To infinity and beyond! That is
certainly what Disney done with their latest video game,
Disney Infinity that although reminiscent of Skylanders,
definitely takes this idea to a totally new level. Not only does it
manage to capture the characters, stories and environments of many
Disney franchises but it also delivers a strong gaming engine that can
actually be played by both children and adults alike.
Similar to Skylanders, Disney Infinity is available as a Starter
Pack that comes with the game plus three figures that include Mr.
Incredible (The Incredibles), Sully (Monsters Inc.) plus
Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean) and their power discs.
Additional Disney characters can be purchased that give the player
access to different abilities and even stories.
Disney Infinity Starter Pack includes:
Disney Infinity Video game
Disney Infinity Base
Disney Infinity Figures: - Mr. Incredible, Jack Sparrow and Sulley.
Disney Infinity Play sets: - Monsters University, Pirates of the
Caribbean and The Incredibles.
Your first Disney Infinity Power Disc
Unique web codes to unlock content online
gameplay of Disney Infinity is reminiscent of Toy Story 3 in that
the game is an open world environment that you could almost consider it
Disney's version of Grand Theft Auto light. However at its core,
Disney Infinity is an action adventure based in a third person view with
a whole wealth of Disney characters that require the player to complete
missions, solve puzzles and of course engage in combat.
combat, the game is very kid friendly from not just the control system
but the relatively short and sweet battles that you have which keeps the
violence quite cartoonish. You can even drive vehicles around too that
really enhances the gameplay. Disney Infinity also offers players two
gameplay modes that include Toy Box (create your own worlds) or Play
Sets (story based campaigns based on the various characters of Disney
Infinity). Both modes are a treat to play!
Infinity is divided into various play sets such as Monsters
University or The Incredibles which dictates the themes,
characters and stories from these franchises. For example, in The
Incredibles, players battle it out with Syndrome, their arch-nemesis as
Metrocity is in danger from this super villain. The Incredibles play set
is quite reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto and inFamous in relation to the
open world game mechanics.
is even an EXP system used to help unlock additional bonuses for your
characters. Whereas Monsters Inc revolves around Monster's University
where the gang gets mixed up in all sorts of University antics and
mayhem plus a healthy dose of Tom Clancy-like stealth mechanics. The
goal here is to beat their rival university, Fear Tech.
However where the game shines in this mode is via the Pirates of the
Caribbean play set that is totally different than the two aforementioned
sets. Unlike the large city of The Incredibles or the various pranks and
scares of Monster University, Pirates of the Caribbean allows you to
sail the seven seas for swashbuckling action that not only allows for
battles against other ships but battles that take place on the ships
themselves. Nothing is more fun than controlling Jack Sparrow and his
gang in this truly enjoyable play set that was definitely the highlight
of the game for me. Each of the various play sets in this game will take
most players around 4 to 5 hours to complete and probably more if you're
trying to find all the hidden toy pieces and attempt to complete all
But apart from the play sets, players have access to the Toy Box
which merges all these gaming elements of these titles into one big toy
box. It's basically Minecraft meets Little Big Planet and
from here, you can explore strange castles, fight enemies, race cars and
perform a variety of other entertaining objectives that is great for
building tools that come with the Toy Box are quite easy to use and is
only limited by the players own imagination. Whether you want to make a
Disney maze filled with pirates or some strange Incredibles racing game,
there is no limit to what you can make. There's definitely hours upon
hours of enjoyment to be found here, especially if you have an
imagination that goes a little wild at times. Toy box offers up to two
players locally or up to four players online and your masterpieces can
be shared with the greater community. There are some amazing toy boxes
out there at the moment that would have taken people quite a while to
put together. Another fun element of the Toy Box is the Hall of Heroes
which highlights your current abilities of your characters and the
better they become, the better their statues look.
The only slight drawback to this game and I mean slight, is the reliance
on Disney commercialism. Unfortunately if you purchase just the Starter
Pack, there are parts of the game which cannot be completed without
purchasing additional play sets. The game can still be finished but you
just miss out on certain areas and storylines plus of course the very
cool characters themselves. Even so, boys have been collecting action
figures since Star Wars, way back in 1977 and the toys that come with
Disney Infinity look amazing. Given that, while you are playing, certain
elements of the game will be locked off from the player and in order to
rectify this, a purchase must be made. This also creates another slight
problem that you need two characters from the same universe to interact
in their respective play sets.
Graphically, Disney Infinity looks identical to the various films from
these colourful franchises and whether it's the world of Monster's Inc
or Pirates of the Caribbean, each character looks like their movie
counterpart, even Jack Sparrow for that matter... just a little more
cartoonish. The worlds where you play are also quite detailed with some
gorgeous lighting and special effects thrown into the mix. The voice
acting is spot on and many actors have reprised their Disney roles for
this game and this really goes hand in hand with the gameplay. The
soundtracks are equally as enjoyable and help relive key Disney moments.
Infinity successfully takes the Skylanders premise to a whole new level
and seriously improves the gameplay. More importantly, players can
actually relate better to the characters due to the big name Disney
names that grace this title. Right from the get go, players will find
themselves entertained but just be warned that if you're a collector,
this game may get expensive. Recommended!