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The 10 Best Kinect Games (Voted on by You!)

Updated on September 8, 2015

See Which Are the Most Popular!

Are you looking for one of the best Kinect games to go with the Kinect you got for Christmas? Want to use a gift card or Christmas cash to get games? You'll find exactly what you want on this list! In a hurry? Click here to see which Kinect game was voted #1.

Update: Kung Fu has strong-armed its way into the to 10, knocking Michael Jackson back into Honorable Mentions.

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Child of Eden: If you're looking for a truly immersive Kinect experience that is unlike any other game you'd played before, Child of Eden should certainly be on your radar. It's part trippy music-infused dream-sequence, and part quasi-first-person-shooter.

Rabbids - Alive and Kicking: Originally for the Wii console, these delightfully quirky "rabbids" (rabbit-like creatures) have now invaded the Kinect in a bunch of fun minigames. The games can get a bit repetitive, but the kookiness of the rabbids keep it interesting.

Kinectimals - Now with Bears: If you don't have a pet, then getting Kinectimals is a great way to experience what it's like to play with and train an animal. Plus, you get to choose from Bengal tigers, cheetahs, and lions, which you probably wouldn't be able to adopt in real life. And if you do have a pet, don't spend so much time with Kinectimals that you forget to walk Fido!

Michael Jackson The Experience: If you love Michael Jackson, then this is the game for you. It's similar to Dance Central in the setting of specific dance moves to music, but it's all based on Michael Jackson songs, and the training for the dance routines is a little different. Also, there is more of a focus in this game on outfits, avatars, and stages than in Dance Central. Just like Dance Central, this game is a great one to play at a party. You can find a great video demonstration and review on Angry Joe's YouTube page.

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#10: Fighters Uncaged - Fight the Good Fight

The motions you've started to hone during the boxing game in Kinect Sports can be developed even further when you get Fighters Uncaged. Whereas Kinect Sports boxing only lets you use the arms, Fighters Uncaged allows you to use your entire body. Some reviewers have said that it's not entirely realistic, but it's still a fun title to own. It's also been voted the best Kinect fighting game.

9: PowerUP Heroes - Epic Battles With You In the Middle

An awesome new game where you play a superhero avatar that must duel with another superhero avatar, using powers such as super punches, lightning lassos, and balls of fire. The powers available for you to use are determined by the suit you're wearing at the moment (you can collect up to 20). This YouTube video will give you an idea of the gameplay.

#8: Kung Fu - High Impact

Thanks to Alishah for making sure I include this game on the list! I'll admit, at first glance this title looks a bit kooky (the box art could have been a bit better), and the video (see below) was interesting, to say the least. However, there's much more to this game than meets the eye. If you don't believe me, click the title to check out the surprisingly good Amazon reviews!

#7: Your Shape Fitness, Evolved franchise - Play Your Way To a Better Body

This title isn't so much a "game" as it is a tool for helping you to exercise. Still, the fact that you're combining exercise and fun can be a great motivating factor. One of the best parts of Your Shape Fitness is how it tracks your precise body movements just like a personal trainer would, and gives you specific feedback to improve your posture and performance. So far, Your Shape FItness Evolved 2012 is reviewing better than the the previous version..

#6: Kinect Star Wars - Use the Force!

Based on the ever-popular movie series, this game lets you battle for supremacy alongside all your favorite characters. This game does make some strange choices (such as a Han Solo dance sequence, and some of the motion control isn't quite as smooth as hoped. Still, this game will be worth it to fans of the franchise who simply must have every new entry that comes along (and young children who don't have to same fond memories of the original trilogy as the rest of us).

#5: The Gunstringer - Puppets With Attitude

Now is your chance to control a gunslinging skeleton puppet in a Wild West environment! The overall feel of this game (music, setting, voice acting) is all amazingly well done, and really does transport you back in time. One thing to keep in mind: you're going to be holding your arms up a lot to play this one, so you'll either have to really work on your upper body strength, or else not play for hours on end.

#4: Just Dance 4 - Another Great Dance Game

This most recent release from the Just Dance franchise features both current billboard hits and classic favorites to dance to. A dance game is only as good as it's song list, so if you're interested in this one, you might want to click on the link or the image to see the details on Amazon. Like Dance Central, this game has a simultaneous multiplayer mode, although the four players allowed by Just Dance can be a bit of a squeeze. Do compare to the previous version, check out Just Dance 3.

