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Disney Infinity
Developed by: Avalanche Software
Published by: Disney Interactive
Namco Bandai Games (Japan)[1]
Microsoft Studios (Xbox 360, Windows)
Platforms: PC (Downloadable Toy Box), Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, iPad (Downloadable Toy Box)
Release date: August 18, 2013 (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, 3DS)
November 14, 2013 (PC)
September 18, 2013 (iPad)
DISNEY INFINITY Official Announcement Trailer(02:54)
U.S. Official Trailer
Disney Infinity -- Official Trailer(03:05)
U.K. Official Trailer
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Closing Video from Press Event
Disney INFINITY is a video game from Disney Interactive Studios that was released on August 18, 2013.[2][3][4] Similar to the Skylanders series, the video game uses collectible figurines that are then synthesized within the game, allowing characters from both Disney and Pixar properties to interact witin the world, complete levels and create worlds. There were rumors of discussions to use characters from other properties owned by Disney such as the Marvel Universe and Star Wars,[5] who are reported to be in development.[6][7]

The game was released for Wii, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS. A portable Toy Box was also released exclusively for the iPad, along with another app for mobile devices called Disney Infinity: Action!, where you can edit the characters into your own personal videos. A version of the Toy Box is also available for the Microsoft Windows personal computer. The PC and iPad versions of the Toy Box utilize the web codes included with each Disney Infinity character.

It was released on August 20 overseas, and August 23 in the United Kingdom.[4]

Gameplay

The game has the player place their Disney Infinity Figures onto the circular spots of the Disney Infinity Base to jump into the game and come alive in a fully animated interactive world. With the exception of non-humanoid characters such as those from the Cars series, each character has a double jump and a default set of attacks, as well as an ability unique to each figure. For example, Sulley can roar to scare others whilst Violet and Randall can turn invisible. There are two main modes in the game: Play Set and Toy Box.[8]

Play Set Mode has Disney Infinity play sets of films which are accessed via placing the relevant play set piece onto the hexagonal spot of the Infinity Base. The player takes control of characters and plays as them in original adventures in different worlds. In these worlds, the player battles enemies, solves puzzles, overcomes obstacles and completes a variety of other unique quests. Each play set is essentially a self-contained world, based on a specific movie or series with recognizable characters, gameplays and storylines. Characters from one world cannot enter into another world, but players can put any character together in Toy Box Mode. Playing through the play sets unlocks objects and vehicles that can be used in the Toy Box Mode.

Toy Box Mode allows the player to create their own world and stories, similar to Toy Box Mode in Toy Story 3: The Video Game. It also allows the player to mix and match everything that is unlocked within the play sets including characters, weapons and gadgets. There are various "adventures" in this mode, which help teach the player how to use the mode's tools. Players can also earn "spins", which can be used to unlock additional items in the Toy Box, by playing through play sets as well as the "adventures" for the first time, or leveling up their characters.

The game has a two-player mode, and four players can play online. This also enables players online to play around with items that only the other player has, albeit only during that session. The player can also add new Disney Infinity Play sets and Figures, or take their Disney Infinity experience to a whole new level with Disney Infinity Power Discs - an all new way to unlock character powers, fun gadgets and new ways to customise their world.

Other versions

The following versions differ from the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC versions of the game.

Wii version

Due to the space limitations of the Wii platform, some design decisions had to be made in the game. The gameplay does not have online play or multiplayer in Play Sets, but there is multiplayer in Toy Box.[9] That means: smaller play set worlds, no downloadable or shareable toy box worlds. Toy Box version has only 6 different Toy Box Worlds, each with different toys and tools.[10]

Nintendo 3DS version

Different from the console and PC versions, the Nintendo 3DS version of the game is a party game, in which up to four players play on various themed game boards and participate in various minigames. The Toy Box mode can be used to create new game boards. This version uses its own Infinity Base, which has only one character slot compared to the console version, and connects to the 3DS wirelessly.[11]

Xbox One, PlayStation 4 potential

Avalanche Software states Disney Infinity toys will be supported on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, and future next generation versions of Disney Infinity will likely result in a game that will be "way more beautiful," offer "a whole lot more" content, "or both."[12] Disney Interactive Studios has not confirmed development, and no release date(s) have been set for potential Xbox One and/or PS4 versions.

