Kinect Party launching Dec. 18 on Xbox Live Arcade, available free until 2013

Kinect Party, Double Fine Productions' follow-up to Double Fine Happy Action Theater, will launch on Xbox Live Arcade next Tuesday, Dec. 18, and will be available free through the end of the year, Microsoft's Major Nelson announced today.

According to a representative for Double Fine, Kinect Party will cost 800 Microsoft Points ($10) once 2013 begins; that download will include the 18 activities that were available in Happy Action Theater. Those who already own Happy Action Theater will only have to pay 400 Microsoft Points ($5) to download Kinect Party. Double Fine will also be selling individual activities for 80 Microsoft Points ($1) each.

Formerly known as Double Fine Happy Action TV, the Kinect-exclusive party game lets people of all ages flail around in front of their TVs and make cool stuff happen on the screen. Kinect Party includes 18 digital playgrounds featuring elements such as dubstep and Minecraft, and supports up to six players. Users will also be able to take stills of the fun, enhance them and share them with friends.

Watch a trailer for the game below, and check out screenshots of the two games' 36 total activities above.

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