Everyone likes animated movies, don’t they? It’s a lingering childhood romanticism, from which we hold a few dear characters cherished in our memories, and occasionally gather new ones in momentary indulgences to our inner youth and actual offspring alike, such films so removed from reality and yet strangely, satisfyingly pertinent to it, for all ages. Disney knows this and has known this for many years. So, it really comes as no surprise that, at a time when video games vie for people’s attention in close competition with movies, Disney’s own latest video game release aims to satisfy the need that those special characters of ours be re-animated anew and their magic maintained through interactive gaming.
Disney Infinity, announced in 2010 and just released, is suitable for ages seven and up and saw its unveiling marked with the fanfare of the company’s first Digital Parade, well-loved characters from films such as Toy Story, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger, Monsters University and The Incredibles ‘marching’ through the streets of Central London, their progress projected onto the side of buildings. Disney Infinity warranted such an unusual premiere, for the premise behind it is that characters from Disney and Pixar movies come alive ‘in a game of Infinite Possibilities and Endless Fun’, where their vastly different worlds collide.
The characters that were paraded, as well as those from Cars, are the first of the Play Sets available in Season 1. More will be released later on and in Seasons 2 and 3, but what’s great about Disney Infinity is that you literally hold these characters in your hand, Character Figures placed on the Infinity Base with a Play Set piece and connected to either your Xbox360, Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3, or Nintendo Wii U console via USB port (and soon 3DS and PC, also). It’s not just the heroes who are available, either. You can opt for a villain or a sidekick, also, and Collectible Power Discs (of which there are currently 20 to collect) promise further ‘in-game treats and surprises’. Circular ones enable special power-ups and hexagonal ones unlock rare gadgets, themes, and vehicles.
Literally, ‘The More You Play, The More You Unlock’, because the choice of character combinations, and the subsequent personalizations of the game that enables, are endless. Whereas Play Set mode doesn’t allow interchanging of worlds for characters, it is where you gather what you need for creative play. In Toy Box mode, your imagination can then be let loose. For Disney Infinity Starter Packs (from £47.99) may include the essentials, but it will be your imagination that truly does the work with this video game. Whatever your favourite character, at the end of the day the point of Disney Infinity is that you create the worlds, and you make the rules. And that sort of control is always appealing, isn’t it?
Nostalgia and creative power combined: Disney Infinity is sure to be an essential on the Christmas list this year – for both children and adults alike!