The Playstation 3, Wii U, and Xbox versions of Disney Infinity have been heaped tons and tons of praise by critics, both for the fun interactive gameplay as well as the tech used to bring some of the beloved “new” generation of Disney characters into life. The same cannot be said about Disney Infinity for the Nintendo 3DS, however, as it pales in comparison to it bigger brothers although the technology should have allowed the title to more or less be able to replicate the latter.
Disney Infinity for the 3DS is pegged at almost the exact same price as the other versions. Like the other versions, 3DS’ 3D Infinity also comes with the Infinity Base as well as figurines that can be uploaded into the game, adding onto your roster of characters. World discs can also be added so that you would be provided with new worlds to play in. To wit, players are basically offered downloadable content that they can physically touch in the form of statues, and although these can pretty much serve as collectibles themselves, players cannot shake off the fact that this is simply Disney’s attempt to squeeze as much money as they can from them, as getting all currently offered characters and worlds can easily set them back a couple of hundred of dollars, and that’s on top of the current seventy-five dollar price tag.
Also, while the “bigger and better versions” of the game offers Play Set Mode where characters can set off in their own unique campaigns in an action adventure type of gameplay, this is obviously absent in the 3DS version. Rather, the title is marketed as a party game much like Mario Party, where players can compete with each other in about fifty mini games. However, some of these mini games can be repetitive, as some offer the very same type of gameplay, albeit in different environments.
The game does offer Toy Box Mode, which is basically an open world sandbox where players can create their own game boards based on whatever characters or worlds that they have purchased and/or acquired. This is where players can potentially spend most of their time designing their own set of games, but this is of course limited based on how much you have actually shelled out for additional content.
With regards to characters available within the game, there’s the obvious absence of hard hitters such as Goofy, Donald, or even Mowgli. Players are left with more recent Disney creations like the Incredibles, Jack Sparrow, Sully and Mike from Monsters Inc., Buzz and Woody from Toy Story, and others. The only first tier Disney character currently present is Mickey Mouse in his Fantasia incarnation, and while this change may be welcome to some, that small group of original Disney fans might find that the lack of classic characters a little off putting. Of course, there’s always the chance of Disney releasing new figurines, which would of course mean having to spend money to acquire them so that they may be unlocked within the game. Sadly, by then, the game might have already lost its already limited charm.
As the game is from Disney, players can expect stunning visuals as well as storybook feel in its environments. However, character voicework seems very canned and limited, and there have been issues of the soundtrack failing to play from time to time. Also, lag issues are very prevalent, and frequent game loads will surely slow down game time, which will frustrate players even more.
All in all, Disney Infinity for the 3DS is not the title that you might expect, especially if you have played other versions of this particular game. There’s not just any meat in the game to justify the price tag, and it’s really not the game that you would give a child, especially if you don’t want to get constantly bugged to get just one more toy to add onto the toy box.
Still, praise must be given where it is due, as the Infinity Base and unique take on DLC is pretty innovative indeed. Disney Infinity, in general, has possibly come up with a gold mine when it comes to toy collectors and gaming completists, and the statues are surprisingly well made. Disney Infinity has made toy collection a reality in the gaming world, but sadly, the period of enjoyment that you would get from the 3DS version of the game is somewhat limited due to its lack of scope and repetitive gameplay. For that, it is recommended that you get the better versions Disney Infinity, which is anything aside from the 3DS version. You’ll get much more value for your money if you do.
Tested on Nintendo 3DS. Final Score: 5/10
Disney Infinity was developed by Avalanche Software and was published by Disney Interactive Studios. It was released for the Nintendo 3DS from August 18, with versions for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and Wii U also available. A PC version is also scheduled for an October 2013 release.