IGN Review of Minute To Win It Kinect
When a human being has something to lose, tension is born. Be it love or money, when stakes are on the line, we as a society are drawn into the struggle. So in big game shows like Minute to Win It, we like to see real people struggling to win or lose huge piles of cash. But when you turn the experience into a virtual setting filled with Xbox avatars and no real consequences, the suspense is lost. So while some of Minute to Win It's mini-games are fun, there's no sense of drama to draw you into the experience.
What's Minute to Win It for the uninitiated? Contestants have exactly sixty seconds to complete a simple, yet difficult task. This involves knocking oranges into a circle with a banana tied to your waist, pulling tissues out of tissue boxes at a rapid pace, rolling marbles into sticky tape, throwing ping-pong balls off a wall into a bucket on your head, and much more. Like I said, they're simple tasks, yet strangely difficult to master.
Minute to Win It's official website has instructions for all of the events for people to practice at home before nabbing a spot on the show. The events require precision and a little luck to master. Some of the events in the Kinect version of Minute to Win It remove precision from the equation and settle down on simple luck (I'm talking to you "What a Racquet"). They walk the fine line between overly-easy and maddeningly difficult. The official show has dozens of different challenges, but Minute to Win It for Kinect only has 20.
While there are different score requirements depending on the difficulty, you'll quickly cycle through the different events and get a sense of the whole experience. After every few rounds, Avatar Guy Fieri (the game show's real, bleached-hair host) sends you off to either pick up more supplies from the grocery store, where you must run and steer a shopping cart into floating icons, or partake in a commercial that has you pose and jump through a series of infomercial challenges. It's nice to get away from Avatar Fieri, but they're super simple additions that don't add to the experience.
Despite the removal of stakes and the potential for monetary loss from the interactive version of the game show, it does still hit a few highs during multiplayer. When you pit yourself against your friends, Minute to Win It suddenly gets intense and you can laugh your way through the difficult challenges as you both (or all four of you) scramble for a shot at coming out on top.
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