|Publisher(s)||Disney Interactive Studios|
|Distributor(s)||Walt Disney Games|
|Release date(s)||PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, and 3DS
|Genre(s)||Toys-to-life, action-adventure, sandbox|
Disney Infinity is an action-adventure sandbox video game developed by Avalanche Software and published by Disney Interactive Studios. It was announced on January 15, 2013 and developed for approximately $100 million. The game uses collectible figurines that are then synchronized with the game, unlocking characters from Disney and Pixar properties that interact and go on adventures. The game was released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS in August 2013. A PC version of Toy Box was also released on November 14, 2013. The second edition, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, was released on September 23, 2014. The third edition, Disney Infinity 3.0, was released on August 30, 2015, and introduced support for the Apple TV. On May 10, 2016, Disney announced on the Disney Interactive website that they were discontinuing production, with three characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass and a Finding Dory playset being the last releases for the platform.
Disney Infinity is an action-adventure game with physical toys, open world creation, and story-driven game-play.[clarification needed] Characters, playsets, and other features are brought into the game using figurines and discs with the included Infinity Base. With the exception of non-humanoid characters, such as those from the Cars series, each character has a double jump and a default set of attacks, as well as an ability unique to each figure. For example, Sulley and Jack Skellington can roar to scare others while Violet and Randy can turn invisible. There were two main modes in this game: Play Set and Toy Box. Each playset is essentially a self-contained world with its own gameplay, based on a specific film or series with recognizable characters and storylines. In play set mode, you could earn items, tools, and characters to use in Toy Box mode. Characters from one world cannot enter into another world, but players can put any characters together in Toy Box mode. Toy Box is a sandbox mode that players can fully customize and explore, and you earn items, tools, and characters to customize and explore from play sets.
Play Set Mode
There are a number of playsets available, which are accessed via placing the relevant playset piece onto the Infinity Base. Some examples include Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters University, The Incredibles, Cars, The Lone Ranger, and Toy Story. These playsets had their own unique campaign, which could be played with up to two players. However, all characters from a specific franchise can only play in their respective playset (for example, Mr. Incredible can't be used in the Pirates of the Caribbean playset), meaning two figures from the same series are required to play a play-set in split-screen multiplayer. Playing through play set unlocks objects and vehicles that could be used in the Toy Box mode.
Toy Box mode
Toy Box mode allows players to create their own game in an open-world arena. Players can mix and match everything that is unlocked within each of the play-sets including characters, weapons and gadgets. By unlocking new content in the Disney Infinity play-sets, players are able to build their own worlds and essentially create their own game. There are various "adventures" in this mode, which help teach the player how to use the mode's tools. Players can also earn "spins" by playing through playsets or leveling up their characters, which can be used to unlock additional items. The mode supports online multiplayer, in which players can play around with items that only the other player has, albeit only during that session.
A portable Toy Box became available in late 2013, exclusively for the iPad. A version of the Toy Box is also available for Windows PC. These versions of the Toy Box utilize the web codes included with each Disney Infinity character.
The Starter Pack edition of the game is bundled with three figurines and an Infinity Base. The Infinity Base has two round spots to place figurines, and a hexagonal spot to place world discs. When the figurines are placed on the Infinity Base, the characters are imported into the game, while world discs unlock Play Sets.
Power Discs are discs that can be placed on the Infinity Base along with their characters to add new elements to the game. Players can use up to three environment enhancements (Hexagonal Power Discs) that can only be used in the toy box mode and up to two character enhancements (Circular Power Discs) per character. The environment enhancements can alter the terrain, change the background "sky," add new vehicles or add new weapons. The character enhancements will alter things about the character such as damage done, replenish health, allow for faster experience gain for leveling and so on. One Power Disc is included with the Starter Pack while additional discs are sold in blind bags each containing two discs.
Following a delay, the PC version of Disney Infinity was released on November 14, 2013. This version was available free of charge and could be downloaded from the official Disney Infinity website. It originally contained only the game's Toy Box mode, similar to the iPad version. However, a patch was released on February 28, 2014 that added in all six Play Sets, putting it on par with the console versions. The game featured several changes from the console version, however. The game did not support the Infinity Base. Instead, characters were unlocked either by purchasing them from the Disney Infinity website (at a discounted rate, due to the lack of a physical figurine) or by redeeming a web code card included with the physical figurines. Since Power Discs do not come with web codes, they had to be purchased from the PC Shop. The game also did not support multiplayer, though players could link up with the console version to share Toy Boxes between the two versions.
Due to the space limitations of the Wii platform, some design decisions had to be made in the game. The gameplay does not have online play or multiplayer in Playsets, but there is multiplayer in Toy Box. That means that there are smaller playset worlds and no downloadable or shareable toy box worlds. Toy Box has six different worlds, each with different toys and tools. On August 21, 2014, the Disney Infinity software was released as a free download for the North American Wii U eShop, for the convenience of upgrading to the superior Wii U version for players who originally own the Wii Starter Pack, although the Wii version is backwards-compatible on Wii U. The game's subsequent sequels were not available for Wii.
Different from the console and PC versions, the Nintendo 3DS version of the game is a party game, in which up to four players play on various themed game boards and participate in various minigames. The Toy Box mode can be used to create new game boards. This version uses its own Infinity Base, which has only one character slot compared to the console version, and connects to the 3DS wirelessly.
