcome.
- Alice in Wonderland
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Disney Princess Fantasy Faire
- Disneyland Parade
- Enchanted Tiki Room
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
- Fireworks Spectacular
- Haunted Mansion
- “It’s a small world”
- Jungle Cruise
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Pixie Hollow
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
Kinect Disneyland Adventures will be available on Xbox 360 November 15.