Shooting. Swimming. Skiing. Even real-life surgery. Xbox 360 Kinect has given us the ability to perform a host of actions in the space of a year, and now THQ is adding meditation to the list.
Deepak Chopra’s Leela is a relaxation product for Kinect and Wii that lets users see and measure their breathing patterns in real-time, perform gestures to relax certain parts of their body and find their ‘flow state’.
Players can create and customise their own unique ‘mandalas’, which THQ describes as ‘beautiful artwork that expresses an individual’s unique essence’. These can then be shared on Facebook.
It’s clear that this isn’t your average video game. Nor does it attempt to be. Leela is for the casual console owner who is looking for a more tranquil fitness-style product.
Endorsed by renowned medical expert Deepak Chopra himself, the title has been inspired by the ancient system of ‘chakras’ – which are apparently the body’s seven energy centres through which life force flows. Translated into English, this means the game is filled with yoga-inspired activities.
Players can take part in a variety of breathing exercises along to mood-enhancing melodies to help them relax.
In a sea of action-packed shooters and RPGs, Leela is a welcome title that presents fitness fans and casual gamers with a different proposition this Christmas.