What are the best Kinect games in 2021?

You will surely remember Kinect, an almost essential accessory for any Xbox until recent years. The device that came along with the Xbox 360 and also arrived for Xbox One is not present in current Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles, but it can still be used on older consoles and guarantees fun beyond time.

If you have a Kinect, whether it's on Xbox 360 or Xbox One, we've prepared a list of games you could be playing in 2021. They're adventure, dance, sports and more games for you to enjoy. Remember that 360 Kinects are not compatible with Xbox One consoles and vice versa. So if you want to play, it has to be according to the platform you have. Come on!

What are the best kinect games in 2021?
What are the best Kinect games in 2021?

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Kinect compatible games in 2021

Just Dance 2020 - Xbox One

Just dance is a good alternative for those who want to use kinect
Just Dance is a good alternative for those who want to use Kinect

Just Dance is a dance and music game, belonging to the Just Dance franchise, developed by Ubisoft Paris. It was officially unveiled on June 10, 2019, during their E3 2019 press conference, and released on November 5, 2019 on Nintendo Switch, Wii, PlayStation 4, Xbox one and Google Stadia.

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It is the eleventh game in the series and the first game released for Google Stadia as well as the first game, since Just Dance 3 and Just Dance 4, not to be available for Xbox 360 and Wii U respectively.

Containing hits like DJ Snake's “Taki Taki”, Ariana Grande's “God Is A Woman”, The Black Eyed Peas' The Time (Dirty Bit), Lexa's Just After Carnival, Panic's High Hopes! at the Disco, Kill This Love by BlackPink, bad guy by Billie Eilish and many others.

As in previous deliveries, the player has to follow the on-screen coach as if he were his reflection in a mirror. Depending on the player's performance, the score will be marked with “X”, “OK”, “GOOD”, “SUPER”, “PERFECT” and “YEAH” (in the case of Golden Moves). After five stars you can earn SUPERSTAR or MEGASTAR. On Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, you can use Just Dance Controller on a smartphone as an alternative method of playing, up to 6 players can connect to the same console.

Dance Central – Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Dance central is a good alternative for those who want to use kinect
Dance Central is a good alternative for those who want to use Kinect

Dance Central is a music rhythm game for the Xbox 360 that uses your movements through Kinect. The game was developed by Harmonix Music Systems, creators of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, Dance Central was a launch title for Kinect. Dance Central 2 was officially announced at E3 2011 and later released in October 2011. Dance Central 3 was officially announced at E3 2012 and was released in October 2012.

After a year without releasing a new title, Dance Central Spotlight was officially announced at E3 2014, being released exclusively for Xbox One as the franchise's first digital release. After several years, Dance Central (2019) is released exclusively for Oculus Quest, Rift and Rift S, being the first game in the franchise in Virtual Reality.

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Gameplay involves the player performing given dance moves, which are followed by Kinect and represented on-screen by one of eight avatars. The game features over 650 different dance moves spanning over 90 choreographies. There are five modes available:

  • Perform It: Single-player mode of the game, in which the objective is to complete these dance routines to earn a high score.
  • Workout Mode: An extension to the normal mode in which the number of calories burned is also monitored, along with training time.
  • Dance Battle: Two players compete against each other in a dance battle. The person with the highest score will be the winner. In the rare case that there is a tie in the score, the player who passed the most moves wins.
  • Challenge Mode: When all songs (four or five) in each category have difficulty with at least four stars in each, a challenge based on difficulty is unlocked. This mode increases the game's difficulty by having portions of four or five songs combined into one, thus mixing up the dance moves. All challenges must be filled with four stars in each challenge in order to unlock the final challenge.
  • Break it down: A practice mode that allows beginners to learn more advanced dance steps in a step-by-step process.

Forza Horizon 2 – Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Forza 2 is a good alternative for those who want to use kinect
Forza 2 is a good alternative for anyone who wants to use Kinect

Forza Horizon 2 is an arcade racing game from the Microsoft exclusive Forza Horizon franchise, the game is the second in the Xbox 360 franchise and the first for Xbox One. Forza Horizon 2 is an open world game and is set in parts of Italy and France , the game's map is almost 2 times bigger than its predecessor's where the player can explore it with the best cars.

The main difference that Forza Horizon 2 has with its predecessor is the weather that the game presents: in addition to a foggy day, there are different intensities of rain and fog, the Xbox 360 version does not have a rainy weather or drivatar , like its predecessor Forza Horizon 2 was removed from the store on September 30, 2018, however the Xbox 360 version is still available.

Forza Horizon 2 offers an open, dynamic and detailed world with different climates and passage of time.

