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Video GameChild of Eden Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 12 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.


Child of Eden is a dance and motion game that uses the Xbox Kinect camera. You use your body to shoot and move. Rather than fruit, however, here it’s beautiful firework-style visuals and music that are the challenge.

It's similar to an older PlayStation game called Rez, known for its psychedelic rhythm gameplay experience. Flying through space, you shoot various objects that come onto the screen, which each make musical effects as they explode.

Using Kinect players can aim using their hands and clap to change weapons, though traditional controllers can also be used. You can use additional controllers to provide external vibration and during the gameplay adjusts the music to the actions and movements of the players. On PlayStation, you can choose to use the motion-sensitive Move controllers for a similar experience.

Similar to a collection of music albums, the game features 5 levels, called Archives, each with a different visual theme. These are; Matrix, Evolution, Beauty, Passion, and Journey. Each Archive is replayable, changing each time depending on the player's performance and style of play in the previous run.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/06/2011, updated in 2011

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Mizuguchitter (@Mizuguchitter)




Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 7+ with violence.


Child of Eden usually costs £11.99.

Child of Eden

XBox Store Xbox One £11.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our Child of Eden Accessibility Report documents 14 accessibility features:
Once you have beaten the game in normal mode, you can play the levels again in hard mode, which increases the number of enemies and the overall level of challenge. There is also a mode called Feel Eden, which makes it impossible to lose the level, but it also means you don't get any points.

In controller mode, you can choose between four different button mappings in the settings menu. You can switch between using the controller and motion controls (Playstation Move on PS3 and Kinect of Xbox 360) with a single button. On some of the levels, it can be very easy for your sphere you control to get lost in the background, and the glow that indicates you're targeting something can be very faint and hard to spot as well.

While the soundtrack certainly enhances the experience, all the information you need to play is conveyed to you visually, so you don't need the sound to play.

While most of the text used throughout is large and high contrast, there are some areas where it is hard to read, either due to font, size, or lack of contrast.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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