There were a small handful of games that I hadn't played before, including Body and Brain Connection from Namco Bandai, Adrenalin Misfits from Konami, and The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout from THQ. Scroll down for more!
Body and Brain Connection is like Brain Age for the Kinect. It's surprising how much harder it is to coordinate with your limbs when you don't have the precision of a stylus in your hand. There's a collection of 20 minigames that are split into five categories: memory, physical, reflexes, math, and logic. One minigame has you moving your arms as though they were clock hands to display the time that is shown digitally. Another has you popping numbered balloons onscreen from the smallest to the largest number. There is even a game where you have to control Pac-Man with one hand and another character with the other while avoiding ghosts. It's surprisingly difficult to watch both sides of the screen and coordinate with both hands.
Adrenalin Misfits is a crossboarding game from Konami where you pick from a list of wacky characters and bomb down a hill that may or may not be covered in snow. There are a variety of environments to race in and multiple modes. It's like a typical snowboarding game in that you can participate in downhill slalom or do something more focused on tricks. There's a balloon buster mode where you need to find as many balloons as you can as you go down the course. As you would on a real board, you lean forward to increase your speed and lean left and right to turn. How the controls work will depend on your board and the character you pick. Going with the big fat armadillo was probably a bad idea when all I wanted to do was be fast. There are power-ups to collect, though, so you can harass your opponents a bit on the way down.
The other game I checked out was The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout from THQ. If you're familiar with the TV show, you'll find that a lot of the show's elements made it in, like challenges, the trainers, and even recipes to guide you on your way to a smaller pant size. Kinect makes workouts a lot easier, because there's nothing to hold, unless you decide to bring in some resistance bands or free weights. The game will adjust based on what you have, but you don't need any extra equipment to get started. The game uses three pillars to analyze your fitness level. It takes your height and weight to get a body mass index (which is never entirely accurate) and gives you a fitness test to see where you are. After that, it analyzes your body shape to see your proportions. By combining these three factors, the game will determine how "fit" you are. There are 120 exercises and several preset programs to choose from, and the routines will change dynamically depending on your performance. It looks like there's a lot of customizable stuff, and the onscreen trainer will immediately let you know what you're doing wrong if you're being lazy about it. Periodically some voice commands will appear where you can tell the game that you need a break or that it's too easy, and it will adjust according to your response. Granted, it's not going to yell at you for being a quitter, but this is the next best thing if you don't want to hire a real trainer.