Toy Story 3

Common Sense Media says

Phenomenal game with action too intense for younger kids.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

As in the Toy Story films, the main messages here are about friendship, cameraderie, cooperation, and helping out folks in need.

Positive role models

Woody, Buzz, and Jessie -- the three main protagonists -- are paragons of friendship, always ready to help one another out, always wanting everybody they care about to be safe and happy. Woody has a moment of selfishness, but overcomes it by the end.

Ease of play

There is so much to do here that it's actually difficult to rate the overall ease of play. Some missions are simple enough for almost anyone to handle with ease. Others require the hands (or fingers) of a more experienced, skilled gamer. The game does try to level the playing field for newbies, though, sometimes adjusting its difficulty on the fly. For instance, on one particularly difficult jumping sequence, if you fail three or four times, the game will say, "Having trouble? Try it now." and actually provide you with extra platforms to land on, making the jumps much easier.


There is a lot of cartoony fighting in the Toy Story 3, including multiple instances in which laser guns (or similar fantasy weapons) are used. Some sequences are rife with earth-shaking explosions. Old West bandits fire pistols into the air (never at anybody). Players will destroy robots with blasters, shatter wind-up gargoyles with lightning bolts, fire cannons at flying plush toys, and hurl plastic balls at just about everybody. Players can also shoulder bump, drop-kick, or pick and and throw random toy characters whenever they want. In the Buzz Lightyear video game (within the game), Buzz can be blown to pieces (and immediately regenerated). All of this is mitigated by the characters being toys.

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No bad language, but it's possible in one scene to make Stinky Pete the prospector live up to his name with a whoopie-cushion-esque sound.


Obviously, this game is tied in to the Toy Story 3 feature film -- which is a heavily merchandized movies.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the Toy Story 3 video game will certainly appeal to younger kids that fall outside the age recommendation of the ESRB's E10+ rating. Whether or not younger kids can handle the laser fire, explosions, and drop-kicks they'll find in the game is questionable. There's nothing too graphic here, but the action can be loud and frenetic, there are several spooky parts involving a haunted mansion, and seeing Buzz Lightyear get his head blown off -- even if he is a toy, and even if it's only for a nanosecond -- could certainly scare little kids. It's important to know what you're kids would be experiencing before you decide to let them play.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Rather than simply rehash the plot of the movie TOY STORY 3, the video game of the same name offers an entire open world for players to explore, interact with, and customize. Several game levels are based on scenes from the film, but even those (found in the game's \"Story Mode\") are often non-linear in design, offering for loads of exploration in completely interactive environments. They might send you on scavenger hunts, races, or puzzling quests set in film scenes. They game's main draw is the Toy Box mode, which allows free roaming -- as Buzz, Woody, or Jessie -- in a Wild West town (and later, a haunted mansion, space port, and fantasy land), where players can pick up diverse quests from Toy Story characters, customize the town's citizens and buildings in any number of wacky accoutrements, and earn money to buy more toys and games to interact and play with. It's a living world filled with constant action that can draw your attention in a different direction at any moment. The PS3 version will allow you to play as villain, Zurg, as well.

Is it any good?


Toy Story 3 is astonishingly good, and undoubtedly one of the best movie-based games ever. The open world Toy Box mode can be a completley different experience for everybody who plays, and offers so much to do and see that kids can expect to be entertained for a good, long while. The story scenes that retell the plot of the film are crafted in a spectacular, non-linear fashion that reward roaming and exploration almost as much as the Toy Box mode. And, wow, is that Toy Box mode good. It contains a seemingly endless list of missions that will have you scaling mountains, tossing bandits in jail, driving a stunt track, costuming a mariachi band, or performing any number of other crazy tasks. The amount of variety is simply stunning; Toy Story 3 features enough game styles to fill a full library -- racing, platform jumping, first-person shooting, third-person shooting, character customization, world building, puzzles, stealth, strategy, and on and on. All that, and the game looks and sounds terrific, with many of the original actors providing voices for the game. This is an absolute winner.

Families can talk about...

  • Toy Story 3 is a video game that features some ties to the movie it is named after, but which mostly offers you new and original adventures featuring the movie's characters. Does playing the game make you want to see the movie?

  • Families can talk about the violence in Toy Story 3. Do the explosions and laser beams scare kids at all? Or can they write it off, since the action takes place among characters who are supposed to be toys? Should a game based on a kids' movie be less violent by nature? Or do we need to accept cartoon violence as an inherent part of a kid's action game?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Windows, Mac
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:June 14, 2010
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief (Mac, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 17 year old Written byJesusrulz666 July 26, 2010

GTA: Toys

Well the controls can set you off once in a while, other than that its GTA: Toys
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byMillyMolly October 14, 2010
Very fun! I only played this for a while with my uncle and we both enjoyed it, it was actually quite challeging some levels, but you rather play a game were you have to struggle than a game thats really easy. I love the movies and I love the game! 2 thumbs up! :D
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written byPatster94 July 21, 2010

A real gem!

My 7-year-old and 5-year old LOVE this game and can't get enough of it. They play it separately together enjoy helping each other in both the one-player and two-player mode. I dislike that they are encouraged to kick toys in the Toy Box mode, but we discussed it, and that action has not manifested itself in their real playroom. I love watching them play it, and the mini-movies are highly amusing for all ages!
What other families should know
Too much violence


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