'Kinectimals' website launches to promote Kinect's digital pets


Kinectimals, one of the Xbox 360 Kinect's first titles, now has its own website to illustrate the advantages of making friends with its friendly feline cubs.

To the tune of "Everyday" by American indie folk band Vetiver, a video shows two girls and a mum playing with some of Kinectimals' cubs.

On display are a young tiger, lion, and cheetah, and an agility course which features jumping and balancing challenges. Players stroke, jump with, and play hide and seek with their new friends.

Screenshots illustrate various environments for the Kinectimals to have fun in - an island beach, a grove, an archaeological site, and a house. Not yet displayed are the Suri Mountain and Celestial Glacier locations.

An early release of the game's list of special Achievements hosted by Xbox360Achievements.org indicates that the game also involves cleaning, frisbee, hoop-la, and interior decoration.

Cheaper than many real pets, certainly less deadly than a wild beast (but decidedly less furry), Kinectimals is out for Xbox 360 Kinect on November 4 in North America, and November 10 in European regions. The game retails for $49 / €49, and requires the Kinect Sensor ($149 / €149) and an Xbox 360 (from $199 / €199, or $299 / €299 with Kinect included).

The game is made by Frontier Developments, known for their creative touch in titles such as Frontier: Elite II (Amiga, ST, PC), Dog's Life (PS2, Xbox, PC, GC), and the Lost Winds games (Wii).

Kinectimals goes up against EyePet on the PlayStation 3, Nintendogs on the Nintendo DS, and Felis catus, the domestic cat.

http://kinectimals.froniter.co.uk

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