Wreckateer is the first Kinect based title from Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion. The game has a lot of Angry Birds vibes, but it mixes up the formula with a 3D perspective and Kinect compatibility. Wreckateer is all about causing destruction. It's very easy to pick up and play, but I don't mean literally.
There's no controller component here, it's Kinect only. The game could have easily been playable with a standard controller, but Wreckateer demands you play with the motion sensor. This might seem slightly daunting, considering many Kinect titles have poorly executed controls. Thankfully, Wreckateer doesn't suffer in the controller department. It does what all Kinect games should do, and that's offer responsive and satisfying motion control .
You play as a new member of a three-man Wreckateer team. Your job is to travel across the land, destroying towers and othe structures that are infested with green goblins. Causing all this destruction is done with your trusty Ballista. Taking control of it is very straight forward. Aiming is simply done by stepping forward and holding out your arms. You can then take a step back, increasing the fire of your shot, just like you would do with a real ballista. Changing direction of your aim is done by moving side to side, and spreading both your arms will fire. You can then guide your shots by curving the ball with your hands. As you progress, you will gain a variety of special shots. For example, the flying shot lets you glide your shot by spreading out your arms and tilting. There's a total of six special shots, each offering a different tactic. They're all fun to use, but with 60 castles to take down, it does become reparative and tiresome fairly quickly.
At the end of each level, you are awarded a bronze, silver or gold medal, depending how much destruction you cause. The catch is, you are only given a set amount of shots in each level, making it much more challenging for those eager for a gold finish.
The controls are very responsive and accurate I've played so many Kinect games that don't respond quick enough, but Wreckateer is almost flawless. I was always in full control, and that's what makes Wreckater so much more enjoyable to play.
Whilst it does sway towards the reparative side, it is one of the better Kinect games this year. It's responsive controls are extremely satisfying, and there's enough content to justify the price tag. The
game also features the newly introduced Avatar Fame, allowing you to complete set challenges and unlock items for your avatar.
Review by Gareth Smith