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Disney Infinity game review



They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. A few years ago, Skylanders — with its adventure game and action figures — came out of nowhere to become a big best-seller. Now Skylanders has a challenger called Disney Infinity.

DISNEY INFINITY
(Disney Interactive for PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, 3DS, PC; Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older)
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Gameplay: 8.9
Graphics: 8.7
Music: 7.5
Replay Value: 9.4
Overall Score: 9.0

Pros: Toy Box is brilliant; so much to do; amazing beginning.

Cons: No online play; some frame-rate drops; adventure mode needs work.

SUPER-COOL FACTOR

Disney Infinity is somewhat different from Skylanders because of its fascinating Toy Box mode. You can buy various Playsets, each with three characters. These let you enter adventure worlds based on certain Disney movies.

So how about the action figures? The first thing I noticed with Infinity figures is that they don’t seem quite as detailed, colorful or elaborate as the Skylanders figures. In one case, the silver paint from Mike’s retainer splashed onto his teeth. That shouldn’t happen: This is Disney, after all.

Then again, playing as Captain Jack Sparrow or Mike or one of the Incredibles superheroes has its own kind of super-cool factor.

Here’s why: You already know these movie characters. You’ve thought about them. You’ve probably even made up your own stories in your head about them. They are super-cool before you take them out of the box.

So, once you get them inside the game via a Base that plugs into your console, how great is the experience? Does the Disney and Pixar sense of wonder translate to adventures that are interactive on disk?

THE BEGINNING’S AMAZING

Yes and no. The game’s beginning is probably the most awesome kids’ game introduction that I’ve ever seen. Instead of a cut scene that tells a generic story, this really sparks the imagination. And boom, boom, boom! It even got my heart beating in anticipation.

infinity-1At first, you see a bright white spark on the screen. It’s the spark of imagination and creativity. As you move the spark around, pine trees and flowers grow. Waterfalls appear. You meet Mickey, and then your spark becomes a human made of many sparks.

You rush through a sparklingly curious Disney world where you briefly meet Jack Skellington. Soon you enter the desert world of Toy Story, the campus of Monsters University and the world of The Incredibles (defeat monsters!). Then, you meet Jack Sparrow (get shot through a cannon!).

All the while, you’re learning a bit of the game. But it’s intuitive and exciting, not like a boring school class. Take the time to look around in these areas instead of just following the characters. The environments are intensely beautiful. There’s no other way to describe it; this intro is utterly masterful, a real step forward in videogames.

BUT WAIT: THE ADVENTURE STUTTERS

infinity-2I put the Captain Jack Sparrow figure on the Base and entered his world of scurvy pirates and cannonball mayhem. I noticed that the adventure game portions of Disney Infinity are good. But they don’t break the mold like the game’s opening does.

After an hour, I had enjoyed the game play and leveled up a few times. During missions, I found lots of pieces of clothing, parts of characters and even parts of a ship. I discovered areas to zip-line across, and these were fun, if not stimulating. But they reminded me of another game series, Sly Cooper.

I released a prisoner during my time in this pirate world, but he didn’t seem happy enough to be freed from a dungeon high atop Buccaneer Bay. Even after downloading  an update, I noticed some frame-rate issues and camera-angle problems. The adventure portion, while full of things to do, clearly needs more exhilarating thrills. Tightening the game design and programming would help, too.

INSIDE THE TOY BOX

infinity-3But the biggest deal with Infinity is the Toy Box mode. Introduced in a smaller way in Disney’s landmark Toy Story 3 game, the Toy Box lets you do an infinite number of cool things. In fact, it almost reminds me a bit of Minecraft — Disney style. (Soon, there will be an app that will let you edit your world anywhere via your iPad.)

In the Toy Box, you can build your own version of all things Disney. When I entered, right away I got six spins for toys that let me accumulate Muppet characters to populate my world. Then I got ramps that would help if I wanted to build a race track. I also chose a giant waterfall. Immediately, I put up about five of them my world. I just love water features.

infinity-4I christened the world “Owl Land” since I admire these birds of prey more than any other. Hopefully, I’ll find some owls in the Toy Box, too.

Once you’re done with your world (this will take some time), you can’t upload it online for others to check out. Too bad! But you can download some Disney-created worlds.

A VERY WORTHY COMPETITOR

I’ve only begun to explore the vastness that is Disney Infinity. I still have to check out the others worlds more fully, like Monsters U and Incredibles. I also have a three-figure villain pack, which will add some mild evil to the experience. And I can’t wait for some Nightmare Before Christmas characters.

While the adventure portion will need a fair amount of polish in future editions, the Toy Box nearly makes up for the various adventures’ lack of passion and emotion. But all told, Infinity is a very worthy competitor to Skylanders.

Let the battle begin!

Comments about “Disney Infinity game review”

  1. Qman says:

    Go skylanders!

