A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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