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Seven Things You Should Know About Disney Infinity

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
Tags:
children's games, Disney, Disney Infinity, Family games, John Day, Monsters University, Pixar

Seven Things You Should Know About Disney Infinity

What is it?

In a similar way to Skylanders, you place plastic toys on a docking station plugged into your console and those toys will appear on-screen allowing the player to use them in-game in specific Playsets.

Characters are linked to Playsets, specific stages based around famous Disney films or locations. John Day told us more at a recent hands-on event:

In a given Playset you experience a single universe in a really immersive way. So when you play in Cars, you play as a Cars character you do things that makes sense to Cars like racing or building up the town of radiator springs. And if you play in the Pirates of the Caribbean Playset you get a very different experience, you play as a Pirate’s character, you get a pirate ship you sail the high seas, you fight the Kraken, the Kraken eats you, that’s what happens in Pirates. The two never really cross over, Jack sparrow will never go into the Cars Playset and McQueen will never go into the Pirates Playset."

Essentially a Playset is a campaign; it’s the main meat of a game that, until now, would be a separately released product on a disc.

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Disney Infinity Hands-On Preview | Empty the Toy Box

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
Tags:
children's games, Disney, Disney Infinity, Family games, John Day, Monsters University, Pixar

Disney Infinity Hands-On Preview | Empty the Toy Box

Platforms: PS3 | 360 | Wii U | Wii | 3DS

Developer: Avalanche Software

Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios

Skylanders makes millions. Serious millions. So it was only a matter of time before other companies decided to get into toy/video game hybrids and names don’t come much bigger than Disney. When we learned that the biggest name in animated movies was stepping into the fray, we knew things were about to get interesting in the war for a spot under Christmas trees.

Like Skylanders, Disney Infinity is going to sell toys that are placed on a docking device (the Infinity Base) which makes them appear in-game. These characters will be sold in ‘Play Sets’ based around specific film franchises. These sets will include a couple of toy characters along with single-player stages/missions based around that film. Pirates of the Caribbean, Monster’s University, The Incredibles, The Lone Ranger and so on.

Disney Infinity Hands-On Preview | Empty the Toy Box

In addition to standard single-player modes, Disney Infinity will offer a Toy Box mode which gives players free reign to create their own adventures and that’s what Disney invited us down to try out. As a fan of creating my own stages in Little Big Planet and ModNation Racers, I was keen to see how this compared.

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Wonderbook + Book of Spells + Move controller + PS Eye | £27.85 | ShopTo | PS3

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Family games, PS3 games, Wonderbook: Book of Spells

Wonderbook + Book of Spells + Move controller + PS Eye | £27.85 | ShopTo | PS3

Wonderbook + Book of Spells + Move Controller + PS Eye | ShopTo
£27.85 (save £22) | Price Comparison | Book of Spells Review

Thanks to kjam1981 at HotUkDeals.

Disneyland Adventures (Kinect) | £10.38 | Amazon | Xbox 360

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Disney Interactive, Family games, Kinect games, Microsoft Studios, Xbox 360 games
Disneyland Adventures (Kinect) | £10.38 | Amazon | Xbox 360

Having Disneyland Adventures demonstrated to me by an adult member of Microsoft's European marketing team was one of the most surreal things I've ever experienced, and the game is just as surreal. And, more to the point, it's actually surprisingly competent. It's only good for kids, but the Kinect controls work well, there's plenty to do and lots to explore. Amazon are touting a £2 saving compared to ShopTo.

Thanks and credit to Lozzy20 at HotUKDeals.

Disneyland Adventures (Kinect) | £22.95 | The Hut | Xbox 360

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Disney Interactive, Family games, Kinect games, Microsoft Studios, Xbox 360 games
Disneyland Adventures (Kinect) | £22.95 | The Hut | Xbox 360

Having Disneyland Adventures demonstrated to me by an adult member of Microsoft's European marketing team was one of the most surreal things I've ever experienced, and the game is just as surreal. And, more to the point, it's actually surprisingly competent. It's only good for kids, but the Kinect controls work well, there's plenty to do and lots to explore. Coolshop have the cheapest price around at the moment.

Christmas Buyer's Guide | Games For The Family

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carnival Island, Christmas Buyer's Guide, Family games, Just Dance 3, Kinect Sports: Season 2, LEGO games, Rock Band 3

Christmas Buyer's Guide | Games For The Family

Forget the hysterical posturing of the mainstream press. These days, videogames bring families together in ways I wish had been around when I was a lad, providing unique opportunities for cooperation, friendly competition and living room hilarity regardless of age or ability. With Christmas fast approaching, we've decided to round up five of the hottest family friendly games with links to our price comparison engine and dynamically-updating price tracker widgets. The holidays don't have to be expensive.

Note that a couple of these titles require you to own a motion control peripheral. If you're still on the fence, why not check out our Kinect and PlayStation Move reviews?

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uDraw Tablet Review | Win, Lose or uDraw?

Author:
Neil Davey
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Art, Family games, Games reviews, Puzzle games, uDraw, uDraw GameTablet, uDraw Studio, Wii games
Discuss:
Wii

Wii-uDraw-GameTabletPlatform: Wii

Developer: THQ

Remember when the Kinect launched? Course you do, it was only a few months ago and, even with those all night CoD multiplayer fests, your brain cells aren’t that battered.

Basically, the Kinect launch was greeted with that standard peripheral fanfare: nice idea, shame about the software. I seem to remember the Sony Play system getting much the same response. There are no prizes for guessing where the reviews for Wii’s latest addition, the uDraw Tablet, are headed then...

After early sneak views last year, uDraw struck those of who’d had a few minutes playing with it as a neat enough idea. The Guardian’s Steve Boxer celebrated its refusal to make “game-changing” claims and described it as “by no means an earth-shatteringly clever input device like Microsoft's Kinect... but it should prove pretty attractive to parents worried about their offspring spending all day in front of their Wiis without achieving anything concrete.”

udraw-wii-art-tablet-great-for-kids

Six months on from that early look, with the finished tablet (and its three launch games) zooming towards retail outlets even as I type, how does it fare? Do I really need to answer?

Click here to see if the uDraw GameTablet is actually any good....