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Kinectimals download able content comes as a fluffy physical toy cat. It's a clever way to connect gameplay and the real world, as our Junior Gamer discovered.
I like Kinectimals a lot. Sometimes the camera doesn't see me and I have to get Dad to set it up before I can play, but the game is so cute it is really worth it.
I love how you can stroke and pet the different animals by just holding your hand out. It sometimes feels like I have a real pet - I have to remind myself that they are not really there.
Fig 1. Kinectimals Stuffed Toy DLC
I've been playing it for a few months now so I have met most of the different big cats and tried most of the challenges. It's still fun to play them again but I think it was a little boring too.
That's why the Kinectimals stuffed toys I found today are so good. It means that I really do have my own Kinectimals cat to own and keep on my bed. But also I could scan in his collar by holding it up to the camera (ed: a QR code I think).
I took my Tiger for show and tell at school yesterday too and all my friends loved it.
They are not much more expensive (ed: GBP 9.99) than other soft toys I have (I'm a bit of a Jellycat collector) and with being able to play with them in the game too I think they are worth the money.
There was a White Tiger, African Lion, Asiatic Cheetah, Bornean Clouded Leopard and Iberian Lynx to choose from - I chose a Tiger because he was so cute. It has meant I've played on Kinectimals a lot more this weekend and I think I will be for quite a while.
I took my Tiger for show and tell at school yesterday too and all my friends loved it. One of them actually went a bought the game after seeing it. She found a pack that had the disc and the toy all in one which I think is probably a bit cheaper if you don't have the game already.
I would still like to have different islands to explore in Kinectimals and more different games to play. But my fluffy Tiger more than makes up for any of that.
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