Thursday, 11 December 2014

Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Combo Pack

Disney Infinity 2.0, Christmas Gifts, Children Video Games

While we were busy moving, we had no TV, Internet nor toys to keep the kids distracted, so we were really thankful for the Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Combo Pack GAME has sent us for review, which was one of the game featured under their GAME Junior section (their dedicated section for children aged up to 12 years with expert staff on hand to offer information and advice, so that they won't stumble across anything unsuitable). as both the figures and game has kept our kids busy while we got on with the move.

As I was so busy with the house, I was only vaguely aware of what Abby was doing on Disney Infinity. It appeared that Clay was wandering everywhere (and fighting over the black controller. Why?! What's the difference between grey and black??), Abby has created a massive island with a castle and other buildings in the game. I did wonder what she was doing but couldn't figure it out until I finally get to play it myself!

We never played Disney Infinity before, so I had a look up on the Internet (not easy with on and off mobile data signal haha) and understood now the difference between the Toy Box Combo pack and Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack. We are glad that the PR has chosen the Toy Box Combo Pack for the kids as they really love the Toy Box world and the Disney characters, and starting their Disney Infinity experience with that is just perfect!

Disney Infinity 2.0, Christmas Gifts, Children Video Games

Disney Infinity 2.0, Christmas Gifts, Children Video Games

Disney Infinity 2.0, Christmas Gifts, Children Video Games

Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Combo Pack (PEGI 7, £42.99) comes with a Disney Infinity base, Disney Infinity 2.0 video game software, 2 Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box character figurines - Merida and Stitch, 2 Toy Box game discs, a poster and manual.

My first impression was how futuristic the Disney Infinity (DI) base looked! I was really excited as I didn't know about the Toy Box Combo pack until it has arrived. I was actually expecting the first Disney Infinity starter pack, but the 2.0 Toy Box combo pack that comes with Marida and Stitch looked so much more exciting, and it's the latest software!

Most of DI 1.0 features and figurines works with DI 2.0, the only thing that wouldn't work is the storyline adventure game for DI 1.0 playsets. You can still use DI 1.0 figurines to play in the Toy Box though, and if you had any toys and tools bought from DI 1.0 for the characters, even on the playset figurines, they can still be transferred to DI 2.0 as well.

Sounds a bit complicated when you haven't played 1.0 before right? So glad that there is Wikipedia, even though they aren't necessary 100% accurate!

There are 3 DI 2.0 Storyline players can play, but they are all based on Marvel super heroes - The Avengers, Spider-man and Guardian of the Galaxy. All require particular playsets to play, and no other playset or Toy Box characters can appear in the storyline (so Spider-man won't work in The Avengers storyline, for example).

DI 2.0 Toy Box doesn't have a storyline, but the game play is much more flexible. Any DI character figurines can go into Toy Box mode, so children can use their favourite characters to play the games, build a world, finish missions to earn blue sparks (a bit like money) and buy toys/ tools, level up and build up their character's skill tree, play online with up to 4 players, etc etc (the game is too big for me to tell you everything, but you can find out more on Disney Infinity's website or Wikipedia).

Disney Infinity 2.0, Christmas Gifts, Children Video Games

There are a lot of characters since 1.0, and they make great collectibles, especially the ones that are from the children's favourite movie (that means that we will need to get Frozen characters at some point). We've already collected another 4 on top of the 2 that came with the Toy Box Combo pack! They are all very well made and nicely posed too.

Disney Infinity 2.0, Christmas Gifts, Children Video Games

I'm not sure whether this appeared in DI 1.0 as well, but I love how they started the game with a short adventure - The Treasure Hunt. The graphics is extremely sharp (XBox 360 and HD TV) and beautiful, although I did find the controller a bit sensitive. I must find out whether the settings can be changed as I was aweful at controlling the character when it was riding a horse/ driving a racing car (bad skill yes but not that bad!)!

Disney Infinity 2.0, Christmas Gifts, Children Video Games

Disney Infinity has 2 character slots on the base, and a Toy Box game disc slot. The Toy Box Combo pack came with Stitch game disc which has 10 replayable levels, and Merida's which has 8 replayable levels.

You can also buy power discs which comes in blind packs to give your character special powers like healing or extra defense. Characters (except non-human characters like Disney Cars) can basically do jump, double jump, attack, alternative attack and action (talk, drive, etc). They can up their skills through levelling, but there is a limit, so these power discs will be very useful especially if you are into combats.

Disney Infinity 2.0, Christmas Gifts, Children Video Games

When a player just landed in the Toy Box world, they arrive at a central area where they can learn what's available to do in the world and how to do them through non-player characters (you can pick them up, how cute!). There is racing track building and you can race with your friends, treasure hunting and battleground, etc. You can also access My Interior, which is like your home and build it to your liking, then invite guests to visit you, who carry missions for you to complete. So even though there isn't a story line to follow, it doesn't lack targets to hit and missions/ quests to complete.

Players can also build a Toy Box world and upload it through the Internet for other players to download. It sounded a bit odd at the beginning, but I appreciated the designs I could download from more artistic Nintendo 3DS Animal Crossing: New Leaf players, and I think this is like that. If I can't build it nice or fast enough, at least there are some off the shelf options to help me!

What I like about the game is that it encourage children to explore, solve problems and get creative, and although they do have to fight baddies sometimes, it didn't seem as bad as some other games (maybe because there wasn't much fighting going on when I was exploring apart from near the battleground portal). I also like it that the 2 players doesn't have to glue to each other, so if they suddenly decided to go separate ways after playing together for a while, they can continue the game without leaving it.

The only problem I really had was that the camera wasn't running smoothly with the character, so when you turn a corner it felt like the camera was swinging to one side. I'm not a first person game lover because I don't like that feeling. I have played a similar game before that didn't give me that feeling so I think it could have been done smoother (either that or I really need to change the settings). but the kids didn't complain so I guess they are ok with it?

Although I haven't played much, but the game so far is promising, and with great graphics, plenty to do and familiar characters to play on, I'm sure the kids will have lots of fun playing during Christmas.  I know Abby is very proud of her island and she couldn't wait to continue building it (better than Minecraft, no?), where Clay, although way too young for the game, enjoyed playing hide and seek (even though I told him that he can see me through his radar), and he adore the character figurines too.

Disney Infinity 2.0 is out on XBox 360, XBox One, Playstation 3 and 4 as well as Wii U and is priced around £43 - £50. If you want to see what other options there is for young children this Christmas, I highly recommend checking it out through GAME (online or in store) as they have dedicated a whole section to young children using the PEGI age rating, so you can be sure to get them something age appropriate (instead of accidentally getting a PEGI 16 game for a 7 years old).

Happy Christmas shopping this weekend! x