As someone who doesn’t really play video games, this is definitely one of my favorites so far and one of the few where I will be on my feet engaged instead of on the couch. My boyfriend recently got the Kinect and bought “Child of Eden” so I could play along.
Shiny Happy Things: You know the phrase, “Oooo pretty colors…”, the thing people say when their glassy, unblinking eyes are staring dazedly at something hypnotic? That’s exactly how the visual effects are in this game.
The “enemies” are a visually stunning overload of smoke, gems, orbs, twisty dragon things, glowing jelly fish, intricate henna tattoo shapes, pulsating boxes, and shooting stars. The rainbow of colors is implied on all of them.
And when you shoot them, it’s like breaking rainbow stained glass with a heavy dose of sparkles. If you baby-sit, any kid under the age of seven will be in your control when you pop this in the Xbox.
Power: Both of your hands are weapons. The left hand shoots things on the screen with a laser. The right hand locks on to objects and then obliterates them when you push forward.
For all you multi-taskers, who also like to stay fit but don’t have the time or patience, playing “Child of Eden” is a great way to tone your arms. Don’t believe me? Try holding your arms out in front of you so your hands are just below eye level.
Feel the burn? Now imagine being in that position, but constantly moving around while fighting colorful crime like a warrior-kitten ninja. You’ll be like Xena in no time.
Music: The music is like what you hear at raves decked out in glow sticks ready to dance the night away…only it’s so much better.
The sounds mixed with the visuals is probably the closest you can get to a synesthetic experience wherein your senses mix together to give you the ultimate gaming experience.