Step in front of Kinect to play. A good playing distance is 1.5-2.5m (5-8ft). Another player may take control by standing in front of Kinect. To change to a different account, return to the menu and select your gamertag.

Adjust Kinect so that you fit inside the view, from your feet to above your head.

Using Menus

Raise your hand to use menus.

To select a button, hold the cursor over it for a second.

You can also use a controller to navigate menus.

You control two paddles with your hands. Your objective is to clear each level of cubes.

Start by reaching up with your hand. A ball will drop down. You can use either hand, and you can even reach up at different places to drop the ball exactly where you want it!

To launch the ball, hit it with a paddle. Push forward to launch the ball straight ahead, or swing sideways or upwards to aim the ball.

Your goal is to clear out all of the cubes in each level by hitting them with a ball, or using any other means of destroying them. After launching the ball, keep it in play by hitting it with a paddle as it comes back to you (the ball gets a green glow when it's a good time to hit it).

If you miss, you will lose a ball. After losing 5 balls, the level ends and you'll have to try again.

Remember to aim carefully! If you want the ball to bounce straight ahead, keep the paddle still. To guide the ball towards a certain direction, swing your hand as you hit the ball. Big swings work better than short movements.

At times Boom Time will trigger, and normal balls are replaced with fireballs.
Fireballs can be aimed just like normal balls, but they'll seek out cubes in the general direction of your hit, and will explode on contact! Remember, to aim straight ahead, slowly move a paddle behind the ball, then push forward sharply.

You can play for as long as you like, but beating the silver or gold time of a level will award you with a medal.
To play together with a friend or family member, switch to Two-Player Mode from the main menu. When more than one person is in Kinect view, the one who's highlighted in orange has control of the menus.

During gameplay, both players should stand side by side, about 3ft (1m) apart. Before starting a level, ensure that both players are visible in Kinect view. If you're close to the edge, step backwards.

The rules of the game are the same in two-player mode, except that whoever reaches up first gets to throw the first ball.

See if you can earn the achievment Left, Right, Left, Right! Both players must hit the ball in turn: first the left player, then the right player, and so on, ten times total.
The game is divided into 5 areas: Tropical Paradise, Snowy Mountain, Crystal Caves, Cloud City and Space. In the beginning, only Tropical Paradise is available. To unlock more areas, you must complete all levels in the previous area. You can play levels inside an area in any order, but each one must be completed at least once to progress to the next area.

Playing well gives you stars . The following actions will award you one star each:
  • Completing a level
  • Beating the silver time
  • Beating the gold time
  • Not losing any balls

Can you become a true master of balls and beat the gold time on every level?
Regular Cube
Hit once to break.

Cube with a Face
Cute. No other special properties.

Explosive Cube
Blows up nearby cubes.

Special Cube
Break a special cube to reveal a bonus pickup!

Stone Cube
Hit twice to break. Heavy ball and big ball will break it in one hit!

Steel Cube
Can't be broken.

Generator Cube
Creates more cubes unless you destroy it! Target these first!

Special cube
Break a special cube to reveal a bonus pickup!

Multiball Bonus
Picking this up will create more balls! You don't have to keep them all in play, it's enough to have one ball left.

Big Ball Bonus
The big ball will smash multiple cubes in one hit, and will also destroy stone cubes in one hit.

Heavy Ball Bonus
The heavy ball will smash through many cubes instead of bouncing back, and will destroy stone cubes in one hit. Use it to get rid of big walls in one go!