Made in 48 hours, Fru looks better than most Kinect games

Made in just 48 hours for the Global Game Jam 2014, Fru uses Kinect to create a novel platformer.

Fru is just a prototype right now, but it looks like it makes really good use of Microsoft's Kinect.

"To understand how the game works, you'd have to imagine two pieces of paper on top of each other, each one containing a different platformer level," the team behind the project explains. "In a normal game, you'd only see the top one. In Fru, we use the outline of the player's shape to carve a hole in the first paper and reveal the second one."

Basically, the Kinect camera creates a silhouette of your body on the screen, which reveals platforms where there were none, or makes obstacles in your character's way disappear.

As you can see in the video, this creates an interesting dynamic where you have to move and stretch awkwardly while controlling the character on screen, timing your movement in the real world with your movement in the game.

Fru was created by a team of seven for the Global Game Jam 2014, which ended in Jan. 26. GGJ is the world's largest game jam event, where developers from around the globe try to make a game in 48 hours. The theme for this year's GGJ was "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

The Fru prototype was made with the Unity engine and currently runs on Windows. It won both the Judge and the Audience award at the Breda site.

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emanuelmaiberg

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85 comments
jark888
jark888

Great innovative idea for Kinect gaming usage! Love to see developers emerge new original idea for gaming. This helps evolve gaming industry step by step.

noheartallsoul
noheartallsoul

This is a laudable achievement for these young developers, and completely laughable how they've rivaled years worth of Microsoft development in 48 hours to find an enjoyable use for Kinect. I mean the device is supposed to be about gaming, yes? Or perhaps it's not and makes better use of Skype and TV remote control. I was never quite clear on Microsoft's message.  


In any case these developers should be hired if they want to work for Microsoft and those that are currently working at Microsoft in the Kinect gaming department should be fired.  

GGCrew_basic
GGCrew_basic

When did Gamespot start using the Buzzfeed/Upworthy Headline Generator®?

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

Well that is f'n awesome!

I could see something like being a big hit if done right and it really is a great use of Kinect that actually adds something unique to traditional games rather than taking something away and basically gimping them with inaccurate motion/waggle style controls.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Let's be perfectly honest here.... "best kinect game" isn't really holding the bar very high now is it? Just design a game for kinect that works and it'll already be the best!

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

best kinect game maybe? but still looks like it would get old after 10 minutes 

fester420
fester420

I would cheat and play the game wearing a cape and a sombrero.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Im just waiting for an RTS Kinect based game, something along the lines of Black & White should suffice : )

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Ahhhh, its rather refreshing to see Devs using their imaginations : )

Judeuduarte
Judeuduarte

Hahaha the ones with the stars are funny XD

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

They should try to make this a full fledged Xbox one and Xbox 360 Kinect game. I have an Xbox 360 S console but no Kinect 1 to go with it. I have not played any kinect games. When I buy Xbox One it comes with Kinect V2 so by that time. This may be a full retail kinect game for Xbox one and Xbox 360. I guess they would have to make 2 versions for the 2 kinect cameras. 


Hopefully they will try to make this into a full game. Even if I do ever buy it. Some people like kinect. I'm not one of them. but for the people that do. Maybe this is the game for them.

KenderDragon
KenderDragon

Interesting. I think it's making a brilliant use of the Kinect, even if a little edgy for now. Made in 48 hours? I'm impressed.

axl159
axl159

If this games comes to market that will make the number of kinect games worth buying ... 1


Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

If there was ever an award for best troll headline... This should get the lifetime achievement award. Oh yeah.. And Kinect games do suck. That's why many of us won't pay the extra $100 for crap we don't want or need in the xbones $500 price tag.

Spexter
Spexter

Really awesome and creative use of kinect,also as I far as I can see,they got the kinect to recognize body movement far better than any of the "big" kinect games...

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Fuck off with this troll title. Not that Kinect games didn't suck because they did.

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

this looks like the best use of kinect so far. Make it! - it'll probably be way better then some of the other kinect games we've see so far.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Made in 48 hours, sounds like every other Kinect game.

SixTwoOne
SixTwoOne

Great. These may be the first people who 'get' how to use Kinect. I would 100% buy it... but I don't have a Kinect. Game great but don't know if it's a Kinect system seller to make people buy Xbox One? When this is finished, Xbox needs to IMMEDIATELY offer this for free with all Xbox One's (instead of Rainbox Six Vegas 2 that is 8 whatever years old). This may actually get people playing on the Kinect.

Gegglington
Gegglington

interesting concept add a few more players make a platform slash twister game 

Assimilat0r
Assimilat0r

Sticking to my PC glorious master race + Gym.

kefo2323
kefo2323

this game  is nice  . I like it :D  but  may be it will need fix if a big size guy is playing it :> or hmm idk

korvus
korvus moderator

Looks like an interesting concept, actually. Reminds me of Perspective (which was a great game too).

dchanland
dchanland

Really cool! Love it!

I just hope that they can manage to release it before some big company rip off their ideas.

Congrats to them!

noandno
noandno

Still much longer development time than Fighter Within

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

Or play the normal why like a normal person. 

DragoBlade7
DragoBlade7

such innovate

so amaze

wow


I'm sorry. :(

aus_pride
aus_pride

woah that actually looks heaps of fun! 

toshineon
toshineon

@fester420  Haha, reminds me of playing a game on the good old EyeToy for PS2 where you had to beat ninjas that attacked you, I just held a broomstick that I span around and all ninjas in the game automatically died as soon as they appeared on screen.

KenderDragon
KenderDragon

@axl159  Well, to be fair, my kids loved Kinectimals. So, it's 2 games for me.

kefo2323
kefo2323

@Buck_Swaggler @kefo2323 :> its not matter of me or any one . iam talking general mate :D just a concept some one who will fill the screen  . then that is not his game :D

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@Vinnvn @sladakrobot  You're right, there's some normal people and some that aren't. The Normal understand that they aren't really normal (because who is?) and the abnormal insist vehemently that they are - which is about as sane as claiming to be perfect.


Should also point out that what you are saying people should play has been played... essentially the same way over and over for the past 28 years.