In recent years Disney has done a great job at acquiring enough different properties to really appeal to almost everyone. Star Wars obviously has a massive, rabid fan following, as too does the Marvel universe and much of Pixar’s output. What Disney have done rather cleverly with their Infinity series is combine all of these franchises into a package that has something for everyone.
For those unaware, Infinity is a toys-to-life game in which physical real world toys can be used to activate their virtual counterparts in game. For example the starter pack comes with Anakin Skywalker, start the game and then put him on the portal and he appears in game, take him off the portal and he disappears.
Infinity also has two basic modes, the Toybox, in which you can create worlds using the entire Disney library, and the Playset specific games which play like a usual action adventure game but are limited to use by the characters associated with that universe.
The Toybox mode is a little daunting at first but once you have played through the tutorials it becomes a lot clearer and user friendly and gives the player scope to create a massive array of scenarios and worlds. While the player is not as free to do whatever they choose as say a game like Minecraft, the tools available in this mode are a bit more intuitive and it is much more likely you will create an enjoyable level!
The gameplay in the universe specific Playsets is much improved over previous versions and has a good deal more depth and nuance. This may sound un-child friendly but the game can be played simply or in a more complex manner which means that if say a parent was playing this game with their child they could both get something out of it.
As you have come to expect from a Disney game the visual style of the different universes are bang on and transport the player into those worlds.
A remarkably charming and interesting game with obvious (slightly gross) hooks to encourage children to ask their parents for more of the figurines, well worth a look if you can resist your child’s demands for more toys.
PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Dev: Avalanche Software
Pub: Disney Interactive Studios
Starter Pack is £74.99 with base, game and 2no figurines.
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