Released amid the rampant consumerism and crippling food comas of this holiday weekend is a new Xbox One digital game: Boom Ball for Kinect. I know, it’s hard to think positively about Kinect’s motion controls but this $10 download is like a pleasant cross between Boom Blox and Breakout. It looks like a perfect low impact, low cost game to help recover from the festivities or show off that new Xbox One.
Tagged: motion control
I know now how my old phone will die: playing S.M.T.H. Send Me To Heaven is a terrifying Android game that was deemed too dangerous for release on iOS. The concept is simple; S.M.T.H. uses your phone’s various motion sensors to gauge how high you’ve just thrown it. With the goal of “sending it to Heaven” you can image that your frightened little toss of a few inches isn’t going to net you a very high spot on the leaderboards. Indeed, I didn’t dare toss my Galaxy S4 very high at all just now.
It’s one of those clever uses (abuses?) of technology that’s only possible on a mobile device and I love the terror that comes built in with the concept. It also gets a nod for its glaring black-on-yellow design that looks like a safety warning sign. Send Me To Heaven is free on the Play Store so it won’t cost you a thing to risk having to buy a new phone!
Seeing how Katy’s open plea to Harmonix to make a K-Pop Dance Central continues to be one of our most active posts I figured it was our civic duty to talk about K-Pop Dance Festival. Developed by Skonec, it’s a very Just Dance-like game with vividly colored live action dancers showing you the moves to mimic with the Wii remote.
It was released exclusively in Korea for the Wii at the end of April and I expected to buy it as soon as it popped up on Amazon or Play-Asia… only it never did. I dug around again this morning and haven’t been able to find it anywhere outside of a lone listing on eBay at $50. Then I dug a little more and was reminded that the Wii is region locked.
That makes for a pretty hefty barrier to entry but we can at least check out the tracklist below and Skonec has been posting videos pretty regularly on their YouTube channel of the songs in the game and people playing it.
2010 and newer
- “Gangnam Style” from Psy
- “1, 2, 3, 4? from Lee Hi
- “Beautiful Night” from Beast
- “Fantastic Baby” from BigBang
- “You and I” from IU
- “Shanghai Romance” from Orange Caramel
- “Apgujeong Nallari” from Sagging Snail(Lee Juck, Yoo Jae-Seok)
- “Shake It” from Chulssa(Noh Hong-chul, PSY)
- “Roly Poly” from T-ARA
- “Ma Boy” from SISTAR19
- “Supa Dupa Diva” from Dal Shabet
- “Shy Boy” from Secret
- “I Don’t Care” from 2NE1
- “Mister” from Kara
- “Superman” from Norazo
- “Nobody” from Wonder Girls
- “Look only at Me“ from Taeyang
- “10 Minutes” from Lee Hyo Ri
- “Festival” from Uhm Jung hwa
- “To my Boyfriend” from Fin.K.L.
- “Tell Me” from Jinusean
- “Honey” from JYP
- “Kungttali Syabala” from Clon
- “In Summer” from Deux
- “I Know” from Seo Taiji and Boys
- “Last Night Story” from So Bang Cha
For a few months there I was trying not to use a controller as I went through therapy for my arms and wrists. I couldn’t just stop playing games though and with the Wii all but retired I turned to Kinect and PlayStation Move. Here’s my Top Five Motion Game Experiences of 2012:
- Rhythm Party
- Kung Fu Rider
Rhythm Party is by far the best motion game of the year for me. It ditches the precise movements of Dance Central and simply gives you markers to hit on the screen in time with the music. How you hit them (or with which body part) is entirely up to you and your proficiency with terrible dance moves. Kung Fu Rider is kind of a cop out as it wasn’t released in 2012 but it provided the next best motion controlled fun… even though it doesn’t play so great.
Datura provided some legitimate thought provoking motion gaming which hasn’t happened since Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. In starkest of contrast is Wreckateer which is basically dumb, explodey fun that happens to play extremely well with Kinect. And then there’s Haunt… which was free. It had a couple of genuinely immersive moments but most of the time I wound up sliding along the walls or missing my targets.
And that’s motion gaming in 2012 folks: it still kinda works, is sometimes fun, is a total shocker when it succeeds, and is only a good value when it’s cheap or free.
Even before the invention of Nintendo’s motion tracking Wii remote there have been plenty of people trying to put video games and fitness together. Yourself!Fitness on the original Xbox was one of our favorites but you could go back as far as the NES Power Pad and the Sega Activator as pioneering examples of getting gamers off their duffs. But the Wii changed everything, combining revolutionary motion tracking with a focus on the casual and family markets and everyone wanted in. Wii Fit, EA Sports Active, Jillian Michaels’ Pocket Trainer, and countless other titles featuring “famous” experts and celebrities have already come and gone.
With Sony and Microsoft getting into the motion tracking game this year with PlayStation Move and Kinect it was hard to find an E3 lineup without leotards, sweatbands, or overactive presenters. This all came to a head this morning when I spotted a press release for Get Fith with Mel B which, in its defense, sounds like a pretty big deal for the United Kingdom. Its unveiling at E3, which makes it sound more like Yourself!Fitness than a truly interactive workout, sent me on an hour-long quest to round up all the exergaming announced at the show this year.
It’s not as overwhelming as my headline makes it sound and there probably won’t be a year that everyone gives up on exer-play but I’m already getting a little tired of all the fitness and dancing coming to Kinect, Move and the overburdened Wii. That said, I know Katy will be all over EA Sports Active 2, all of us here at GameLuv are interested in Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, and I find myself strangely drawn to the breathing simulator that is Innergy. Hey, it’s got sweet art design and I’ll never be able to forget Joel McHale’s jokes about the pulse sensor. Any of these have you ready to move or is it just getting in the way of the good stuff like head tracking in Forza and The Fight?