Kinect doesn’t get a lot of attention in most gaming enthusiast sites. While it’s true there aren’t a ton of games on it, the Kinect is still something you should consider, especially if you have kids. Here are five great Kinect games for kids.

Boom Ball

Boom Ball is a fast-paced puzzle game that has you launching balls and bombs at sets of colored blocks. Once the ball hits a block, it comes bouncing back to you to hit again, kind of like tennis. The game has a lighthearted style as some of the bricks have cute faces and the various environments are colorful and fun.

Commander Cherry’s Puzzled Journey

In Commander Cherry’s Puzzled Journey you use the Kinect simultaneously with a controller. You use the controller to control Commander Cherry through platform-like levels. The only problem is that the levels have gaps or other obstacles Commander Cherry can’t handle on his own. At this point you use a picture of your body in various poses to create paths for Commander Cherry to walk on.

Draw a Stickman Epic

Just like the title indicates, in this game you draw a stick man using the Kinect. Your little guy has been kidnapped and you have to help him escape his captors. Along the way, you’ll face a variety of problems and enemies that require you to draw other items on or around your stick man to help him get to safety.

Fruit Ninja Kinect 2

Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 has the same basic gameplay as the first Fruit Ninja game. You use your arms to slice and dice various fruits as they fly across the screen. Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 has five new game modes and a new multiplayer mode that lets up to four players play in special battle- and party-game types.


Q is a puzzle game where the puzzles have endless solutions. The solution to each puzzle will vary from person to person. The challenges are something general like, “try to get the ball out of a cup.” You must then draw something to help you reach the goal. Lots of different things can be drawn, and you can solve the puzzle in any way that works for you.

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Nicole has been playing games her entire life. Now that she's a mom, she's passionate about promoting games as a healthy pastime to other parents around the globe. She has been an editor at IGN, where she launched and hosted the Girlfight podcast. In her spare time (which is not very much, honestly) she enjoys gaming, reading, and writing fiction. Most of the time she’s a mom to a crazy, intelligent, and exhausting little girl.