A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Disneyland Adventures isn't just a virtual walkthrough of the famous theme park; players can interact with many of the famous characters from the attractions and movies under the Disney and Pixar banner. There's some fantasy violence in the game, such as sword fighting with pirates or blasting weapons with Toy Story characters. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.
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What's it about?
In DISNEYLAND ADVENTURES, you can experience "The Happiest Place on Earth" from the comfort of your family room. You'll walk around an accurately modeled Disneyland park -- all 85 acres, in fact -- as well as interact with Disney characters (with authentic voices) and engage in games based on attractions and Disney flicks. When you walk up to one of the 40-odd Disney characters -- such as Snow White, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, or Donald Duck -- you can give them a hug, request a photo, or have them sign your autograph book. Each character will have a unique move or two, too, such as a dance, high-five, and so on. All eight areas of Disneyland are modeled in the game, as well as Main Street, shops, and the castle itself (yes, even with fireworks). You can collect coins and Disney-themed items (such as Mickey ears or a sweatshirt), have a friend or sibling walk the park beside you in co-op play, and watch parades march by. Wave a magic wand at objects in the world and they'll come alive -- be it a vintage car that starts and honks or a Dumbo-shaped bush that will raise its trunk and roar. Depending on the game you're playing, you can expect sword fights and virtual roller coasters, as well as racing, platforming, and puzzle game elements, too.
Is it any good?
This free-roaming experience mixed with 100+ quests tied to Disneyland attractions and films is fun, so kids will love the magic of a re-created Disneyland they can play on their TV. The characters look, act and sound like their real-life counterparts (or animated movie characters they're based on), and there are 18 iconic attractions to explore. It should be noted that there are also some virtual rides, including experiences tied to movies like Alice in Wonderland, Finding Nemo, and Peter Pan, as well as in-game attractions based on real-life rides including It's A Small World, the Haunted Mansion, and Splash Mountain.
While there's limited replayability in this game, there's the ability to collect Disney-themed items, rewards, and Xbox Achievements as you make your way through the park to discover locations and game experiences you might not be aware of at first glance. And using the controller is certainly more comfortable than the finicky Kinect controls in the Xbox 360 version from six years ago. If you've got a family member or friend beside you, there's also the split-screen cooperative play, which is great for young kids to explore the park together. It's drop-in, drop-out, too, so players can come and go. There isn't much to complain about with this remake, other than some long load times and occasional technical glitches, so fans of Disney parks and flicks will no doubt find this game a great casual title -- especially for younger players.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about marketing to kids. Is this game a shameless marketing blitz from Disneyland -- to get kids (and kids at heart) excited about Disneyland the theme park or Disney's many movies -- or will this game fulfill a desire for fans to virtually explore the park and interact with beloved characters?
Talk about amusement parks. What is so appealing about amusement parks? Is it the rides, the characters, the food, or the performances spread across large areas?
- Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $29.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Microsoft Game Studios
- Release date: November 12, 2017
- Genre: Simulation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Fairy Tales, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Pirates, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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