#3: Kinect Adventures - Five Games In One

This game often comes bundled with the Kinect, so it's usually the first Kinect game people will have the experience of playing. It beautifully illustrates some of what the motion controllers can do. Games include River Rush (a river rafting game), 20,000 Leaks (a game about plugging leaks), Reflex Ridge (an obstacle avoidance game), Rally Ball (similar to handball), and Space Pop (a game where you pop bubbles).

#2: Dance Central franchise - Rock the Dance Floor!

So I have to admit, this is my personal favorite. The way that it shows you how to perform the dance moves is easy enough to follow, but hard enough that it's a challenge that will keep you interested. And the best part is that tons of current, popular song titles are included, so you'll always find a song that you'll actually want to dance to. To compare the newest release to the previous versions, read more about Dance Central 2 and the original Dance Central here.

And The #1 Best Kinect Game Is...

Kinect Sports!

#1: Kinect Sports - Kick, Punch, Score!

This Kinect game lets you use your whole body to play a variety of virtual sports, including beach volleyball, soccer, bowling, boxing, table tennis and track and field. Of course, playing these sports with the Kinect isn't exactly like playing them in real life, but it's still super fun, and the competition can get fierce when you play with another person or in teams. You might want to stick with the original when buying a game, because Kinect Sports Season Two isn't picking up the best of reviews.

Thoughts On The Best Kinect Games? - Share Them Here

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      jigmed91 3 years ago

      Kinect Sports for me.. :D

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      emmaklarkins 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree, the Kinect is by far the best for dancing games.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great games on this list, i personally love the Just dance 4 game great way to keep fit.

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      emmaklarkins 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you! I love the idea of having people choose the most popular games, instead of telling them which I think are best. Everyone has different tastes!

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      emmaklarkins 4 years ago

      @garagerob: Glad to hear it! It's a fun title :)

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      garagerob 4 years ago

      Great lens! I love the Kinect Star Wars.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very well composed lens. Great work here, kudos.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great choices!

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      Kiwigirl 4 years ago from Franklin

      These need to be updated...there are some new kinect games that are more popular now..check out Disney Rush..this is really in the top five.

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      emmaklarkins 4 years ago

      @Satha: Glad you found some good titles! There are plenty of great options to choose from :)

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      Satha 4 years ago

      I haven't got a kinect game yet, and part of the reason is because I didn't know many good games for it. This helps my decision some. Thanks. :D

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      maxidef 5 years ago

      very interesting lens.

      Congrats.

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      Thanks everyone for stopping by!

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      VaBeachMatthew 5 years ago

      Very nice lens - we have a Kinect at home and need to pick up some of these to get more use out of it... especially the dance ones. Got to keep in shape, right? lol

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      tweeky lm 5 years ago

      nice lens, keep it going (y)

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      CoreyHoffmeyer 5 years ago

      I still need to get a Kinect, but this lens makes me want one more. Great job!

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Nicely done, congrats!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've been looking for a list like this as I have completely fallen in love with my Kinect! Thank you!

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      my favorite was just dance 3 great lens

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      my favorite was just dance 3 great lens

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      I really like how you've featured your reviews as a top-10 countdown to #1. Nice creative idea getting visitors involved in the voting. ~~Blessed~~

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      @alishah-novin: I have actually come across this game briefly, and admit I hadn't given it much of a look. However, you're absolutely right about it being a good game. It's currently climbing the ranks on my list of Best Kinect Fighting Games, and it deserves a spot on the overall best Kinect games list as well. Thanks for pointing this out!

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      alishah-novin 5 years ago

      @alishah-novin: Sorry - the game is called Kung Fu High Impact (http://www.amazon.com/Kung-Fu-High-Impact-Xbox-360...

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      alishah-novin 5 years ago

      Kung Fu Action is the best game out for Kinect. Hands down. It's incredibly immersive, the tracking is really well done, and it actually puts YOU in the game, instead of an avatar. It's a great laugh, very physical, very fun.

      The only reason it's not even on this list is because no one knows about it - but read the reviews on Amazon, or try it out for yourself - it won't disappoint at all.

