Microsoft Tackles iOS Gaming with 'Kinectimals'

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Microsoft today took a major step onto the iOS gaming platform with the release of Kinectimals. The game, which is aimed at children and involves interacting with virtual animals, debuted last year as an Xbox 360 game taking advantage of the Kinect motion-sensing control system.
    The release marks an interesting move for Microsoft, which has an established gaming brand with the Xbox/Kinect line and has been thought to be looking to use that leverage to promote its own Windows Phone platform. But Microsoft has been making a significant push into iOS gaming tie-ins over the past week, beginning with the My Xbox LIVE profile management app and Halo Waypoint companion app for the popular gaming franchise.

    Beyond those new offerings, today's addition of Kinectimals signals an even more substantial investment in iOS by Microsoft, which has now proven willing to branch out from its own platforms to support games running directly on iOS devices.

    Kinectimals is a universal iOS application for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and is priced at $2.99 [App Store].

    Article Link: Microsoft Tackles iOS Gaming with 'Kinectimals'
  2. macrumors 603

    Aug 29, 2008
    Let's see of this game is worth it. I'm going to download it right away.
  3. Guest


    Aug 6, 2008
    Manchester UK
    I have this game. My mates daughter loves playing on it. Its great casual fun
  4. macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2008
    Good to see MS getting in on the action! Thanks for the XBOX app. Bring on Office!
  5. macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    This is actually a dream come true for me.

    This is one of my favourite Kinect games.
  6. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    First it's Kinectimals, then it's Windows and Office. Won't someone think of the children? :D
  7. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    HNNNGGGG My heart. The Sesame Street Kinect game was so cute too.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Nov 18, 2008
  9. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Even if they sell 10 million copies of this at $3 each this is pocket change for Microsoft. Clearly, I think their goal is not to make money. I think maybe they want to train their staff ad this just covers the cost. They did this for some reason and it was not to make money.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2011
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    Looking into that tiger's eyes one cannot ignore the deep hatred and resentment for it's owner that is present. It is more than happy to do tricks and obey the commands because it knows that one day the tables will turn in the struggle of control and life span.
  12. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Microsoft is a software company. They've spent the last 30 years confusing themselves into thinking they're a 'platform company.'

    That's nice and all, but it's not the only way. I sure hope this is a sign to come. I'd like to see Microsoft succeed and I think it will happen like becoming the dominant software provider on OTHER platforms. They've been allergic to that in the past because they wanted to protect Windows, but those days are over. I'd love to see them branch out more.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Jan 21, 2008
    new york
    Trojan horse :D

    Get iOS users to start liking Microsoft again

    Launch Windows 8 with tablet form factors and xbox live integrated
    Free Office Suite
    Just like Windows Phone 7
    Critically acclaimed

    Wean iOS users off apple and into Microsoft ecosystem
  14. macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    I hope they release Age of Empires series also! :)
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    It is possible Microsoft decided if they can't beat iOS to make a many apps fro it as they can and possibly win some customers back. I think it is a smart move and the development of the Kinect and releasing the SDK for it is even smarter.
  16. macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    It could look like a strategic move, but then again why would you switch from iOS to Windows Phone if they offer the same apps on both. Yes, they could make you "like" Microsoft again but that's not enough to switch your whole ecosystem if there is no true reason of switching.

    It would make more sense to keep the Windows Phone games exclusive and come up while lots of mobile versions of Xbox games, like Halo, Gears of War, Forza, Fable etc. that could compensate by their quality for the small number of games/apps on Windows Phone compared to iOS and Android. That could make a gamer choose a Windows Phone, especially with Xbox Live integration.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    It's likely an acknowledgement that many XBox gamers are also iOS users. Microsoft could either ignore them or embrace them. XBox tie-ins are a way to do the latter.
  18. macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2010
    I think any company would still be happy with a fairly simple port making 30mill. Bet this cost them about 100K max to make -

    With this and the xbox companion app on iOS, this is more of a driver to XBox thatn
  19. macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there
    That would be so sweet to have it on the iPad .... used to be one of my favorite games and I wasted endless nights playing it. My son recently discovered my old DVD with Age of Empires III and now he is addicted to it ... Would be cool to play it against each other on the iPads.
  20. macrumors 6502


    Jan 21, 2008
    new york
  21. macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2010
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    Columbus, OH USA
    They also released "My XBOX Live" recently which while giving Xbox users a way to view their Xbox Live Profile, gives you a taste of their "Metro" interface, which I have to admit is kinda nice looking at least.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2008
    Microsoft will probably make more money from the release of this game on iOS than they ever did from the Zune.
  24. macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State
    Me too. But I'm also hoping (probably fruitlessly) that maybe this will get them making games for Mac again (or at least a game, MS Flight Sim. It's the one reason I went to a PC for a while but now I'm back. Of course the mac I have is totally not suited for that kind of game so I'd probably fire up my PC anyways. But be nice to have my Mac do everything).


    I wish I could up vote this more. I do like some of their software (not all, but Excel and Flight sim for sure and I begrudgingly use Word though honestly, I'm really starting to think I could probably get away with some other text editor that isn't so damn quirky and really the only thing I need compatibiity for is resumes which I could just use PDF format which will definitely keep the formatting amongst different computers). I certainly wouldn't object to buying MS software, I just prefer Apple's OS over their's.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007

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