Double Fine Happy Action Theater Is One Strange Little Toy

by Jeff Cork on Feb 02, 2012 at 11:10 AM

The newly released Double Fine Happy Action Theater isn't exactly a game, which is why we didn't review it. The downloadable Kinect title is more like a series of interactive toys, similar to what you'd experience in Microsoft's Kinect Fun Labs. Still, we wanted to give readers an idea of what to expect from it. Check out our video, which features me and Tim rampaging through a barrage of bizarre set pieces.

Double Fine Happy Action Theater is available on the XBLA marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points ($10). For that entry price, you get 18 wildly different...things. In one, you're trapped in gelatin, which warps and shifts according to your actions. Another is like an old-school shooter, with players transformed into energy-spewing butterflies. My personal favorite is the dance-off sequence, which you can see in the video below.

It's a supremely silly experience, but it's hard to think of a better way to get kids, non-gamers, or anyone who isn't afraid of getting stupid off the couch.