Disney Infinity: Star Wars Starter Pack (3.0 Edition)

Game review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Third take on creative/adventure title shines bright.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to solve problems and try out solutions. They also can use the Creativi-Toys in Toy Box mode to learn basic programming skills as they design their own worlds and games. The Toy Box can be used by players as a means of creative self-expression. As kids play throughout the experience, they can earn in-game currency and use it to buy new "toys" for the Toy Box. This can encourage them to think about budgeting and working toward goals. Disney Infinity: Star Wars Starter Pack (3.0 Edition) attempts to challenge a player's problem-solving and creativity skills with a game set in a galaxy far, far away.

Positive Messages

Toy Box mode all about unleashing creativity, exploration. Play Set includes a lot of fighting, but players cast in role of heroes fighting for peace, justice. Many missions involve helping characters find missing items, make deliveries, and the like.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Primary characters are smart, kind, helpful, and supportive, work closely together as a team. Some major villains appear as opponents.

Ease of Play

Simple play controls, but building controls can be tricky. Lots of tutorials for play elements; capability for more complex fighting, building.

Violence

Cartoon violence with wide range of weaponry; no blood. Robotic characters blow apart when defeated, sometimes in slow motion. Humanoid characters dissolve when defeated.

Sex

Some female characters have low-cut tops (minimal actual cleavage), tight-fitting clothing, all in cartoon form.

Language

Trash talking, including words such as "jerk."

Consumerism

Based on range of popular Disney-owned franchises. References in game to other characters, game discs, Play Sets, Toy Box games available for purchase. Many items require additional toy purchases to unlock.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney Infinity: Star Wars Starter Pack (3.0 edition) is the latest in the Disney Infinity series of creative and adventure gaming. Kids who enjoy adventure gaming will want this starter set, but a less expensive Toy Box-only option is available for kids who just want to build. The Star Wars Starter pack includes Ahsoka and Anakin Skywalker, but parents should expect pressure to buy additional characters and game discs to expand play. Other Play Sets are available to add on to this main set. Some in-game achievements and unlockables require not only additional purchases, but other pricey Disney related activities like taking a Disney Cruise. Play controls are easy to use, but building controls can be a bit more difficult, potentially frustrating younger players. Violence is cartoonish, with players using a lot of weapons to defeat enemies. Robotic enemies blow apart when defeated, while humans dissolve and disappear, without any blood shown. Some female characters wear tight-fitting uniforms.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant and 7 year old Written bybeckik December 6, 2015

Great game with lots to do!

This game is a great introduction to video games. In the toy box mode kids can run around and collect sparks, here they learn how to move and jump and how to co... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byslackjon001 April 14, 2017

One of the worst games ever made

What was Disney thinking!? This game may look cool because it has Star Wars characters like darth Vader. but confusing game has crapy anamation, and the charact... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMgrocks142 June 29, 2016

Awesome game

Disney infinity 3.0 to me is the best because I really like the Star Wars idea. Sometimes my friends will come over and they will play the game! The building i... Continue reading

What's it about?

The DISNEY INFINITY: STAR WARS STARTER PACK (3.0 EDITION) has two basic parts: the Play Set and Toy Box mode. The included Play Set brings kids into the Star Wars Clone Wars universe, where they will travel among four planets (Genosis, Coruscant, Naboo, and Tatooine), fighting off enemies in the skies and on land. They also can help citizens with missions, take part in Jedi training, Pod race, collect new ships, seek out treasure, or just tackle some Disney Infinity-style challenges. The pack comes with Ahsoka and Anakin Skywalker, but the story includes Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi, who are available for separate purchase. Kids also can unlock the ability to play with a range of other characters, who are available for purchase separately. The Toy Box has a new Hub with many characters on hand to guide you as you learn to fight, drive, build, and explore. A new arcade allows for multiplayer network Toy Box gameplay, and a theater works as an easy spot to download other players' Toy Box creations. Sidekicks play a larger role, and they now farm to grow their own food, which can be used to upgrade their stats. Finally, the INside (sort of a virtual customizable dollhouse) has been upgraded with Sidekick-specific rooms and a series of Disney trivia questions to test your fan status. Correct answers unlock new items for your Toy Box.

Is it any good?

With Round 3, developers listened to feedback and stepped up their game to design this multifaceted gem. The franchise was always intended to mimic the play patterns of kids in the real world but has always fallen short in one way or another. In the Disney Infinity: Star Wars Starter Pack (3.0 edition), we get a beautiful and engaging Play Set with a dizzying amount of things to do and see, four planets (and star systems) to explore and defend, and the feeling that we aren't trapped in a linear experience. On the other side, the Toy Box has exploded with a Hub that includes tutorials for almost anything you could want to do, new templates to make building your own games simple, enhanced sidekick action, and a slew of new smart toys that will kick up the heat in game design.

The Skill Tree has been further enhanced to make fighting much more skill-based for those who crave that (it's still possible for younger/less experienced players to mash their way through, especially with a difficulty level option). Sure, the split-screen multiplayer action is still a bit of a pain (can we get a merged screen when we're standing side by side?), and there's an occasional glitch here and there, but the rest is pure magic. Between replayable missions, hours upon hours of Toy Box Hub content, and the ability to set your imagination free building your own Toy Boxes with new toys, there's plenty of value. This is finally the Disney Infinity we were promised in the beginning.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about good vs. evil. Are there examples in real life of people who are all good or all evil? If you were able to influence people in the Separatist movement in Star Wars, how would you have them define themselves?

  • Discuss game building. What kind of game can you build? What should the environment look like? What is the story? What are the goals? Is there a time limit?

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