From conkers to knocking tins off a wall with stones to
Angry Birds, it seems we can't get enough of throwing
things and destroying stuff. Step forward Wreckateer,
one of the latest downloadable Xbox 360 Arcade games which
uses the Kinect motion sensor.
For: Xbox 360 + Kinect
From: Iron Galaxy
In a 3-D world of castles and comedy goblins, you play the
part of a trainee ballista (a huge crossbow-type thing which
fires balls) handler who, by means of a pretty good tutorial,
is taught the hows and whys of castle demolition.
The controls are simple, if a bit awkward at times.
Basically, you put your hands together to grab the
projectile, take a couple of steps back to increase power and
move left and right and raise and lower the ball to change
trajectory. By the time you've finished the tutorial, you'll
have it mastered.
Once the ball is released, you have a bit of control on its
flightpath before it crashes into the castle, destroying all
in its path and earning you points.
To add a bit of variation, there are a few different types of
projectile, other than the standard metal ball: the guided
shot sprouts wings and can be "flown" into targets; the split
shot breaks into four pieces which you use your hands to
direct; and the exploding shot, well, explodes.
It all works pretty well, although I did struggle to activate
the missiles occasionally, which is frustrating because
messing one shot up ruins your score for that round. But in
general, the Kinect performs well.
Overall, a great addition to the Kinect arcade and well worth
a download of the demo to see if it is your cup of tea.