The Best Kinect Game You Never Heard Of

I heard great things about Mother Nature last week at the Games For Change conference in New York City. I heard one of the conference's experts suggest that it might be the Kinect game he's ever played.

If you know what Kinect is, then you may know that there aren't many (any?) great games for Microsoft's hot controller-free sensor system. I remain a curious optimist, though, so I invited one of Mother Nature's creators, Diane Tucker, to demonstrate the game in Kotaku's New York City office. I regret that we didn't have a better shooting set up. My fault, not hers. But I hope you can watch the video in this story appreciate what was happening: simple, pleasant, distinct and gentle gestures used to manage a small eco-system.

Mother Nature is, essentially, a god game via Kinect. Its controls are smartly elegant.

Wave your arm high in a lasso gesture to summon clouds. Summon a bunch to make a rain cloud. Drum the air to make it rain. Lasso at middle height to blow seeds into the scene. Water some more. Raise your arms to make the scenes grow. Water and grow. Water and grow. Grow flowers to attract spiders. Spiders will block grasshoppers. Let flowers attract birds. Birds drop grass seed. Water the grass. Attract a field mouse. Etc, etc, until a snake shows up.

Mother Nature is in only the prototype stages, though. So you can download it and run it off Windows to see what you think of it.

The game was created by Tucker and a team of about 20 aspiring creators. It was made with the help of Open NI and with the support of MXR Lab at the University of Souther California's Institute for Creative Technologies. Tucker hopes that a publisher will be interested in the game so that everyone can play a more elaborate version of what you see here, possibly on the Xbox 360. It could help kids learn about nature. And it could give me something else to like about my Kinect other than Dance Central and Kinectimals.


    oooh. Looks like the smaller devs are finally going to find an innovative and useful way to utilise the Kinect's immense potential.

    And in 3 months time will all hear about the latest 'AAA' Kinect title that 'borrows' the setup of these innovators.

    Can you say... iPhone Pocket Gods? Same thing.

    "I heard one of the conference’s experts suggest that it might be the Kinect game he’s ever played."

    Missing something ?

    I am assuming "it might be the best Kinect game" or then again "it might be the only Kinect game he's ever played."

    Who knows, uninformative confusing chinese whispers are uninformative.

    sounds great. If it's as good as it sounds, it might convince my wife to let me get Kinect, and me to want one...

      Just get it man, she'll be cool with it. If she gives you any static, just insist that she make you a sandwich and she'll forget all about it :) Ladies are most relaxed when making sandwiches... I think...

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