We don't see to many Kinect for Windows Windows Store games, so when I saw this on the Kinect for Windows team blog, had to highlight it...
A wall, a ball, and a kid: think about it. When you were a youngster on a playground, and a wall and a ball were at hand, what would you do? If you were like most kids, you’d kick or throw that ball against the wall, moving around with the unbridled energy of youth as the ball bounced back to you, again and again.
It’s exactly that sort of natural, simple exercise that Wall Ball, a Kinect for Windows game, seeks to recreate. Or as psychologist and game developer Tino Ågren of Mixxus Studio says, “A kid in the schoolyard moves around without thinking about it being ‘exercise.’ I like games to work in the same way—you turn Wall Ball on and start moving around, getting your pulse up, just because it’s fun.”
In creating Wall Ball, Ågren used the Kinect Unity package in the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0, which allowed him to develop the entire game in Unity. The physics simulations, which enable the skeletal tracking to accurately predict the flight of the ball, were the biggest challenge. Once he had the physics down, he knew he was on the way to creating an enjoyable way to burn off some physical energy anytime you have a few minutes. Ågren is especially happy to have made the game available through the Windows Store, which he feels is “a really good platform…a good way to reach a lot of different people.”
Project Download URL: Windows Store
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