Power Rangers Super Samurai (Xbox 360 Kinect)

POWER_BOXTransform yourself into a Power Ranger and battle evil monsters with Power Rangers Super Samurai for Xbox 360 Kinect. In the adventure mode, the game will take your picture so it looks like you’re in the game. Swipe the screen to make a symbol appear, then outfit yourself as one of the five colored Power Rangers. Then perform kicks, punches, and special move poses to beat up waves of bad guys and a boss.

In each stage, swing your hand around like your holding a sword to bash the baddies. Kick to send them flying away. After defeating a few enemies, you can do a certain pose to power up your moves for a short time. Duck, jump, and shift left and right to dodge attacks. After you beat up a few baddies, you’ll have to fight that stage’s boss, which requires more hits. When he’s knocked down, make a spinning motion with your hand to activate your Samurai sword for a finishing move. But just like the show, the battle doesn’t end there. The boss will then grow big and you must get into your giant robot to defeat him. Controlling the robot is similar to when you are on foot, though.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what action or pose you must perform, and other times the game doesn’t seem to recognize what moves you are making. But I’ve certainly played worse Kinect games before. Even so, I think only the most die-hard young Power Ranger fans will enjoy this.


Kid Factor:

Power Rangers Super Samurai is rated T for Teen with an ESRB descriptor of Fantasy Violence. But I’d be OK with any kid playing this, really. You just punch and kick silly monsters that explode when defeated. If you’re OK with your kids watching the TV show, they’ll be OK with the game, too. They might get frustrated by the slightly unresponsive controls, but they’ll get some exercise at least.

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