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Top 10 Family Games for the Xbox 360

A few weeks ago we posted our thoughts on the best family games for the Xbox 360. This list included games as diverse as Dance Central 3 and Kinectimals Now with Bears. Well, it didn’t take long for readers to get back to us with their own favorites, some of which are several years old but are still getting regular play in living rooms and family dens all over the country.

So here’s an updated list of your favorite games for the Xbox 360. Remember, if you are looking to buy one of these titles, shop around – many of them are now being sold at heavily discounted prices!

Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure

Kinect Rush transports you to the Pixar Theme Park where you get to meet the characters from five Pixar blockbuster movies: Ratatouille, Toy Story, Up, Cars and The Incredibles. While some of these movie titles have made previous appearances as video games, this is the first time the characters and story lines have been given the Kinect treatment. Kids – and parents too – will be captivated by being immersed into the enchanting worlds of Remy, Woody, Lightning McQueen, Elastigirl and the rest of the Pixar gang. This is your chance to be a rat, a toy, a car, or even an Incredibles-style superhero!

Price: $29.99 from the Microsoft Store
ESRB Rating: Everyone

Kinect Sesame Street TV

Join Big Bird, Grover, Oscar and more as Kinect Sesame Street TV transforms passive viewing into active participation, encouraging kids to use gestures, voices and their bodies to interact with the familiar characters on the screen. This new 2-way TV experience utilizes content from actual TV episodes of Sesame Street and brings to life activities such as jumping like a frog with Elmo, learning letters with Cookie Monster or counting with Grover. Learning has never been more fun!

Price: $29.99 from the Microsoft Store
ESRB Rating: Everyone

Kinectimals Now with BEARS!

Kinectimals Now with BEARS! expands on the first Kinectimals game, so you’re now playing among cuddly bear cubs as well as young lions and tigers. Kids can solve mysteries on an undiscovered island and share exciting adventures, all the while using their voices and bodies to interact with their new furry friends. A helpful fairly-like assistant shows kids how to get the animals to roll over and make other cute moves, and the patient and forgiving gameplay makes sure no-one gets left behind.

Price: $36.00 at Amazon.com
ESRB Rating: Everyone

Kung Fu Panda

Break out your Kung Fu fighting skills as you join Po on his quest to become a Dragon Warrior. The graphics and dialogue vary from cute to hilarious and the many different levels offer a constantly varying challenge. The Kung Fu Panda controls are accurate and satisfyingly responsive. Play as a single player or play with friends in multi-player mode.

Price: $29.99 from the Microsoft Store
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Just Dance 3

The Just Dance franchise reaches a whole new level as Just Dance 3 is the first in the series to take advantage of the Kinect motion controller. Get a great workout as you practice your latest dance moves under the watchful eye of your Kinect-based instructor. There are over 45 hit songs from artists such as Katy Perry, Donna Summer, LMFAO and The Black Eyed peas. Up to 4 players can join in the action at the same time and features such as Just Sweat, Shout Out, and Play Your Way add to the party atmosphere.

Price: $39.99 from the Microsoft Store
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

LEGO Star Wars III

The quirky but iconic LEGO brand teams up with Star Wars for The Clone Wars, the third in the much-loved LEGO Star Wars franchise. Explore far-off galaxies, solve puzzles, and try out new clone weapons as you defend the Republic or switch sides to support the separatists. Spilt screens and jump in/jump out capabilities make Clone Wars an ideal game for families and friends to play together. May the Force be with you!

Price: $19.99 from the Microsoft Store
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster

This educational adventure game revolves around a book called Once Upon a Monster, which is discovered by Cookie Monster and Elmo. In-game activities include exercise and problem-solving, as children are taught empathy and kindness and learn to appreciate the value of different personalities and characters. The Kinect motion sensor promotes active gameplay, and the cooperative experience encourages all family members to join in the fun.

Price: $19.99 from the Microsoft Store
ESRB Rating: Everyone

Kinect Sports: Season Two

The follow up to the best-selling Kinect Sports, features six different sports: tennis, golf, football, baseball, skiing and darts. Challenge Play allows you to take on different family members in your living room, or you can log on to Xbox LIVE to find opponents worldwide. Kinect Sports: Season Two comfortably accommodates all different skill levels and the new Achievements feature helps motivate by rewarding progress. You can also download pictures and in-game video through KinectShare.

Price: $29.99 from the Microsoft Store
ESRB Rating: Everyone

Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Relive those wonderful days at Disneyland through Disneyland Park, a magical place full of familiar rides and characters. You can choose which attractions you want to visit, discover new locations and game experiences, collect autographs, and join in all the fun activities you would expect at the famous theme park. You can explore on your own or invite a family member to help out. Meet Peter Pan, Mickey Mouse and your favorite princesses without leaving the comfort of your living room!

Price: $19.99 at the Microsoft Store
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Toy Story 3

Andy leaves for college and Buzz, Woody and the gang find themselves in unfamiliar territory – a day care center! Choose your character and battle your way through a world filled with giant obstacles. Toy Story 3 is a completely customizable game, with endless possibilities. Jump into the story and make sure no toy gets left behind!

Price: $19.99 at the Microsoft Store
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

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