Twister Mania (X-Box 360)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Twister as a video game seems a little odd, even given Kinect’s innovative control options. But Twister Mania takes the classic concept of body manipulation and spins it into a new kind of experience. Twister Mania doesn’t ask you to put your left hand on red, instead it requires you to contort your entire body into various poses. The game has several game modes, each full featured and a lot of custom play options. Some mini-game collections are loaded with mediocre filler, but all five modes in Twister Mania are well crafted and ideal for a party atmosphere. You can practice by yourself in almost all the game modes, but Twister Mania shines when you have a partner and a crowd to perform in front of. The game has you compete with a partner against up to three other couples, which can lead to some hilarious and memorable moments. I also love that since Twister Mania is family friendly, anyone can jump in and have fun, so it is great for get togethers of all kinds.

The premise of Twister Mania is to use your body to complete objectives, thus earning points. One mode tasks you to fit your body inside an outline within a short time period, with another mode allowing others to photograph their own bodies in odd poses, which you then have to match yourself. Being able to create your own poses is a great inclusion, as this gets more people involved and by turn, increases the fun for everyone. Another mode features a solid wall, which you must break down with your body, with the fastest time scoring the win. You can also check out challenge modes, which offer variations on the main modes, as well as a new mode in which you attempt to collect the most on-screen stars. In other words, there is a metric ton of replay value within Twister Mania, so the party will never get dull with this. I had a lot of fun with Twister Mania, as it uses the Kinect tech in creative ways and is a great social game experience. So if you want to liven up your gatherings or just want to challenge your roommate to a pose-off, Twister Mania is highly recommended.

Video: How does it look?

The game has a bright, colorful, and fun visual design. The backgrounds are clean and sharp, with the focus on the wall that you pose to match or break down. The outlines of the players are easy to spot and fine tune your pose, which is crucial for a game of this type. The scoring interface is simple to track as well, but it never overtakes the main visual focus. This game just looks great, fun visuals with a non cluttered environment.

Audio: How does it sound?

The main element of the sound design is the music, which sounds good and helps keeps your energy level up. I was never annoyed or bothered by the tunes, which is good since sessions of this game can be quite extensive. The various sound effects are well implemented, but won’t stand out in a crowded atmosphere. So the soundtrack might not be memorable, but it is solid and gets the job done.

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