Android Gets First Game From Microsoft: Kinectimals

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One of the earliest Xbox 360 Kinect games that we ever got to see was Kinectimals. It's an adorable little game where kids can play with their own virtual monster cats like tigers and lions. The game must have been successful as Microsoft ported it to Windows Phone and iOS.

In the spirit of supporting all platforms with their games, Microsoft has decided to release the mobile version of Kinectimals on Android. This marks Microsoft's first game for the Google-created operating system. The software publisher only yesterday published My Xbox Live on Android.

For those who aren't familiar with the mobile version of Kinectimals, it's essentially the same as the console version. Players will take care of and raise a savage jungle cat of their choice in a pristine environment. The player will then be tasked to feed the animal and keep it happy. It's like Tamagotchi, but with terrible English wordplay instead of terrible Japanese wordplay.

If you, or your child, own Kinectimals on the Xbox 360, the mobile version has a few treats for you. You can use the app to unlock five new animals in the console version. This is the downloadable content of the future, folks - buy a game twice to unlock features between the two.

Android Police points out that the release of Kinectimals on Android might be more than just the software publisher hoping to wring out a few more sales from one of its franchises. It could be Microsoft extending the hearty handshake of peace so that Google will put more of their apps on Windows Phone. Even though Microsoft has Bing for everything Google, I'm sure Microsoft would appreciate support from the biggest search engine on the planet.

If you wish to download Kinectimals for Android, it's over on Google Play. It's only $2.99 so it costs about the same as a Tamagotchi from 1996. As an added bonus: Kinectimals won't wake you up at 3 a.m. complaining about being hungry therefore conditioning you to never want children.

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