Initially a game conceived for Kinect console play, Microsoft’s Kinectimals pet simulator became the company’s first game for both iOS and Android devices. After launching the My Xbox Live app for Android a few days ago, the Xbox maker decided to bring Kinectimals to Google Play today.
The application is available to download for $2.99 and can be installed on smartphones and tablets that run Android 2.2 Froyo or higher. In case you have already played Kinectimals on the Xbox 360, then the Android app will help you unlock five new cubs on the console, which will surely be waiting for your love and attention.
But what is Kinectimals all about? In the Kinect version, gamers can interact with gestures with a variety of cubs, just like they would with a real animal. Players can teach the animal tricks, feed them and take care of their chosen pet. As expected, since mobile devices do not have advanced gestures recognition support like the Kinect does, the Kinectimals for Android game will offer players a touch-based gaming experience – not that this should be a reason not to purchase it. In fact, considering that the original game costs $50, you’d be better off trying the mobile version first.
The mobile game features various challenges for you and your pet as you progress through the game; completing them will get you experience and coins that can be spent on more items for your animal. Overall, Kinectimals for Android is rather a simple game that targets a young audience, rather than mature players, but it may bring a smile to your face no matter how old you are.
What’s more important to notice is the fact that Microsoft seems more and more interested to bring its mobile apps to more mobile platforms rather than making them Windows Phone exclusives. Therefore, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more Microsoft apps make it to Google Play and other digital content stores for mobile devices.