Disney Infinity: Toy Story in Space
What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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?
|Platforms:||Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360|
|Subjects:||Hobbies: building, collecting|
|Skills:||Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork |
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
|Available online?||Not available online|
|Release date:||October 22, 2013|
|Topics:||Space and aliens|
|ESRB rating:||E10+ for Cartoon Violence |