Kinect Fitness Challenge ended, I still use the device to exercise at home. I'm happy to report that while things were starting to get a bit dull with the "traditional fitness" titles (games created for working out), the arrival of Kinect Star Wars in my home has shaken things up in the best way possible.
If you're anything like me, you don't really enjoy exercising. I prefer to get my exercise from walking instead of taking the subway, or playing tennis with a friend. The introduction of the Xbox 360 and Kinect has helped to increase the amount of working out that I do, and it was a huge boon this Winter when the last thing I felt like doing was heading to the gym. The titles (as you can judge from the series we did last Autumn) that capture my attention and are the ones I play the most are not your typical fitness games. After playing the demo of Kinect Star Wars several months ago, this was a game that I was hoping I could add to the "fun non-traditional workout" category in which I have placed Dance Central and Kinect Sports. Kinect Star Wars is a blast playing with friends, or playing solo and using it as a workout tool. We've hosted a Star Wars party with the game at the center, and our major complaint is that more than two players cannot play at a time, which we know is a limitation of the Kinect device more so than the game.
While the game is very fun, you get the most workout bang for your buck by playing Jedi Destiny: Dark Side Rising, Galactic Dance Off and Duels of Fate. These three activities have the most movement, and after playing Dark Side Rising and battling batch after batch of baddies you'll know exactly what I mean. To play the game properly in Dark Side Rising and Duels of Fate you need to jump, dodge, use one arm and sometimes both to slash with your invisible lightsaber, kick, and lunge. As you can see from this list, you can, if you do these often enough, get quite a bit of cardio in, as well as some light strength training if you add ankle weights during the lunges and such.
Galactic Dance Off, like other dancing games, requires an array of movements, and if you look at the name of the dance moves they are almost all Star Wars themed. It's also pretty funny to listen and read the Star Wars themed lyrics to the tune of pop songs and see Han Solo bust a move.
Of course a game built for fitness is going to offer a much better workout, but if you want to add a fun cardio element into your routine or just want something to get the kids moving on a rainy day, check out Kinect Star Wars. It's also a great game for post dinner party lulls, and we highly recommend any Star Wars fan give it play. Kinect Star Wars is available now and retails for $49.99. Full Disclosure Notice: Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did give us the product for testing and review purposes. Our full notice is here. (Images: Joelle Alcaidinho)