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Double Fine Leads Kinect Kids Push With Happy Action Theater

by Phil Kollar on Oct 18, 2011 at 03:40 PM

It turns out Double Fine's recent Sesame Street game wasn't the only thing the fan-favorite developer has in store for Kinect or children. Microsoft is pushing kids and family-friendly games for the 360's motion-sensing Kinect add-on, and Double Fine is leading the charge.

At an event last week, Double Fine unveiled Happy Action Theater, a mini-game collection that includes such as activities as smashing buildings, playing a simplistic Space Invaders-esque shooter, and more. The new game is expected to release in time for the holidays this year.

In addition to Happy Action Theater, Microsoft has revealed a number of other upcoming kid-focused Kinect releases. A collaboration with Pixar code-named Rush will be out next year and will feature challenges based around popular Pixar films such as The Incredibles and Toy Story 3. The 360 will also receive Kinect Sesame Street TV, Kinect Nat Geo TV, and Project Columbia, all of which seem to be learning games with limited interaction.

Anyone think focusing on kids is a good way to go with Kinect or are you still hoping Microsoft will somehow figure out a way to make the technology relevant to hardcore gamers?

[via Eurogamer]