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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez

 

April 13, 2021  (Originally published February 15, 2011)

Pap the Disney Gamer’s Highlights: Toontown Online

Developed by: Walt Disney Internet Group

System: PC

Just recently, many Disney theme park fans, Brent Dodge included, bid a sad farewell to Mickey’s Toontown in Walt Disney World in Florida. A very bittersweet event as while the closure of this park means the arrival of an expanded Fantasyland attraction, Toontown has been delighting fans of all ages for years, and its closure means the end of a great legacy of Disney magic.

In honor of Toontown’s legacy, I decided to highlight one of Disney’s first online games: Toontown Online. Released in 2003, Toontown Online was billed as the first online game aimed at children as young as seven years old, as well as their families. Players have the option of downloading the game for free, and then they can choose a free account but with limited options or a paid account with access to all of the game’s content. A paid account can be obtained using pre-paid Toontown Online cards available in stores. Once you do, you can create your own toon character and explore Toontown.  Players can choose from different animals, including dogs, cats, and many more. Like many online games of its kind, players can interact with other players from around the world, participate in various events and face off against the Cog Syndicate, a group of robot ruffians who set out to disrupt the joyous cartoon mayhem of Toontown. They take everything too seriously and never joke around.

Some of the activities players can find in Toontown Online include kart racing, fishing, gardening, miniature golf, toon parties, raise your own doodles (the pets of Toontown Online) and even party hardy with Victory Parties, celebrations players can enjoy when they defeat the Cogs in the game.

It wouldn’t be a Toontown based game without your favorite Disney characters, and Toontown Online features them. There are areas called Playgrounds that are safe from the Cogs and you can freely roam. In here you can meet characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Daisy, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale in different themed areas within the Playground. Since Toontown characters can’t be defeated, they will, however, become sad if they sustain too much damage in battle. When they are too sad they are transported to the Playground where they can recuperate their happiness and get things back on track.

Of course, this being a family game, great care has been given towards the online security features. Some common features such as player versus player combat and free chat have been controlled in order to prevent kids from interacting with strangers. This doesn’t mean, however, that there isn’t a form of communication in the game. Toontown Online features SpeedChat, a method of online chatting that allows players to see what they are saying. If you want to talk further, players can do so via the True Friend option, which connects to a player you know and trust.

Even if it doesn’t fully replicate the fun of the actual Toontown park, Toontown Online does serve as a great alternative for Disney fans who enjoy online games but want something more friendly and inviting. You can create your own Disney tale and just have fun keeping the magic of Toontown alive in its many facets.

 


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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