The player can even ignore the main line of the game and venture into the open world filled with challenges and secrets. The game offers over 200 cars and 168 events (each with multiple races), plus online interactivity, challenges, and exhibition races.

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Kinect Star Wars – Xbox 360

Star wars is a good alternative for those who want to use kinect
Star Wars is a good alternative for those who want to use Kinect

Kinect Star Wars is a Star Wars video game developed by Terminal Reality and published by LucasArts and Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360 that uses the Kinect motion peripheral. The game features four game modes: “Jedi Fate”, the main game mode; podracing; Rampage Rancor; and Galactic Dance-off. In Jedi Destiny, players take on the role of models of Jedi Padawans while wielding their lightsabers and using the Force to attack mostly enemies from the trilogy. Podracing is a race-based game mode, Rancor Rampage is a destruction-based game mode, and Galactic Dance-off is a dance-based game mode similar to the Dance Central series.

Microsoft Studios planned to make a Star Wars game that uses Kinect since the beginning of the development of the motion detection system. The game was formally announced at E3 2011 and released worldwide on April 3, 2012. It was the last game to be published by LucasArts before The Walt Disney Company halted all internal company development a year later. Craig Derrick was the main producer on the game.

Kinect Star Wars has received generally mixed reviews, with reviewers often praising the game's art and presentation, but criticizing gameplay perceived as underdeveloped, poor writing, and inaccurate controls.

Kinect Star Wars features four subgames. In its main mode, known as Fate Jedi: Dark Side Rising, players take control of one of several Jedi Padawans. Using Kinect, the player uses their hands to wield a lightsaber in combat. 

Players can also lift and launch objects with the Force using specific gestures. The story takes place during the timeline of the prequel Star Wars universe trilogy, starting right after Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and ending with the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Body movement to control vehicles in specific sections in this way. A second Jedi-centric mode, Duels of Fate, lets players experience one-on-one duels with characters from the Jedi Destiny campaign, as well as famous Star Wars villains like Darth Vader.

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Fruit Ninja Kinect – Xbox 360

It's a good alternative for those who want to use kinect
Fruit Ninja is a good alternative for those who want to use Kinect

Fruit Ninja is a game created by Halfbrick Studios for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices, for Android and Windows Phone systems, for the Xbox 360 video game, for the Facebook social network and the Windows 8 operating system, as an application from the Windows Store . One of its main features is the need for the TouchScreen feature or the use of a computer, notebook or netbook mouse

The game itself tries to show the hatred that ninjas have for fruits, making them try their best to destroy them. The game basically uses the TouchScreen feature, in which the player uses the touch sensitivity to refuse a blade, and try to cut all the fruits that appear in the interface. Each fruit gets 1 (one) starting point. The secret of the game is to try to cut more than 3 (three) fruits at the same time, so that combos can be performed, which give extra bonuses. The controversial part of the game is the bombs, which hinder the game. They vary by game mode.

  • Classic Mode: Classic Mode or Classic Mode, is the game in which the player will try to make the most points by cutting all the fruits he sees in the interface, without cutting the bombs or not cutting any fruit. Who plays in this mode, has 3 (three) lives. Lives are lost when the player cuts a bomb or fails to cut a fruit.
  • Zen Mode: The game is 90 seconds, in which there are no lives to the fruit chains that allow you to cut the same fruit multiple times. There are no bombs in this game mode.
  • Arcade Mode: The limit duration is 60 seconds (one minute). Bombs still discount 10 (ten points). What is added are Special Bananas, they are fruits that give special dedications to the game.

Xbox Fitness – Xbox One

Xbox fitness is a good alternative for those who want to use kinect
Xbox Fitness is a good alternative for anyone who wants to use Kinect

Xbox Fitness is a service for the Xbox One console, developed by Microsoft Studios in partnership with Sumo Digital, that featured exercise and fitness videos from trainers Jillian Michaels, Tracy Anderson, Tony Horton of the P90X, and Shaun T of Insanity. Xbox Fitness was one of 22 game titles released with Xbox One. The game used the Kinect sensor to monitor the player's heart rate and estimate calories burned, and gave feedback on how the player is performing exercise activities.

The service used the Kinect 2.0 sensor to track the player's heart rate, estimate calories burned and provide feedback on fitness, balance and power. Using Kinect technology, Xbox Fitness would read the player's heart rate without a monitor and see which muscles are most involved, measuring power, strength and weight transfer in the body. It can also track the player's balance, rhythm and body shape. Xbox Fitness included workout routines ranging from 10 to 60 minutes and the service was free until December 2014 for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

To motivate the player, challenges during training were presented and achievements could be obtained. When the player is completing a workout, the body silhouette will appear on the right side of the screen with color and movement to show which muscles are involved and how hard each is working. Players will see how their setpoints and scores compare to past efforts, friends and the Xbox Live community. Xbox Fitness can also sync data with the Microsoft Health platform.

