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The toys are back in town: Hands-on with ‘Disney Infinity’

by on June 14, 2013
 

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As a kid, I remember playing with my toys on the living room floor. I’d take my sister’s Barbie dolls and tie them to a chair leg by their hair, and send in my Batman action figure on the Batmobile to fight the villainous Shredder and save Barbie. They’d fight in the middle of the carpet, and then the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would arrive just in time to keep the Joker from setting off his death trap and saving the universe. Then Batman and the Turtles would walk off while Barbie stayed tied to the chair, primarily for no other reason to antagonize my sister.

And such is the basic premise of Disney Infinity, one of two of the primary showcases at the Happiest Booth at E3, Disney Interactive. GotGame has brought you the latest on this undertaking by Disney Interactive, and Sunday during our pre-E3 coverage we presented an in-depth look at the “play sets” that offer a new true-to-franchise game with each character figure. Today, during our booth tour, we dove into the Toy Box, a mode that brings iconic Disney characters together. Now, like the toys of our childhood playing together in one universe, the toys in Disney’s franchises can interact in a universe created by the user.

The game system, which will drop in August for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U, will launch at a suggested retail price of $74.99, and will include the game, the Infinity base, and a starter play pack featuring play sets and three characters: Sully from Monsters University, Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles, and Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. Several additional figures will be available at launch as well.

RandallIn our Toy Box Mode demo, we started with Davy Jones from Pirates but quickly changed to Randy from Monsters University. Randy (later Randall T. Boggs from Monsters Inc.) retains all the abilities that he has in his Monsters University play set – invisibility and scare powers – in the Toy Box, but in this open-universe mode, he can also play with any gadgets, toys, or scenery unlocked from any other play set. We set Randy loose with an array of goodies, including Pirate Bombs the slithery guy threw about with glee.

Characters can also ride any method of transportation unlocked in the play sets, though those have to be dropped in individually. Placing the power coin on the base resulted in Randy hotwheeling around the world in Cinderella’s carriage, jumping ramps and even through rings of fire we set up for some added excitement.

Everything in the Infinity universe can be customized, from enlarging and shrinking Elephant Abu with goo guns to recreating Rapunzel’s celebration of the lanterns from Tangled. With this power at your fingertips, all sorts of mini-games can be created, from fighting games to sports games to recreations of classic games. With a few hills and some loop-the-loops, Dash Incredible could be taking over the role of Sonic the Hedgehog inside the Infinity universe.

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Future characters will include the rest of the Incredibles (Mrs. Incredible, Dash, and Violet), the cast of Cars, Mike Wazowski from Monsters University, Captain Barbossa and Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Lone Ranger and Tonto from Disney’s upcoming live-action film The Lone Ranger.

The world is your plaything, and the only difficult choice is who to play first.

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