Jillian Michaels: Fitness Adventure (X-Box 360)

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Adventure not only allows you to work out with America’s toughest trainer, but it takes into the heart of a jungle to do so. The game lets you exercise how you want to, which means you can choose short, focused routines or longer, more varied ones. You’re able to run through pre-made circuits of workout exercises, which offer general activities, cardio based content, or focused routines that help you in specific areas. These pre-made circuits are fun and a great workout, but you can also tailor make your own circuits. This gives you more freedom and being able to put your own routines together can let you focus in areas that the pre-made circuits might not provide. This is a Jillian Michaels fitness product, so expect the workouts to be more intense than most games of this kind. As intense as the circuits can be, you’re able to pace yourself and work toward the more demanding routines, so don’t be scared off if a circuit overwhelms you.

If you’re having trouble, just choose shorter, less intense circuits until you feel comfortable moving to harder ones. You can also practice specific single exercises, in case one particular element is your problem. Regardless of your fitness level, the game has routines you can handle and as you progress, has the next level of circuit to challenge yourself with. But as I said, the game is more intense than most exercise games, so don’t overdo things too soon. This is a Kinect game, so the sensor reads your entire body movements in order to rate your performance. I found that the game needs a little more play area than most Kinect titles, so make sure you have ample room to exercise in. If you’re able to secure the space, the sensor detection is precise and consistent. In smaller play spaces however, you’ll find the sensor is less reliable, so be sure to allow yourself plenty of room. After all, you don’t want to pour your heart into a routine, only to have insufficient space and be scored lower than you earned.

The coolest part of the game is Fitness Adventure mode, which takes your routines and makes them part of a jungle survival adventure of sorts. You’re tasked to progress through 58 levels of survival, putting your fitness to the test and integrating the various workout elements from the game’s other modes. You’ve done squat jumps before for example, but in Fitness Adventure you need to do them to leap over obstacles. While the routines remain the same, the change in tone really adds to the workout and makes things a lot more fun. This also adds more of a game feel than most workout releases, so even those usually not interested in games like this might find the Fitness Adventure mode worthwhile. Whether you explore Fitness Adventure mode or stick with the more traditional circuits, Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Adventure is a well crafted workout product. You’ll be pushed hard, but you’ll get a great workout that challenges you to always improve your fitness. So if you enjoy working out with your Kinect, Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Adventure is highly recommended.

Video: How does it look?

The game’s visual design is much more impressive than most exercise titles. The jungle locale allows for lush greens and earth hues, instead of the clinical look of most workout games. I wouldn’t call the graphics bleeding edge, but they look quite good and are head and shoulders above most in the genre. While you might not think visuals matter much in a workout game, the jungle setting really does add some welcome freshness to the experience.

Audio: How does it sound?

You need music to work out to and Fitness Adventure provides a primal, effective soundtrack. The music is inspired by the jungle locale, so expect a lot of frantic drums and some unusual instruments. So no, this isn’t the same stuff from your spin class, which I think is good news. The music has a fast pace that keeps you moving in time with the exercises, which is all we can ask in this case. The other audio elements are passable, but the music stands out as the best part of the sound design.

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