Disney Infinity: The Lone Ranger
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Disney Infinity: The Lone Ranger is a $35 expansion to the base Disney Infinity game, which is required to play. It's a toy-based game and comes with two characters that can be transported into the game via a portal. There are no additional figures for this play set, but kids are encouraged to buy other play sets -- along with their associated characters and power discs -- to extend the Disney Infinity experience. Note, too, that the action in this play set focuses on violence more than most others. The player's characters, Tonto and the Lone Ranger, throw axes and shoot pistols using traditional third-person mechanics to defeat toy enemies who break apart and disappear once defeated.
What kids can learn
- making new creations
- producing new content
- meeting challenges together
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Intuitive controls and engaging open-world play in the story mode ought to grab most kids. However, the nonscripted -- though very imaginative -- Toy Box mode may prove a bit intimidating to some.
Sandbox-style play encourages kids to experiment and try new things, helping them to learn by trial and error. They'll also get to create, cooperate, and share with friends, building social skills along the way.
In-game tutorials cover the basics, but kids likely will need to rely on tips from friends or hop online to see what others are doing to really start exploiting the Toy Box mode.
What's it about?
The second of two add-on play sets made available at launch for Disney Infinity, DISNEY INFINITY: THE LONE RANGER is a Wild West-themed expansion that comes with two characters: the Lone Ranger and Tonto. These are the only two figures that work with this play set, so it shouldn't prove terribly expensive for families. The action focuses on the protagonists' fight against the Cavendish gang that is terrorizing a small frontier town. Players will spend a lot of time fighting off the gang using pistols and tomahawks. But there are plenty of other challenges, too, including shooting targets around town, blowing up dynamite bombs, and customizing a train with various cars for its runs. Like other Disney Infinity play sets, this one opens a wealth of new content for the sandbox Toy Box mode, including new characters, horses, and buildings.
Is it any good?
The Disney Infinity: The Lone Ranger play set provides plenty of new activities. Horseback riding plays a huge role, with players galloping quickly between distant locations. There's also a train that perpetually circles a slowly evolving track. It can be customized according to mission needs, with users adding water cars to irrigate ranches or gun cars to blow up targets. Players also spend a lot of time on foot, protecting and building up the town, scaling and exploring cliffs, getting into gunfights with the Cavendish gang, and looking for countless collectibles hidden around corners.
Just keep in mind this Disney Infinity play set is more combat-oriented than others. There are lots of fights, and even noncombat tasks -- such as breaking targets around town and in the mountains and flicking track switches -- require use of the heroes' pistols or axes. Families looking for play sets with less fighting and more exploration and puzzle solving would be better served looking at Disney Infinity: Toy Story in Space.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the impact of violence in games. Does the third-person shooting in this game feel more intense than the action of other Disney Infinity play sets you've tried? How do you think this might affect your behavior outside the game after playing?
Families also can discuss consumerism. This play set doesn't support any additional figures, but others do. Would additional collectible characters make this play set better? Or, having played this part of the game with only two characters, do you think that the extra characters for other play sets are unnecessary?