Toy Story Mania

 
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Great shooting-gallery game with beloved movie emcees.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Each shooting gallery has a different control scheme: You poke the screen to toss darts, you pull back on a slingshot to launch balls, you swipe to toss rings, etc. Some require a bit more skill than others, but none are very difficult.

Violence & scariness

Toy Story Mania is a target-shooting game, but the targets are all inanimate objects: balloons, plates,  bullseye targets, etc. And there are no guns involved: You toss darts, throw balls, toss rings, shoot plungers, etc.

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Consumerism

This game is based -- very literally -- on a ride at Walt Disney World in Florida. It is also, of course, tied in to the Toy Story movie franchise.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Toy Story Mania is a shooting gallery game (with no real violence) based upon not only the Toy Story films, but on a Toy Story shooting-gallery-esque ride at Walt Disney World.  It copies the ride well enough for a four year-old to see the app and comment, "Hey, we did that as Disney World." In addition, parents should know that if you download the free Toy Story 3 app, you can connect it to your Toy Story Mania app and then play this game through the central hub of the Toy Story 3 app. Before you do so, you should read our review of that other app.

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QUALITY
 

TOY STORY MANIA is a visually beautiful app with nicely laid-out -- and varied -- controls for each of its several in-game "game booths." You're forced to start off at easy levels, opening up more difficult ones with each success. This might frustrate older, more experienced gamers, but is a great strategy for easing young kids into the game. Depending on your score, you'll also win a certain number of coins, which can then be used to buy bonuses at the prize booth -- bonuses which you can use to assist you on more difficult levels. In the end, this would be a well-crafted and incredibly fun game app with or without the beloved Toy Story characters..

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$4.99
Release date:June 17, 2010
Category:Arcade Games
Publisher:Disney
Version:1.1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 2.0 or later

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck July 25, 2010
 

Wonderful shooting gallary is fine for kids who love Toy Story

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