I’ll be the first to say that I’m a fanboy of both Double Fine and the legend himself Tim Schafer. In my eyes they can do no wrong. I know as a reviewer this can sometimes make being unbiased towards a title difficult, but lucky for us Double Fine did a great job with Happy Action Theater.
Released today for only 800 Microsoft Points ($10 in real moneys) this 322 MB party jewel can be yours. Double Fine Happy Action Theater is filled with 18 mini-games, all of which are playable right out of the gate. My wife and I sampled all of them, even after spending as little as 2 or 3 minutes on some we still managed to become winded and spent nearly an hour playing the whole library. I felt that not all were winners, so I employed my 5 year old daughter to try out all of them as well. She of course loved them all. Who would have known popping balloons, dancing in a kaleidoscope, and planting flowers could be so fun. We personally enjoyed the music, monster crushing buildings and freeze frame camera.
There are very few faults with the game, most of the problems come from the Kinect itself. My daughter would have difficulty exiting games. Such a small flaw in the combination of the game and Kinect is barely even worth noting. The recognition of 3 people was superb and I would really like to try up to the 6 maximum it allows.
Pick up Double Fine Happy Action Theater today and have some family oriented fun or drunk adult parties. Either way you win with Kinect’s first ultimate party title.
Double Fine Happy Action Theater scores an A.