Pixar Characters

This is a list of Pixar characters who appear in the game, according to the trailer, videos, concept art and accessories.[13][14]

The Incredibles

Brave

Monsters, Inc./Monsters University

Toy Story

Cars

Power Discs

Power Discs can be bought in blind bags for $5.99. A random one is available in the Starter Pack.

There are two types of power discs: circular and hexagonal. Circular power discs are placed under a character to enable the effect it has. Hexagonal power discs can be placed in the hexagonal slot on the base, where a play set piece would be, to enable that effect to your character. Hexagonal power discs are only available for use in the Toy Box.

Reception

Disney Infinity received mostly positive reviews from critics. It received a 74 and 75 out of 100 on review aggregrator site Metacritic, for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 respectively.[15][16]

The sandbox mode, namely the Toy Box Mode, received much praise. Steven O'Donnell of Good Game: Spawn Point stated that "it's a bit like Minecraft in that you're dropped into an open world that you can then build some pretty spectacular structures in."[17] Kevin VanOrd of GameSpot called the Toy Box "a gleefully entertaining shared space," and greatly preferred it over the story mode.[18]

The figurines of the playable characters received mixed to positive reactions. Daniel Krupa of IGN said that they're "well-made statues," and that "each one really captures the personality of that character with a charismatic stance."[19] The soundtrack and dialogue of Disney Infinity also received mixed reactions. Andrew Reiner of Game Informer said that "characters repeat dialogue way too often," and that the soundtrack is "often surprisingly absent."[19] Andy Robertson of Forbes stated that his children loved playing the figurines, both in the game and as toys.[20]

The overall price of the game and all of the toys received media coverage. Jeff Cork of Game Informer said that to purchase all items at the launch (the game, all launch toys and power discs) it costs a minimum of AUD$460.[21] Kevin VanOrd of GameSpot called Disney Infinity "a platform designed to keep you spending money."[18] Nick Cowen of The Guardian warned parents to "get ready with those wallets."[22]

In September 2013, Disney revealed that the game had sold 294,000 copies in the United States during its first two weeks on sale.[23]

On October 18, 2013, Disney Interactive announced that the game had sold more than a million copies worldwide. With more figures not yet released, Disney hopes the number of units sold will continue to grow.[24] As of January 20, 2014, three million starter packs have been sold.[25]

