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POSTED 26/8/13


DISNEY INFINITY

Disney Interactive



2013. Time for the Mickey...

While few would have thought that even pop culture sponges such as us would be riffing on Guru Josh some 20 years later, nobody would ever have questioned that anything Disney blurted out would live on. It’s this incredible longevity that’s key to this combination toy range/game.

Taking several cues from Skylanders, a starter kit nets you a game disc, a plug-in bab- erm, base, a disc thingy, an iceberg-like thingy and three characters. But these aren’t obscure dragonistic things, these are Disney (and by default now, Pixar) characters. Disney wins.

Here we score Monsters University’s Sulley, The Incredibles’ Mr Incredible and Captain Jack from Billy Joel. Erm, sorry, the Pirates of the Caribbean ‘quadrilogy’-that-will-eventually-be-a-‘sextrilogy’. Each has an associated ‘play set’ (read ‘game’) – your typical movie tie-in 3D platformer - that offers around five hours of play, or more if you dawdle or get collectible obsessive. They’re fun enough, with some neat touches, but controls could be tighter and gameplay more balanced – especially for kids.

But wait, there’s more! A massive ‘Toy Box’ is arguably DI’s greatest feature, whereby you can use all the stuff you’ve unlocked in the play sets (and more) to create your own games. The depth here is deep indeed, and we’re going to see some serious shi- oops, Disney... umm, ‘stuff’ once people get a handle on it (and Disney’s ‘curators’ let them loose).

The figures are gorgeous, and naturally a myriad more are sold separately – and, also naturally, they’re bloody expensive and, and, naturally, naturally, many more are planned. Then there are extra play sets like Cars and – oops - The Lone Ranger. That sound? Our purse groaning...

An idea as grand as Disney’s history, Disney Infinity is a solid, content-packed start. With a bit of tweaky lovin’ it could be as truly amazing as the legacy it plunders.

It needs more Donald, for starters...

take me back to the start...

 



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