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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez

 

January 21, 2020  (originally published January 22, 2013)

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Disney's Infinity Reveal and Preview

As I haven't stated this enough in the two year history of Gamer Tuesday, I love it when video game companies truly get into the Disney culture and create captivating games out of it. Games like Epic Mickey, Kingdom Hearts, and Kinect Disneyland Adventures shine in how they take the stories, music, characters, and places we know and produce solid to great video games that shine throughout, flaws and all. It's a shame that a lot of the efforts seen are merely quick adaptations that are in actuality extensions of the merchandise out to promote a film, TV show or franchise, because there is a lot to mine in the world of Disney. Today's game, despite being just announced, has me excited at the possibilities: Disney Infinity.

Disney Infinity

The game, while being teased at for months, was finally revealed last week at a special event in Hollywood, and is teased as a vast, creative experience that lets players explore Disney worlds, interact with the characters and partake in various missions. Yet, what Disney is really selling is the ability to create worlds and habitat them with all the characters. This is indeed quite exciting, but what is even more interesting is that Infinity is a mix of ideas that have been in development for years, some by Disney themselves, others by different companies.

Before we dive into the heart of the game, here is a video preview of the game:

 

If the game so far seems familiar, it is because you may have already played the game under a different name. Let us go back to 2010. In that summer, Pixar released their biggest hit to date, Toy Story 3. The movie closed out the Andy's toy saga is a very poignant manner, and brought everyone together to witness Woody, Buzz, and friends go on another exciting adventure. The event was understandably big. Big enough that Disney rolled out the merchandise machine to make the film an even bigger event, and thus a video game adaptation was released. Toy Story 3: The Video Game followed a great deal of the movie's events as players stepped onto the shoes of Buzz and Woody.

The game, despite its status as a licensed game, earned solid reviews from the media. The main reason why, though, was because Toy Story 3: The Video Game featured a groundbreaking mode never before seen in a game of its kind: the Toy Box mode. In Toy Box mode, players had the freedom to create levels, include missions, and add as many characters as they liked. For many, the infinite possibilities of the mode rose the game above the standard tie-in game and gave the developer, Avalanche Software, some well deserved recognition.

Disney Infinity

So if Infinity looks familiar, that is because Avalanche is looking to expand on their own concepts using Disney and Pixar's expansive library of worlds, characters, and stories. Much like in Toy Story 3: The Video Game, players have the option of visiting the game worlds and complete missions and interact with the characters, or they can go and create Disney worlds they can later play in. Infinity is already showing one advancement in Toy Story 3's concept, and that is that the tools and items players will use to create their worlds have been lifted straight from Disney and Pixar stories. You can put Spaceship Earth as the centerpiece of your world, then adorn it with the flying lanterns from Tangled, just outside Monsters Universe, and then have it so that Jack Sparrow and Mater can interact with your character.

These characters have a lengthy, timeless legacy not just at Disney but in pop culture in general, so it is easy to see why the basic idea behind Infinity's concept is already attracting people to it. Disney and Avalanche know this, and have decided to implement another feature that is slowly becoming a natural element in gaming: the action figure.

Skylanders

In 2011, Activision released Skylanders, a multi-platform release that had one huge innovation: players could buy figures of the main characters, then place them on top of a portal that would make them appear in the game. The figures feature a RFID chip that allowed it to communicate with the portal and the game, making them appear and disappear with the player's actions. Despite jaded and cynical gamers claiming that the character feature could have been easily done without the need of toys, and the claims that the title was a way to maximize profits, Skylanders proved to be a hit with the young gaming audience due to its charm and appeal of the collectible action figures.

Disney Infinity

Disney's Infinity looks to capitalize on the same concept, with the teaser trailer showing off Jack Sparrow and Sulley appearing first as figurines in the real world that materialize in the digital game world. The idea is brimming with potential, as the characters do have a long legacy and commend a presence in many a childhood. Disney is also no stranger to collectibles thanks to their seemingly endless supply of pins and Vinylmations, so Infinity could prove to be another successful medium for Disney to present their characters in a collectible manner. What's even more exciting about this is that the roster of characters could be endless and appear from any corner of Disney if the game allows for new figures to be released then used in the game. Early artwork suggest that Victor and Frankenweenie could be part of the final game.

Disney Infinity will be released in June of 2013 for every major system in the market. Other details as to what other characters we can expect in addition to the roster we currently have, the price and availability of the figures and their accessories and if there will be any changes in between the various versions have yet to be confirmed at this point in time. But any development of the game prior to release will be informed here on Gamer Tuesday, so stay tuned!


Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games
Hercules

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy
Pinocchio

Pocahontas
Tangled, the Video Game
Tarzan
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
Quackshot
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

Miscellaneous
101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
NintendoLand
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer
DisneyQuest

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Bonkers
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck
DuckTales

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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