Trivia

  • Luxo Ball can be seen at the end of the trailer, being held by Jack Sparrow. Another can be seen in a concept art. Also, the Ball is a projectile and various other uses in Toy Box, just like in Toy Story 3: The Video Game. Also, there is a mega version of the Ball in Disney Infinity.
  • Some of the international trailers contain a few alternate shots from the game.
  • The song playing in the trailer is Nero's Me and You.
  • The face statues in the fish tank from Finding Nemo also appear, along with Carl Fredricksen's cane from Up. Carl's cane is a Power Disc, along with Power Discs that customize the terrain and sky after Finding Nemo. Carl's house also appears.
  • Syndrome appears in the game, which is strange since he got killed at the end of The Incredibles.
  • The Pizza Planet Truck can be unlocked by a Power Disc.
  • WALL•E's Fire Extinguisher is an item in Toy Box, as an upcoming Power Disc. Also, there are upcoming Power Discs that customize the terrain and sky after the Earth Wastelands.
  • Certain music from the films also play. These include Jessie's in Trouble and Zurg's Planet by Randy Newman from Toy Story 2, Saving Metroville by Michael Giacchino from The Incredibles, Wow by Thomas Newman from Finding Nemo, and WALL•E by Thomas Newman from WALL•E.[26][27]
  • Toys "R" Us has started selling Power Disc exclusives, starting with Mike's New Car from the short. Toys "R" Us also started selling crystal figures, including a crystal figure of McQueen. Crystal figures of Sulley and Mr. Incredible were released in Canada on October 11, with Sulley available in the United States two days later. A Race to Space pack with Crystal Lightning McQueen and Crystal Buzz Lightyear were available on November 1, with two exclusive round Power Discs called Emperor Zurg's Wrath and C.H.R.O.M.E. Damage Increaser. However, the Mike's New Car Power Disc was also released in other stores in the second series of Power Discs. Also, the crystal figures were released a few months later worldwide. In the UK, different crystal figures were released in different stores, like Sulley at Tesco, Mr. Incredible at Asda and Lightning McQueen at Toys "R" Us.
  • Although Raoul ÇaRoule and Max Schnell appear on pictures in Ramone's House of Body Art, they so far do not make a physical appearance in the game.
  • Although Lizzie, Sarge and Sheriff so far do not appear in the game, they are mentioned various times. Sarge was mentioned by Finn that he agreed to let Finn run Sarge's Surplus Hut while he is on vacation. Flo mentions that the hut needs to be built since Sarge and Sheriff are on vacation, as well as mentioning Lizzie as to find some of her license plates that are scattered around.
  • Some of the vintage posters for Cars 2 appear in Luigi's Casa Della Tires, although not in the Toy Box.
  • Although Tony Rydinger so far does not appear in the game, he was mentioned by Violet wondering what he was doing, and Dash singing K-I-S-S-I-N-G about Violet and Tony. Also, Jack-Jack Parr was mentioned by Mr. Incredible, who hopes that he will handle well with his babysitter. He was also mentioned by Mrs. Incredible, who also mentions Kari McKeen in different lines, wondering if she is handling Jack-Jack.
  • The Battle Races, turbo boost packs, and some music and sound effects from Cars 2: The Video Game are reused in the game.
  • Andy Davis is mentioned in the game.

Gallery

Videos

External Links

References

  1. Namco Bandai And Disney Are Buddies In Japan
  2. Disney launches Infinity video game that costs more than an iPad Mini
  3. Disney Announces New Gaming Universe Disney Infinity
  4. 4.0 4.1 Disney Infinity Delayed Until August
  5. Disney Infinity developer says Star Wars, Marvel characters under discussion, but not decided
  6. Disney's Interactive-Media Unit to Lay Off Several Hundred People
  7. Star Wars and Marvel Characters Reportedly Coming to Disney Infinity
  8. Disney Infinity preview: Skylanders challenger not the usual toy story
  9. Disney Infinity - Game Profile (Wii™)
  10. Disney Infinity - Hints: Toy Box Mode (Wii™)
  11. If You Like Disappointment, You'll Love Disney Infinity 3DS
  12. 'Disney Infinity' toys, reader to work "for years to come"
  13. Disney Infinity Revealed—Features Wreck-It Ralph, Jack Skellington, Davy Jones, and More!
  14. Exclusive Disney Infinity Wave 1 Hands-On
  15. Disney Infinity for Xbox 360 Reviews
  16. Disney Infinity for PlayStation 3 Reviews
  17. Good Game Spawn Point - Disney Infinity
  18. 18.0 18.1 Disney Infinity Review
  19. 19.0 19.1 Disney Infinity Review
  20. Disney Infinity Review: Show Time
  21. "Dragon vs. Mouse" Cork, Jeff Game Informer, 24 August 2013
  22. Disney Infinity – review
  23. Disney Infinity sells 294,000 copies in US
  24. Disney Infinity’ Reaches 1 Million Global Sales Milestone
  25. Disney Infinity sells 3 million starter packs
  26. 'Disney Infinity' Game to Feature 16 Songs From Movies, TV Shows, Theme Parks (Exclusive)
  27. ‘Disney Infinity’ to Feature Music by Daft Punk, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino and More
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