Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do

Step Right Up To Your TV For A Fun-Filled Carnival Experience!

What It Is

What is there not to love about a carnival? The sights, the sounds, the smells...well, maybe not all the smells, and I suppose some of the sights are better left unseen. But the noises are fun, aren’t they? This might be a good time to come clean and confess that I have never been to a carnival. I based all my carny conversations (There have been several.) on what I learned of carnivals from Charlotte’s Web, which is why I am so excited about this new Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do, for providing me with that trip to the carnival that I’ve never taken.

Monkey See, Monkey Do is a virtual smorgasbord of carnival fun with 20 games based on popular (and imaginary) carnival games, attractions and rides. All of the games are played using the Kinect for Xbox motion-capture/sensor system so you really feel like you are throwing darts at balloons or trying to knock over milk jugs with a softball.

Why It’s Fun

There is a wide variety of games with some that are really easy and others that are fairly challenging. However, they are all fun. The games are short so no one has to wait too long until for his or her turn again, but waiting can be just as fun as playing because many of the games require the player to make a fool of themselves (in good fun, of course), which is always fun to watch. In the Pig Race players ride pigs around a race track but since there is no controller other than your body, you have to slap your own butt to make the pig move. Another hysterical game to watch someone else play is the dance-off competition with the monkey, in which you both dance to the song Cotton Eye Joe, and you have to match the monkey’s poses.

Monkey See, Monkey Do also has classic carnival games like the ring toss, skee ball, a dunk tank and a strength test, where you hit the target with a hammer and if you hit it with enough strength it will cause a thing to ring a bell. The Kinect does a great job of having you recreate the exact actions that you would use if you were really playing one of these games at a carnival.

Who’s Going To Love It

I like reviewing games on Time To Play that are fun for adults AND kids to play. I really like it when a game comes along that both groups will love and the too-cool-to-be-bothered tweens and teens will see how much fun their parents and little siblings are having and will want to check it out also. Monkey See, Monkey Do is one of those games. Kids will love it and adults will have just as much fun playing this one on their own after the kids go to bed.

What To Be Aware Of

You use your Xbox avatar as your in-game avatar and earn tickets by playing games. Those tickets can then be spent on pets and costumes for your avatar, which will stay with you in the game.

You must have an Xbox 360 AND the Kinect motion capture thingy to play this game. I still get asked frequently about Kinect and what is it so here is a brief answer. Kinect is the new game accessory for Xbox 360. It is an add-on device that allows you to interact with Xbox using your body as the controller.


You can play this game over and over without getting bored. There are 20 games on the disc, many of which have multiple rounds which equals a lot of unique content. Most players will also find several favorite games that they return to over and over for fun or competition with another player.

Additional games will become available for download at some point in the near future.

Fun Scale

4 out of 5

It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!

Video Game Information

Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do
Publisher: 2K Play
Rated: Everyone

System: Xbox 360 with Kinect
Genre: Mini-Games
Players: 1 - 2

SRP: $49.99
Launch Date: April, 2011
Date of Review: April 20, 2011

*Rating determined by the ESRB


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