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yeah, Fighters Uncaged has some definite pros and cons. Players expecting the fighting action to be "realistic" have been disappointed with the game; it's basically not fun unless you learn to play by the "Fighters Uncaged rules," which are admittedly arbitrary and frustrating. To people considering getting this game, some have suggested it's a good title to rent before you buy.

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      Edwinrocks 5 years ago

      Kinect Sports!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I agreed with Gamer that Fighters uncaged shouldn't be on this list. I don't like it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fighters uncaged shouldn't be on this list. It's simply not playable. By far the worst game I have ever played. I can't believe they can even legally sell this and call it a game. As far as kinect sports, being number one. Yeah that's probably true. Too bad it gets boring after 30 minutes.

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      dbrian lm 5 years ago

      Kinect Sports for sure. All these look like great games though.

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      Trackline 5 years ago

      Gunstringer looks pretty legit.

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      starcraft2guidefornobs 5 years ago

      nice collection, i love it

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      Elric22 5 years ago

      Looks like I need a kinect now. :)

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      Asher Socrates 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      These games are so cool! Great lens topic keep up the good work.

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      Rebeljohn 5 years ago

      Very nice lens we just got our daughter on and she loves it

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      this is a great resource since we just got a kinect. well done. thanks.

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      cargame 5 years ago

      nice, looks funny.

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Some great info here. Thanks a lot for sharing

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      BusyMOM LM 5 years ago

      I learned a lot. Thanks for sharing. I had not heard about Kinect games until this lens.

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      Britlander 5 years ago

      Thanks for this lens it was just what I was looking for!

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      Jonathan_G 5 years ago

      I found it really ironic that your lens is about interactive games and you made your lens interactive so your audience can vote on their favorite games. Keep up the good work!

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      Nice lens! You really know your stuff. I don't play wii but this makes me wish I did...

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      morantis2011 5 years ago

      I am waiting to see what the next gen games will be like.

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      brada7x 5 years ago

      @brada7x: By the way I've got my own short list of best kinect games you should check out. It's not very long but, IMO, some of the better games!

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      brada7x 5 years ago

      Pretty good list you've got here. Unfortunately the Kinect doesn't have a ton of titles out just yet. Hopefully they'll be adding many more in the near future and improving the sensor itself, too.

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      shoefiend 5 years ago

      Really like this post trying to get some more game for my kinect these will give me more options two thumbs up

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      jtrandall 5 years ago

      Kinect is a "game" changer for sure!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Basically am a ps3 fan.. but after experiencing kinect now, i don't know what to speak.. i love my xbox now its just becos of the kinect... soooooooooooooooooooooooo sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet...

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I'm pretty sure I'm gonna get a Kinect sometime this year - I'll definitely be back here to reference when I do. :)

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      Two Crafty Paws 5 years ago

      Great lens! I am still waiting for my "better half" to cave in to my wish on getting an xbox (and kinetic naturally - it is awesome!).

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      Guided Abundance 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      First time playing the kinect over the holidays and had a great time playing the Dance Central with the whole family and friends. At least 15 of us were enjoying it and it's a lot of fun to watch.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Kinect games look like a lot of fun. ~ Blessed!

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      veganmaster 5 years ago

      Oh man, do I need to buy a Kinect! Super fun and super healthy, right up my alley. :)

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      ethantrevors 5 years ago

      informative lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There are many of the top kinect games that can be found at http://www.outlawbidder.com/auctions/view/3690/XBO... if you want to be able to name your price on the items!

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      brownicus15 5 years ago

      just got a Kinect for christmas! Thanks for the suggestions!

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I'm tempted to get a kinect just for the fitness 'games' on there. Cheaper than a gym membership and a whole lot more fun I'm sure.

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      bharat01 5 years ago

      Hey very nice lens...., great job done by you, keep it up........:)

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Anything that get us moving on turkey day!

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      I love the Rabbids. Makes me laugh all of the time. So many good games here I've not tried.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i love Your Shape Fitness, Evolved.

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      @Jerrad28: The sports games are great. It's a type of game that's really hard to play without a motion controller!

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      cool lens! Definitely prefer the sports :)

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      AbhinavB LM 6 years ago

      Looks like a lot of games are there to play with kinect...