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D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die – Xbox one

D4 is a good alternative for those who want to use kinect
D4 is a good alternative for anyone who wants to use Kinect

D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die is a graphical adventure video game developed by Access Games and originally published by Microsoft Studios for Xbox One. The title represents the phrase “Dark Dreams Don't Die” and the fourth dimension (time). The game is not related to D or D2. The initial release contains a prologue and two episodes that make up the series' first season. A PC version was released on June 5, 2015, published by Playism in partnership with Access Games. In October 2016, Hidetaka Suehiro announced via Twitter that it had left Access Games and that there would be no more D4 episodes.

The main character is David Young, a private investigator whose wife was murdered. The traumatic events surrounding his death left Young unable to recall these memories, but allowed him to travel back in time. Young travels back in time to undo the murder. The player cannot arbitrarily time travel, as powers are activated by finding certain objects that take the player to specific points in time.

D4 is an Xbox One title that uses Kinect controls with “simple voice and gestures” to unravel the mystery. The game uses cel-shaded graphics similar to a comic book. For the PC version, however, Kinect was disabled in favor of mouse controls. Some improvements were also implemented in the PC version, such as updating the frame rate to 60 fps, shortening load times and fixing bugs that were present in the original version.

After the death of his wife, the former Boston police narcotics officer turned private detective, David Young gains the supernatural ability to travel into the past by touching items left behind, called "souvenirs." 

Two years earlier, David's wife was murdered and David received a blow to the head that made him lose his memory of the event, except for his wife's final words "Find D." David, with his newfound skill, uses it to discover the unknown assailant, investigating everyone whose names begin with a "D". With the help of his ex-partner, Young gets a clue about a man whose boss name begins with D, who disappeared on a plane after being struck by lightning, and David uses a memory to travel back to the past to investigate .

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Kinect Adventures! - Xbox 360

Kinect adventures is a good alternative for those who want to use kinect
Kinect Adventures is a good alternative for those who want to use Kinect

Kinect Adventures! is an electronic game in the sport and adventure genre, released exclusively for Xbox 360 in 2010, which uses the Kinect motion capture system that comes bundled with the device. It was officially presented at Expo Electronic Entertainment in Los Angeles, USA. The game is part of a collection of 5 adventure and sports mini-games and was developed by Good Science Studio, a subsidiary of Microsoft Game Studios.

Kinect Adventures! uses full-body movement to allow the player to engage in a variety of mini-games, all featuring jump-in, jump-out multiplayer play. Each minigame lasts about three minutes. While most minigames are cooperative two-player mode, Reflex Ridge is a competitive game. The game also supports Xbox Live multiplayer. At many points during the game, Kinect's RGB camera took pictures, which were shown to the player(s) and saved to a storage device. They could be seen within the game, with the option to upload them to a private repository on the now defunct KinectShare.com and download them to a computer or upload them to social networking sites.

The objective of all minigames is to get the most adventure pins, which are collected in different ways. Adventure pins earn the medals of players who, in story mode, affect progression. Medals can be bronze, silver, gold and platinum, in the order of at least most of the badges needed to acquire each.

As a complete game, Kinect Adventures! it also contains features that assist users in properly setting up and using the Kinect sensor.

Kinect Sports – Xbox 360

Kinect sports is a good alternative for those who want to use kinect
Kinect Sports is a good alternative for anyone who wants to use Kinect

Kinect Sports is a video game for the Xbox 360 that uses Kinect. The game was developed by Rare and was released with Kinect. The game allows multiple players to enjoy six different controlled motion sports, with many challenges for each experience. It also includes Sports Party mode, allowing many players to play in a tournament or a series of tournaments. Kinect Sports supports downloading of additional content.

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  • Bowling: Bowling can be played by 1 to 4 players, or a selection of challenges.
  • Boxing: You can play three rounds per game for one or two players, split-screen or via Xbox Live.
  • Athletics (Includes running (100 meters dash), javelin, discus, long jump and hurdle race): All taking place in Flame Stadium. It is also possible to play Pentathlon, practicing the five events in succession.
  • Table Tennis: Singles or doubles games. There is also a selection of challenge modes.
  • Football: Football can be played alone against a computer-controlled team, with two players (cooperative or competitive) or in one of the skill-based challenge modes.
  • Beach Volleyball: You can play alone against a computer-controlled team, two players (cooperative or against), split-screen or via Xbox Live.

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