I just saw some trailers for the new Disney Infinity Video Game that is soon to be released in August. This game at first appears to be part Skylanders and part Minecraft. In reality it is a whole lot different. Take a look inside to learn what Disney Infinity is all about!
Disney Infinity – Skylanders Meets Minecraft?
I started by checking out the Disney Infinity Video below for this new venture into the Disney franchise. You should take a moment below and check it out too!
If your a Disney fan like I am then you are probably jumping up and down in joy saying things like “WOW” “AWESOME” and … “WHERE DO I GET IT?”. But lets stop for a minute and get back from Never Never Land and take a closer look at this upcoming game Disney Infinity.
In order to better explain Infinity its important to take a look at a current game Skylanders. This is the first game of its type where you purchase not only the actual video game but you need to purchase real physical characters in order to play the video game. Its sort of like collecting Pokemon cards – turning them into 3-D characters that you can physically hold on to, then digitize them onto your TV and battle against other characters. It really is an ingenious system of multi-merchandising.
Although this isn’t the first game of its type it most certainly is the most famous. Made by an indie company Mojang. This block based sandbox game that allows your little block character to do essentially whatever you feel like doing. There are no real goals in the game except to allow your imagination blossom as you explore and create in your own little block based land.
So now take both of those worlds mentioned above, mix in your favorite characters from Disney and Pixar and you will get
This new world created by Avalanche Software allows you to collect your favorite Disney and Pixar characters and play them online in a virtual world. You can either play in the pre-created game sets or you can play in your own world called the “Toy Box”. This sandbox inspired game allows you to do whatever you want to do in the game. There are no real objectives except to use your imagination while playing the game.
These are special environments based on the characters you purchased with the game itself. From the videos I’ve seen there is are the following:
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Monters University
- The Incredibles
I’m sure other Play Sets will be introduced into the game after its release. In the sneak peak trailers you can see others like Nightmare Before Christmas, Cinderella’s Castle, and a few others you’ll have to go look at for yourself 🙂
In these special worlds you get to fight enemies, solve puzzles, overcome obstacles, and complete a multitude of quests. There is a little bit of a rub here though. You can only play the characters in their perspective play sets. In other words if you decide to play Sulley – you are going to only be able to play in the Monsters University Play Set.
Another thing to keep in mind each Play Set is going to have its own individual game play that is related to the movie/characters you decide to play. Not all are going to hack and slash or shoot em’ up type game plays.
Of course if you want to just do your own thing? Then there is the:
This is the actual “sand box” portion of the game. This is where you can enter in your character and do whatever you feel like doing in the game. It will be up to your own imagination on what you decide to do in this environment – which if you ask me is pretty cool. Now if you want there is some objective based quests in the Toy Box or you can just use the “Free Mode” to do whatever you like. Take a look at the example video below on how the Toy Box mode came about:
From the examples of what the testers/developers have created and I can tell you it looks amazing – from re-creating Mario Cart, to building huge structures like the USS Enterprise, to a giant guitar! You truly are only limited by your imagination.
The other cool thing is for everything that you unlock for your character or in the Play Set world you have been playing in – you can now bring it into the Toy Box. This allows for virtually limitless possibilities. Also in this world your characters can finally play together any way you wish.
Power Discs ($4.96)
With these you set them on your Infinity Pad and it will unlock different abilities or gadgets for your characters in game. These are sold separately as well. But you can stack up to three per figure. The Power Discs give you different special abilities like earning more coins, better defense or attacks, or provides other special abilities as well.
Disney Infinity Figures ($12.99 per Figure)
This is what sucked me in originally. You mean I can play just about all of my favorite Disney/Pixar characters? Even say Phineas, Ferb, or Perry the Platypus? Or maybe even Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas? Unfortunately these guys weren’t available yet when I looked online. But I could get Mater and be able to play him though? Additional figures are $12.99 a piece although there are special character packs you can purchase as well.
From what I have seen online the quality of the characters look amazing! I’m sure some people will be purchasing the figures to collect them all by themselves!
Multi Player Options
You have two different options for Multi Player. You can play locally in split screen mode IF you have two of the same character types that match the Play Set world you want to play in.
The other is you can play online with a total of 4 players in the Toy Box mode. This allows for you and your friends to play in a somewhat limited co-op mode to work on your creations online.
If all that wasn’t enough? Disney is planning on holding contests or having you upload your Toy Box creations online, You have a chance to win prizes or have your creations re-posted for the rest of the Disney Infinity world to see. They will then get the chance to download and add them to their own Toy Box worlds.
OK, WHERE DO I SIGN UP ALREADY?
Um, wait a minute.
Starter Pack ($79.99)
First off you will need to Pr-Order the “Starter Pack” which includes:
- The Game
- Three Base Figures – Sulley, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Mr. Incredible
- The Infinity Base
- Three Playsets: Monster University, Pirates from the Caribbean, and The Incredibles
- An Infinity Power Disc
If you do Pre-Order? You will get a bonus character, a Power Disc and some web codes which can be used to unlock content online and on your mobile phone.
Now if you decide to wait instead of doing the Pre-Order then decide later you really want to get the game?
- You will spend the $79.99 price for the Starter Kit
- Then you will want additional characters – especially if you want to play split screen on the different Play Sets. Add another $12.99.
- And you will want the different Power Discs so you can get special abilities or gadgets for your character. Remember this is up to 3 per character. And you can mix and match these depending on what your wanting to do. This is $4.96 a pop as well.
So you will end up spending $97.94 just to get started instead of the $79.99 Pre-Order Price!
Infinity Available For Every Console!
This is a rare first. Disney/Pixar and Avalanche games have made sure that this game is available for every console out there today. So if you own a console? It will be available for you to play on.
- Xbox 360 (Xbox Live!)
- Playstation 3 (PSN Network)
- Wii and Wii U
- Nintendo 3DS
Special Note: The Wii, WiiU, and 3DS graphics and game play will be slightly different from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 equivalents due to limitations with those consoles.
If you want to find out more about this game you can follow them online at:
What do you think?
Personally, I think the game looks amazing. I’m thinking this will be one of the top games of the holiday season – so I would get it now and avoid the impending Holiday Rush! Seriously though I can see this game taking off! Even though I don’t like the fact that they had to get you to purchase the additional characters and discs as physical items instead of just charging a (much) lower price online through an online shop. Overall I think that Disney/Pixar did an amazing job with the game and I can’t wait for it to come out.
But what do you think? Leave a comment below.