Double Fine Announces 'Happy Action Theater' For Kinect
Written Wednesday, October 19, 2011 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Double Fine has unveiled yet another child-friendly Kinect game, follwing its work on Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, with 'Happy Action Theater', a collection of 18 mini-games aimed at children, that's one of several kids' games announced for Kinect.
Apparently, Happy Action Theater's mini-games are "designed to activate gross motor skills, inspire imagination and entertain players of all ages". The activities include smashing up buildings like Godzilla, jumping around in waist-deep molten lava, a Space Invaders-like shooting game and just general dancing around, mirth and merriment, y'know, for kids.
Due out this winter on XBLA, Happy Action Theater is part of a new push on Kinect for kiddy games, with a Pixar collaboration codenamed Rush due in spring 2012, which will feature the studio's best known properties like The Incredibles, Toy Story, Cars and so on. And then there's interactive storybook Project Columbia and interactive TV experiences, Kinect Sesame Street TV and Kinect Nat Geo TV.
"We know that the most effective learning environments for children are those that are engaging and exciting, and that foster collaboration and a positive attitude toward learning," said Microsoft's Educational Design Director, Alex Games."With the controller-free magic of Kinect, we can encourage kids to use their motor skills and to learn using their body in immersive experiences. This new way to play allows children to learn by interacting with their favorite characters and engage with content in novel ways."
Looks like the coming months are going to be great if you're a kid with a Kinect device. Check out the debut trailer for Double Fine's Happy Action Theater.