With characters from
the original two Disney movies and inspirations taken from the
real-life 4D Toy Story Mania ride at the Disneyland, Wii gamers can
now experience this attraction with a variety of mini-games using
the cordless controllers of this console.
Developed by Disney
Studios Interactive, the game even supports 3D glasses to assist in
immersing the gamer into this carnival atmosphere. Add in the
memorable characters from the movies that includes Woody, Buzz, Bo
Peep, Rex and those classic Army Men and fans of the CGI movies may
finally get their treat.
So what exactly is
Toy Story Mania!? Apart from being based on the Disneyland
attraction of the same name, it's basically a shooting game that
replicates those classic shooting galleries of the carnivals. It's
highly reminiscent of those single screen shooting games of
yesteryear, whereby players must use the controllers to shoot a
variety of targets with Toy Story inspired backdrops and characters
making an appearance.
The various carnival
games do mimic the real-world activities quite well such as the
player throwing pies at targets who happen to be held by Buzz and
Woody or even those classic balloon games that is usually run by the
one eye carnie. Add in a shooting range and even that tacky fish
game where you need to collect plastic fish, it ironically works
with the wireless controller and best of all as this game does not
use MotionPlus, the accuracy mimics these rigged real-world games
quite well. Of course, this is where the game begins to fall over
from its inconsistent control system. Never the less, there are a
total of around 25 mini-games in Toy Story Mania!
gameplay works on some higher level, it does become a little boring
as you progress because the games are rather quite unimaginative.
The developers have given the player some incentive through the use
of tickets that are won by completing the games and these can be
used to purchased additional mini-games. And yes, the game is aimed
The game even
contains a story mode based straight out of Andy's bedroom and by
playing this, it allows you unlock the games in free play mode which
does help as a party game. One issue we did notice is that we could
not find a way to restart the mini-games which means you have to
bomb out to restart, very frustrating indeed.
Graphically, the game looks quite good that is oozing with Toy Story
references and stars from Woody to Buzz and the entire gang. The
animation is rather decent and mimics the carnival atmosphere quite
well. Unfortunately the graphics glitch at times which interferes
with the gameplay, especially the targeting of certain games.
It should also be
noted that the title does use 3D glasses for certain games and
depending your eyes and TV setup, this may work for you.
Interestingly enough, it worked for me but not my partner. Very
Fortunately when it
comes to sound bites, they do mimic their movie counterparts well
and the game does feature those great "clank" noises and there is
even a little bit of background ambience. There's some great
one-liners in the game too which did bring a few smiles to our
Disney have a fantastic franchise and it's a shame that they drop
the ball every now and then and unfortunately Toy Story Mania!
is one of those moments. The gameplay works at times, however it
does become quite repetitive and of course there are some
graphically issues with the game which does hamper the title. We
know it's aimed at children but even kids need to have their games
thoroughly tested by the quality assurance team. Consider the end of
the rollercoaster ride.