  2. Random Gamer says:

    I love Disney Infinety. I got it for WII. I am having trouble with the Kraken in the Pirates of the Carribbean part. Can someone PLEASE help me????

  3. Birthday Boy says:

    I might be getting the game soon.

  4. :P says:

    I got it for the wii and…ehhhh. It’s okay. It’s got some glitches though.

  5. CenaRules77 says:

    Skylanders Easy!Disney Infinity Cool!

  6. Double HH says:

    awesome !

  7. online rebel says:

    nice game

  8. Qman says:

    I prefer skylanders

  9. mr incredible says:

    Awesome game!!!Fantastic.I love it.Supercool!. Skylanders is lame and boring game.

  10. zninja99 says:

    iv playd it like a BOSS.

  11. Billybobjoe says:

    It’s like Minecraft & skylanders put together with the toybox. I think its cool.

  12. face says:

    I am getting it soon

  13. mario fan says:

    skyladders is better but this has a toybox and yes they should have a review of pikmin 3 my sister won 2 and I watched her so I can tell you anything

  14. income64 says:

    I voted for a hole week

  15. Income 64 says:

    who won?

  16. Skythekid says:

    This game looks awesome. I was in the contest, but did not win. Congrats though to the kid that did win the contest. I bet this game will eventually beat Skylanders.

  17. linkster says:

    when will they announce the winner for the contest on wii U disney infinity and gamepad bundle?

  18. perry says:

    i reely want this game becaus it has no rules and you can be creative. you get to play in there worlds and you have a toy box.

  19. jack says:

    can i have it please i am only 4

  20. the dash says:

    i want to get a wii u before i get it but if i win the contest i can get them both for free!!!!!!!

  21. Wedfig says:

    I got the game the week it came out and got Dash and Randell. I also got the official guide. Oh, and you can play online. You get codes from each charecter, set, and starter pack. You use them to play as that charecter in there world. The toy box is hard! I can barely place the object I’m trieing to place on the ground! Jeez, why can’t they make the controls easyer! Oh, just a tip. Do not get it on 3DS! It’s $75 like the others, but it’s like Mario Party with terrible mini games!

    • Reviewer101 says:

      Shes right guys. Its like Sonic Colors. The Wii’s Awesome ranking: 1,000,000%! 3DS’s Awesome Ranking: 1%. Also like Minecraft. X-Box: Awesome!!! P.E.: Blech! Computer: Awesome!!!

  22. krazykaplan says:

    I am gunna get it today its supposed to be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • the dash says:

      hey does anyone know if you can play as jack sparrow in the incredible’s realm ?

      • Chan Man says:

        Hi Dash, I have the game, and no, you cant be sparrow in the incredibles. to go into story mode you have to have that character. For example, if you want to play in the monsters university mode, then you have to be mike, sulley, or randy.

        Bye

  23. Lightning says:

    As soon as it came out I’ve always wanted it, so i keep my fingers crossed that i get it.

  24. zager7 says:

    love cant wait to get it skylanders normal and giants are lame compared to this

  25. dhz1 says:

    I like it so much want it right now I hope I win

  26. Nut job says:

    bubba is right skylanders is better but this game is rad ive played it and i want my own copy

  27. Jimbob says:

    If I win the wii u bundle pack (with disney infinity) that would be cool!!!

  28. seany says:

    this is the best thing ever I hope I win the wii u

  29. challenger says:

    i think it sounds very cool,can’t wait 2 get it.(even though disney don’t need no more money) but i think skylanders is better.

  30. Rock Star 627 says:

    In my opinion, this game is overpriced and figures are $13 each. I’ve seen commercials about it and it looks terrific, but price should definitely be lowered.

  31. skylanders 153 says:

    skylanders is way better than this!

  32. Daniel says:

    Now I really want to win

  33. mr incredible says:

    I want it so bad

  34. gfnvdxfbgc says:

    I totally want to get that game.

  35. the BOSS says:

    I CAN’T WAIT IT LOOKS BOSS IT’S $75

  36. dodo bird says:

    I hope I win the contest where you have to find pee wee every day.

  37. Perryfan1 says:

    I need this

  38. ShrewManChew says:

    I like that it isn’t just for the wiiu but it is also for the wii

  39. coolcut says:

    I love it

  40. ROY says:

    Hm I wonder if the guy will review a fire embem games andi like this 1

  41. the BOSS says:

    i have played it for wii u it’s like BOSS

  42. bubba says:

    Skylanders is better!

  43. jemandme says:

    i cant wait!!!!!!

  44. trajing says:

    Quite interesting. I will have to show my parents this.

  45. Mr.JAMsquared says:

    can you do a review of Pikmin 3?

  46. Mr.JAMsquared says:

    I like the review a lot

  47. nintenfreak says:

    this made me want disney infinity

  48. video game man says:

    This would be a very fun game for me if it did not freeze all the time. It only does it on ps3 version. I hope I get it with the wii u!!!!

  49. Toadyboy99 says:

    I can’t wait to get it!

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