The following is a list of character figurines that have been released and announced for Disney Infinity. The starter pack, which includes the game and Infinity Base, contains figures for Sulley (Joel McCrary), Captain Jack Sparrow (Jared Butler), and Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), and three playsets based on Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Incredibles. Additional figures and playsets were sold in special packs, whilst certain figures were sold separately.
|Pirates of the Caribbean||Captain Jack Sparrowa||Starter Pack||August 18, 2013, Launch||Wave 1|
|Captain Hector Barbossa||Single Character Pack / Sidekicks Pack|
|Davy Jones||Single Character Pack / Villains Pack|
|The Incredibles||Mr. Incrediblea||Starter Pack|
|Mrs. Incredible / Elastigirl||Single Character Pack / Sidekicks Pack|
|Syndrome||Single Character Pack / Villains Pack|
|Violet Parr||Single Character Pack / Girl Power Packf|
|Dash Parr||Single Character Pack|
|Monsters University||James P. "Sulley" Sullivana||Starter Pack|
|Mike Wazowski||Single Character Pack / Sidekicks Pack|
|Randy Boggs||Single Character Pack / Villains Pack|
|Cars||Lightning McQueena||Cars Playset|
|Francesco Bernoulli||Single Character Pack|
|The Lone Ranger||The Lone Rangera||Single Character Pack / The Lone Ranger Playset|
|Toy Story||Buzz Lightyeara||Toy Story in Space Playset||October 22, 2013||Wave 2|
|Woodyb||Single Character Pack||October 1, 2013|
|The Nightmare Before Christmas||Jack Skellingtonc||October 5, 2013|
|Tangled||Rapunzelb||Single Character Pack / Girl Power Packf||November 22, 2013|
|Wreck-It Ralph||Wreck-It Ralphd||Single Character Pack / Wreck-It Ralph Toy Box Pack|
|Vanellope von Schweetz||Single Character Pack / Wreck-It Ralph Toy Box Pack / Girl Power Packf||November 24, 2013|
|Frozen||Anna||Single Character Pack / Frozen Toy Box Pack||November 26, 2013|
|Fantasia||Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey Mousea||Single Character Pack||January 26, 2014|
|Phineas and Ferb||Phineas Flynncd||Single Character Pack / Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack||April 1, 2014|
^a : Also available in a translucent variant, as part of the "Infinite" series, exclusive to Toys 'R Us.
^b : Timed exclusive at Walmart.
^c : Timed exclusive at GameStop.
^d : Timed exclusive at Best Buy.
^e : Timed exclusive at Target.
^f : Only available in the United Kingdom.
Disney Infinity received generally positive reviews from critics (except for the 3DS version, which received negative reviews). It received a 74 and 75 out of 100 on review aggregator site Metacritic, for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 respectively.
The sandbox mode, namely the Toy Box Mode, received much praise. Steven O'Donnell of Good Game: Spawn Point stated that "it's a bit like Minecraft in that you're dropped into an open world that you can then build some pretty spectacular structures in." Kevin VanOrd of GameSpot called the Toy Box "a gleefully entertaining shared space," and greatly preferred it over the story mode.
The figurines of the playable characters received mixed to positive reactions. Daniel Krupa of IGN said that they're "well-made statues," and that "each one really captures the personality of that character with a charismatic stance." The soundtrack and dialogue of Disney Infinity also received mixed reactions. Andrew Reiner of Game Informer said that "characters repeat dialogue way too often," and that the soundtrack is "often surprisingly absent." Andy Robertson of Forbes stated that his children loved playing the figurines, both in the game and as toys.
The overall price of the game and all of the toys received media coverage. Jeff Cork of Game Informer said that to purchase all items at the launch (the game, all launch toys, and power discs) it costs a minimum of AUD$460. Kevin VanOrd of GameSpot called Disney Infinity "a platform designed to keep you spending money." Nick Cowen of The Guardian warned parents to "get ready with those wallets."
In September 2013, Disney revealed that the game had sold 294,000 copies in the United States during its first two weeks on sale.
On October 18, 2013, Disney Interactive announced that the game had sold more than one million copies worldwide. With more figures not yet released, Disney hopes the number of units sold will continue to grow. As of January 20, 2014, three million starter packs has been sold.
On May 10, 2016, the future plans for Disney Infinity were cancelled, although the reasons why are currently not clear. However, even after the announcement Disney continued to release concept art of characters that were being planned for release but were never produced. These include characters such as Marvel's Doctor Strange and Spider-Gwen.
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes
On April 30, 2014, Disney announced a follow-up game, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, iOS, PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in Q4 2014, featuring characters from the Marvel Comics universe, as the first installment of Disney Infinity 2.0. The game features improved Toybox editor tools and introduces Toybox Games, discs which allow players to create games based on genres such as tower defense. The game is also compatible with all figurines and accessories from the previous Disney Infinity. The starter pack contains figures of Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow, with figures being released separately alongside the game such as Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Falcon, Loki, Stitch, Maleficent, Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Princess Mérida, Hiro Hamada, Baymax, Aladdin, Jasmine, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Ronan the Accuser, Spider-Man, Nova, Iron Fist, Venom, Nick Fury and the Green Goblin.
Disney Infinity 3.0
On May 5, 2015, Disney announced a follow-up game through Game Informer, Disney Infinity 3.0, for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, iOS, PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in 2015, featuring characters from the Star Wars universe and Iron Man Hulkbuster.
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