Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do Review

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Costco is giving away the Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do video game when you purchase the Xbox 360 Kinect game console. Carnival Games (by 2K Play) features 20 games and attractions. The Kinect title is rated E for everyone and has a list price of $50 (Amazon: $45). Bottom line: Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do is a fun game for the whole family, but not worth the $50 list price.

Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do for the Xbox 360 Kinect game console by 2K Play

What games are included in Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do?

  • Gold Rush Mountain — roller coaster ride, score points by collecting gold coins with your hands
  • Hot-Air Balloon — move your hands up and down to move your balloon up while avoiding flying obstacles
  • Wheel of Chance — spin the wheel to earn extra tickets
  • Funnel Cake Falls — use a plate to catch the falling pancakes
  • Rocket to Mars — steer your ship to Mars while avoiding obstacles
  • Crash-Test Dummy — make your body match the shape on the brick wall to score points
  • Pop Darts — pop balloons with darts
  • Alley Ball — roll balls up a ramp and into various holes to score points
  • Ring Fling — toss rings at pegs to score points
  • Shark Tank — toss balls at a target to dunk a guy into the shark tank
  • The Amazing Wodin — use your voice to answer questions in this activity
  • Pig Race — ride on a hog to see who finishes first
  • Monkey See, Monkey Do — score points by mirroring the poses of a dancing monkey
  • Down the Stretch — flick balls into holes to move your horse to the finish line
  • Strength Test — swing the hammer to ring the bell
  • Knockout Punch — hit and avoid the punching bag to score points
  • Court King — score points by making baskets
  • Granny Shot — throw various objects underhanded into the hoop (it’s hard to throw the bowling ball and planet)
  • Golden Arm — knock down milk bottles to score points
  • Hitting Streak — score points by hitting balls in a batting cage

What I like about Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do

  • The games are the type of games the whole family can enjoy. There isn’t any bad language and the games do not involve shooting or hitting people.
  • The games are easy enough for young kids to play (but it’s not easy to score a lot of points).
  • The kids seem to like the carnival theme, tickets (instead of points), and prizes.
  • This is a fun game to play when you have parties.

What I didn’t like about Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do

  • With a list price of $50, there should be more than 20 midway games. Keep in mind each game doesn’t take long to play.
  • Three of the games are single player only. I’m not sure why two players couldn’t take turns like in some of the multi-player games on the disk.

In conclusion, Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do is fun for the entire family — especially if you have young children. It’s not the kind of game most adults and older kids would want for their birthday. In my opinion, the video game is over-priced at $50. I suggest waiting until the price drops to under $20 (like the Wii version of Carnival Games). The game is free with an Xbox Kinect purchase at Costco. However, keep in mind that some retailers are offering a $50 gift card for the purchase of an Xbox Kinect. If I was given a choice, I would choose the $50 gift card instead of Carnival Games. BTW, there’s a coupon for free popcorn (3-4 count) in the game booklet.