Toy Story Mania



Woody and Buzz host zany arcade shooting gallery minigames.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The toys are just trying to have fun, and want to create a carnival that you will enjoy. While the game is competitive because it keeps score, you can opt to have that score only appear occasionally.

Positive role models

Woody, Buzz, and the gang are supportive of each other and good role models about how to compete while having fun.

Ease of play

With the Wii, you play by pointing the Wii Remote at the screen, lining up the target, and pressing the "A" button to shoot. But occasionally your onscreen target disappears. The overall navigation of the game is confusing, particularly the Free Play Mode.

Violence & scariness

This is a compilation of arcade-type games, many involve shooting galleries. But you are simply shooting at inanimate targets (cardboard cutouts) or else shooting rings at characters like the three-headed aliens who simply rocket out of the scene when they are encircled. You will use darts, eggs, pies, and more to hit your targets.

Not applicable

This game is based on a Disney theme park attraction of the same name, and coincides with the re-release of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in theatres.

Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this minigame collection is primarily a bunch of carnival-inspired shooting galleries where kids aim at bull-eyes or paper cutouts. While shooting is the primary play mechanic, no one is ever hurt. This is a game about target practice, not inflicting violence. The game is particularly fun to play with two kids together, but can accommodate up to 4 with kids having to take turns.

What's it about?

Woody, Buzz, Hamm, Bo Peep and the rest of the toys that live in Andy's room are back in TOY STORY MANIA, a compilation of over 25 minigames exclusively on the Wii. While Andy is away, the toys decide to construct their own carnival midway filled with 10 different shooting galleries, and a variety of other classic games including pinball, Pong, and a variation of the shell game (just this time it is candy hiding in tea cups that rotate quickly). Kids play the minigames to earn tickets which can be used to unlock more games, including 5 that are in 3D (you must put on the filmsy 3D cardboard glasses that are included in the game's packaging), as well as stickers and other goodies.

Is it any good?


Toy Story Mania is a solid addition to the minigames genre and like most in this field, is best if played with others. While these minigames can be played with up to four kids, it is better with only two since only two can play at a time. The shooting galleries create fast-paced action as cardboard cutouts and balloons whiz over the screen. The games have multiple objectives, which means that it is fun to play them repeatedly to see if you can better your score and find all the quirky things to shoot.

But the overall structure of the game is a little hard to navigate. Initially, you must unlock the games by playing through the Story Mode – but there is no story here. There are minimum objectives that must be met before you can move on to the next game, so kids may have to repeat some of the games. When you earn enough tickets, you can purchase all of the games to play in Free Play Mode. But the Free Play Mode is somewhat confusing to figure out because each of the unlocked games is represented by a hard-to-use stamp. Complaints aside, this is a fun game for two boys (ages 6 to 11) to explore together, but it isn't a go-to game like Mario Kart Wii.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Disney released this game. It is based on the attraction of the same name at the Disney theme parks. Is this a way for Disney to drum up interest in this old license?

  • How important to your enjoyment was the presence of the Toy Story characters in the minigames? Would you have enjoyed the games equally as much if the characters hadn't been present? Did you select the minigames that featured your favorite character?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii
Price:$29.99 (Wii), $39.99 (X360, PS3)
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:September 15, 2009
ESRB rating:E for (no descriptors) (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 12 years old June 11, 2011

If you wanna have some fun, just come along w/ me, & we'll play this game!!!

Hi, it's Jessie Rocks here, with a review of Toy Story Mania. This game is FUN, FUN, FUN!!! I think this is a really good game. Btw, the whole "consumerism" thing is not exactly an issue with me (unless you count the "she's an avid, obsessive nerd, so she's going to play this stuff" factor and count THAT as ACTUAL consumerism. *eyeroll*). Anyone who thinks that "violence" is an issue is someone I would call...WRONG!!! There's no ACTUAL violence, just shooting stuff such as eggs and plunger darts at a bunch of cardboard cutouts that are really pixelated images of cardboard cutouts. As for the positive messages, they ROCK, b/c the toys are trying to have a little fun, and to do so, they've created a carnival so that EVERYONE can enjoy it. Great role models. I will list examples below. Here u go: 1. Jessie's a strong female character. In fact, that's what started Disney's strong female thing up. 2. Again, toys just wanna have fun! 3. They are all-inclusive. 4. Throughout the game, they encourage you. For example, Jessie tells you stuff like, "You sure are handy with that plunger shooter!" and, "Look! You won a silver star!".
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 8 years old September 18, 2010
I may be scared of the ride (because of the freaky-acting robot, i dont say the usual name anymore cause it scares me), but this probably is the perfect game for the Wii. However, the toys do not say please when they ask you to play. I find this easy to play, i say now please give me the video game.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 7, 11, 11, and 13 year old Written byHiway202 on Clu... May 30, 2010
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models


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