Just before Comic Con’s preview night kicked off I had another in-depth hands-on play session with Disney Infinity. For those of you that have been living under a rock, Disney Infinity is the equivalent of “you got your video game peanut butter stuck in my collectible figure chocolate”. What I mean by that though is you take an assortment of the adored characters created by Disney/Pixar. Create high quality, collectible figures that will appeal to kids and their parents. Add in Avalanche Software, the creators of easily the best licensed game to movie tie-ins this generation with Toy Story 3. With that combination you’ve got one of the summer’s most anticipated releases with Disney Infinity.
The focuses at this event were two of the three playsets from the Disney Infinity starter pack, The Incredibles and Pirates of the Caribbean along with the Toy Box mode. This was my first opportunity to actually start a playset from the beginning so I chose to select the Pirates playset. One of the first things gamers will recognize is Jack rowing a small boat through a portion of the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park ride from Disneyland. As you’re rowing along trying to get to shore all sorts of chaos ensues. I don’t want to spoil your experience so I’ll jump forward a bit. Once you’ve made it to shore you’re immediately tasked with a mission of figuring out how to retrieve your ship by first rescuing Mr. Gibbs being held captive in a nearby fortress. Those familiar with traditional platform games will feel right at home with the exploring, running, jumping and sword fighting, good stuff!
Up next I jumped into the Toy Box mode. This was also my first opportunity to run through the tutorial that explains how everything works in the Toy Box. When you play through the playsets you unlock virtual toys that can be used in the Toy Box mode. This allows you to build and edit your worlds with a tremendous amount of content (which currently numbers around 1200 pieces).
The controls in Toy Box mode are easy to pick up but it will take some trial and error to really master all that is possible. You’ll be able to construct your world with all sorts of terrain set pieces like hills, waterfalls and many assorted topiary pieces; you’ll use familiar set pieces like Epcot’s Spaceship Earth, the ESPN Stadium or even Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin. You’ll be able to build in new games in your world, like a racing game with track pieces that you’ve unlocked by playing through the Cars playset. You can change the sky and/or the ground textures. Up to four players can cooperatively build when connected online through the WiiU, Xbox Live or PSN.
One of the really cool additions to the Toy Box are the Logic Toys. The Logic Toys are set pieces that have a bit or programming added to them. You can take a pressure pad piece that has step/step off functionality. When you link the pressure pad to another object you can get a multitude of desired effects like switching your camera perspective, turning an object on or off, even have an object continually respawn to wreak havoc in your environment.
You can save multiple different types of Toy Boxes, share them with your friends that come into your Toy Box and even upload them. All of the Toy Box content that is uploaded will be moderated to make sure there isn’t anything offensive and that all is family friendly. It will also be curated so that only the best stuff gets shared across the network. Once it’s been approved you’ll be able to download it all for free no matter whether you’re playing on WiiU, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. To add even more re-playability the Toy Box levels you’ve downloaded can also be edited in your own Toy Box as long as you’ve unlocked the respective toys that were used to create it originally.
Disney Infinity is just around the corner so be sure hit up your favorite retailer and preorder a starter pack along with a selection of your favorite Disney character figures and power discs and get ready to build and share your Toy Box with the community. Disney Infinity is coming to Nintendo DS, Wii, WiiU, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on August 18th. Stay tuned for more Disney Infinity coverage coming soon!