Developer: Avalanche Studios
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, PC
This has got to be the greatest merchandising move that Disney have pulled off in quite some time. Creating a video-game version of all of their loved (and in some cases, not as loved) characters, and allowing you to play as them within their own worlds, it sounds like a dream come true for kids of all ages. But be warned, if you want to get the most out of what Disney Infinity has to offer, you better be ready to spend A LOT of money.
The Starter Park includes the Infinity Base, onto which you place on of your three figurines – Mr. Incredible, Jack Sparrow, and Sully from Monster's University – and depending on which character you decide to play as, you will be transported to a highly stylised version of either a city-wide beat ‘em up, an action-adventure on the high seas, or a stealth game set on a rival college's campus. Each of the three games consists of some very basic platforming and fighting, but they differ in the missions and mini-games they all have. The main storyline of each game isn't very long (maybe 3-4 hours), but there are tonnes of collectibles and side quests to complete.
On top of that, there is also a Toy Box mode which allows you to create your own levels and fill them with the collectibles that you retrieved in the main game, and these levels can then be shared online, as you too can play in levels other people have created. Again, it's all quite basic, and aimed at a young audience, as while seeing some of your favorite faces pop up will bring a smile to your face, adults may get quickly bored at the ease the game can be completed.
Now, about that money issue: the Starter Park is selling for about €75, and if you want any additional characters and worlds to play with (at the moment there is Cars, Wreck It Ralph, The Lone Ranger and Toy Story all available or due for release quite soon), it will set you back between €15 and €45. Looking forward, Disney can continue to plunder its own back catalogue, not to mention Pixar, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and everything from Marvel, so this game could potentially be continually bringing out new material for years to come.
Rent Or Buy: Buy
Presentation: 4 out of 5
Gameplay: 3 out of 5
Replay: 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5