Disney Infinity: Toy Story in Space

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Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Sci-fi-themed adventure more about exploration than combat.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about puzzle-solving, express their creativity, and cooperate with others in this sci-fi sandbox game with a build-your-own-world component. The play set forces kids to explore and experiment, solving little logic-based contextual puzzles to progress. The Toy Box mode, meanwhile, has kids designing their own worlds and games that they can share -- and explore -- with friends. It can be a bit daunting to start, but Disney Infinity's Toy Box mode is a great outlet for creativity.

Positive Messages

Toy Box mode allows kids to explore their creativity by constructing and customizing their own worlds, character designs, and even simple games. However, the imaginative play is counteracted by a consumerism vibe and some cartoonish violence. That said, the Toy Story in Space play set is focused much more on exploration and building than on combat.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Buzz, Jessie, and Woody are all clearly good guys, as are pals like Rex, Ham, and the green aliens. They generally try to help folks by building things for them or by taking characters who've hurt themselves to the hospital, and they spend a lot of time working on building up their star base and solving puzzles. However, they do seem to enjoy getting into scuffles in the combat simulator.

Ease of Play

There's no losing in the main story mode. If you fall off a cliff, your character simply respawns, with no progress lost. However, the fighting, racing, and platforming challenges, wherein players face time limits and finite lives, can be tougher and force players to restart.

Violence

Most of the game is exploration, but there's a series of short combat-simulation missions in which players can fight the robot emperor Zurg and his robot army. Players do this by throwing balls at first, then by blasting them with a laser gun from a third-person perspective and ramming them with a shoulder. All characters are presented as toys, so they don't die when defeated but instead break into parts and disappear. It's highly cartoonish, without blood or gore. 

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Consumerism

This game is a tie-in to Disney's popular Toy Story franchise. There is only one extra Toy Story toy -- Woody -- tied to this play set, but there are dozens of additional toys available for the base Disney Infinity game and other play sets. Kids and parents could spent hundreds of dollars on additional toys and software to expand the Disney Infinity experience. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know Disney Infinity: Toy Story in Space is an action/adventure game that incorporates real toys. It's a $35 play set that functions as an add-on to Disney Infinity -- the $75 base game -- which is required to play. Plus, there's an extra figurine, Woody, that players can buy separately for $13 to further enhance the Toy Story in Space experience. That's in addition to dozens of other figures and play sets; it's a very high-cost gaming experience. Price aside, the action in this play set involves creativity; kids can create their own worlds in Toy Box mode as well as experience plenty of exploration, building, and puzzle-solving in Game mode. Keep in mind, though, that a series of side quests that take place in a combat simulator includes third-person shooting with a laser gun. The violence is only directed at robot toys, but the mechanics are the same as those of any third-person shooter.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byABCand123 September 29, 2014

What's it about?

The first post-launch play set for Disney Infinity, DISNEY INFINITY: TOY STORY IN SPACE adds perhaps five or six hours of fresh play via a sci-fi-themed story mode that shares the same sandbox design found in the rest of the game. Your goal is to explore a strange planet and set up a new base by constructing platforms and calling in building teams to install structures like a hospital and a combat simulator. The planet slowly opens up to further exploration as you earn new tools -- like a jet pack and a boost pack (good for great leaps) -- leading to new running and jumping challenges as well as contextual puzzles involving various types of goo that can shrink or grow your character. As kids play, they'll also unlock scores of new items for Disney Infinity's free-form sandbox mode.

Is it any good?

Toy Story in Space is perhaps the best of all the play sets yet released for Disney Infinity. The activities in the story mode are quite compelling, and the ways in which new paths in the world gradually open feels both natural and exciting. Building and organizing a star base from scratch on platforms you've constructed yourself is rewarding, and the new toys and tools -- especially the jet pack -- are nice additions.

Just as important is the quality of the acting. The story is pretty by-the-numbers, but several actors from the films are here to give voice to characters, including Ham and Rex, elevating the presentation just enough to make players laugh aloud at some of the lines -- especially those spoken by the franchise's always-funny, three-eyed, single-antenna aliens. And with only one extra character -- Woody -- to buy in addition to the play set's Buzz and Jessie, this add-on probably won't break the bank. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in games. Have you ever played a game with shooting in it before? How did aiming at and blasting robots make you feel? 

  • Families also can discuss consumerism. Do you think you'll need to buy the Woody figurine for this play set to feel like you've completed it? Is that sense of satisfaction worth $13? What if you needed to purchase three figures to do everything in the game? Or five?

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