Disney Infinity is an action adventure video game, developed by Avalanche Software and published by Disney Studios, released in August of 2013. Seemingly like a mash up of Activision’s Skylanders and Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts, the game appeals to a younger audience right from the get go with the ability to play as a wide variety of Disney Characters as players are able to sculpt their own world in which their characters can live and play. The game was released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. There is also a PC version of Toy Box which was released on November 14, 2014. The starter pack can cost anywhere between $25 and $65 depending on the desired console, with additional figures costing $15 a pop. The starter pack contains three different figures; Sully, Captain Jack Sparrow and Mr. Incredible.
But what makes this different from any other Disney game out there?
Within the game, there are two different playable modes; Play Set Mode and Toy Box Mode.
In Play Set mode, players are able to use the Disney figures (playset piece) on the infinity base to access a character specific adventure from many different popular Disney stories such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters University, Cars, The Incredibles, Toy Story and many others. Completely playing through the campaign unlocks special objects that they player can play with in Toy Box mode.
In Toy Box mode, players are able to create their own world and stories in an open world arena, mixing and matching with anything and everything they have unlocked throughout the play set mode adventures such as characters, weapons and gadgets, There are various playable “adventures” in this mode, which help teach the player how to navigate through the mode. Players can also earn spins, which can be used to unlock additional items in the Toy Box. In this mode, the player can use online multiplayer, in which they can play around with items that only their friend has during that time.
There is also a portable version of Toy Box mode which is available to download for free on iPad.
The second version of the game: Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (also known as Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition) was released on September 23, 2014 which features characters from the Marvel Comics universe, the starter pack includes Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow. Again depending on the console, the starter pack can cost anywhere between $70 and $75. This is available on iOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Microsoft Windows, box 360 and Xbox One, with a slated release in 2017 on the PlayStation Vita.
The games in the Infinity series have been very well received by gamers and critics alike, receiving a metacritic score of 75 for the PlayStation 3 version of Disney Infinity. One critic from Digital Chumps said “There are endless amounts of hours waiting for kids in Disney Infinity’s worlds. If kids want to build worlds, boom. If kids want to play adventures, boom. If kids want to spend time with each other and share Toy Box creations, boom. There’s so much in one package that younger gamers will absolutely have a blast with it. It literally has everything for them and it’s a worry-free environment to play in. What more could you ask for as a parent from a single game?”
It also received a score of 74 for the Xbox One version of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. A critic from The Escapist said “As a children’s game, Disney Infinity 2.0 definitely delivers an adorable casual game experience. But as a game solely for grown-ups, it’s a little lackluster due to repetition and lack of online play in the current Play Sets available for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes.”
The wide range of things to do in this game make it incredibly appealing to the newer generation of gamers, full of imagination and charm, Disney Infinity really brings your toys to life. It is full of creativity and variety; above all, it is a game that just wants to make you smile. And it constantly succeeds at this. This is an ideal game for all kids and maybe some adults. It is what it claims to be – Infinite, like the confines of a child’s imagination. One thing is for sure, great things are expected to come from this game in the future.