Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Aug 18, 2013
    90
    Disney Infinity is off to a great start and will hopefully be supported for years to come. The thought of Avalanche Software potentially tapping Star Wars, Marvel Comics, and other properties in Disney’s vault for upcoming sets makes this game’s future just as exciting as spending an afternoon creating adventures with friends.
  2. Aug 18, 2013
    87
    It’s an excellent primer for kids embarking on a life playing games – it’ll teach them everything they need to know about barrel-rolling in a third-person shooter, power-sliding around corners, or judging line of sight in stealth games, and so much more too.
  3. Aug 18, 2013
    86
    Disney Infinity is a source of constant amusement and there’s never been anything quite like it before. It’s a driving game, a shooter, a platform-heavy action-adventure game, a stealth game, and it includes modes of customizations that challenge you to invent your own genres or make worlds greater than the ones the developers have already built.
  4. Aug 20, 2013
    85
    It melts my brain to think how much money people could throw at this game. So this is a caution to anyone who obsessively collects things. Disney Infinity is a good game, and one that caresses your cranium in a creative and imaginative way. But you will need to throw money at it. Lots of money.
  5. Aug 19, 2013
    85
    The Play Set portion of Disney Infinity consists of average to slightly above-average platformers, with enough collectibles to send players with OCD off the deep end. Things get better in the Toy Box, where the potential for player-crafted adventures really opened up the experience. Overall, Disney Infinity is an excellent addition to the fairly new toy-enhanced game genre.
  6. Sep 18, 2013
    84
    As a game, a creation toolbox and a model range, Infinity's a triple-success. [Nov 2013, p.66]
  7. Sep 16, 2013
    84
    Disney Infinity successfully takes the Skylanders premise to a whole new level and seriously improves the gameplay. More importantly, players can actually relate better to the characters due to the big name Disney names that grace this title. Right from the get go, players will find themselves entertained but just be warned that if you're a collector, this game may get expensive. Recommended!
  8. Sep 13, 2013
    82
    Disney Infinity suffers from unpolished game mechanics and it's world creation tools are somewhat limited, but at the end it offers a fun and enjoyable experience. Each playset has its own special game mechanic and that helps to add variety to the game, specially the ship battles in the Pirates of the Caribbean set.
  9. Sep 15, 2013
    80
    A very good game concept by Disney, with a great potential but with a rough start due to some bugs and a quite repetitive Play Set gameplay. Children and Disney fans will love it though.
  10. Sep 10, 2013
    80
    Despite the various technical flaws, Disney Infinity is entertaining, and that's all that really counts.
  11. Aug 23, 2013
    80
    Even with its few missteps, Disney Infinity is a magical experience that succeeds in immersing adults and children alike in a robust universe where you will spend countless hours making your childhood dreams into videogame reality.
  12. Aug 22, 2013
    80
    A bright, shining gem of a game.
  13. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    Disney Infinity is an amazing game with faults which lie most often in the playsets themselves and some of the poor vehicle controls and inconsistent player training, which feel a bit like the growing pains that we saw in early sandbox games. That said, Avalanche Software has created a game that doesn't just let you play in the Disney sandbox, but gives you the bucket and trowel to build your own castle in it.
  14. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    Adults who have a fondness for Disney will get the most out of Disney Infinity, thanks to its expansive Toy Box mode, and the Play Sets will provide hours of entertainment for kids who have prior experience with platformers.
  15. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    While Disney Infinity might be a precisely coordinated marketing strategy, it’s also a imaginative multimedia experience that will appeal to gamers of all ages. Kids will adore everything about it and adults will enjoy collecting their favorite expertly-crafted figures and seeing them in action.
  16. Aug 18, 2013
    80
    The game doesn't quite nail those moments of carefree child's play found in every real-world toy box, but it gets closer than any other game we've played.
  17. 80
    It's easy and incredibly fun to use, but also powerful, and content can be shared with friends. Even as additional play sets and figures are released in the coming months, it'll be the Toy Box that keeps us hooked, and it's how Disney Infinity remains so endearing even as it commands ample cash.
  18. Sep 11, 2013
    79
    The Toy Box is the star of the game, so why does it take so much time to unlock it all?
  19. 79
    Sure, there are some technical bugs now and then, the Play Set missions can be mundane at times, and it may be expensive to ‘buy-it-all-to-collect-it-all’ giving you a bit of “sticker price shock”, but in the end how can one not enjoy what is offered here. The ability to create your own Disney-esque world in the Toy Box is truly amazing, the figurines are very well done, and the thought of future Play Sets is exciting (HELLO…Star Wars, Marvel, or classic Disney worlds).
  20. Aug 28, 2013
    77
    Of course the Skylanders paved the way. But Disney Infinity is more than a copycat. With the addition of the Toy Box as a powerful editor and the starpower of Pixar and Disney movies this collection of action adventures can stand its ground.
  21. Oct 21, 2013
    75
    Disney Infinity is a candidate as a potential family hit of this year otherwise dominated by the launch of the new console.
  22. Sep 1, 2013
    75
    Disney Infinity is a huge gamble that could pay off over time. As of now it is a massive money sink that can be hard to recommend, especially to those already so invested in that “other” toy game. Still, having the stable of characters and licenses Disney has, it has the potential to be something special.
  23. Aug 28, 2013
    75
    Disney Infinity aims high, but a prohibitive cost barrier and a few bugs prevent the game from really soaring. Still, compared to previous Disney attempts at breaking into the video game market, this is their best effort to date.
  24. Aug 26, 2013
    75
    So long as you're willing to put up with some rather elementary action gameplay, Disney Infinity is a solid choice for families, younger gamers, and gamers who are young at heart alike.
  25. Aug 18, 2013
    73
    What Disney Infinity ultimately represents is the potential of a fantastic platform. It’s incredibly rough around the edges, and it will make your wallet beg for mercy, but there is a massive wealth of content for Disney to cull from.
  26. Oct 16, 2013
    70
    If it weren’t for the excellent Toy Box mode, the rating would be much lower, because provided adventures are disappointing. [11/2013, p.74]
  27. Oct 14, 2013
    70
    Although fun, it'll only keep you entertained for infinity if you're happy to watch Mr Incredible beat up Aladdin guards for all eternity. [Issue#103, p.84]
  28. A grand idea, but needs deep pockets. [Nov 2013, p.94]
  29. Oct 1, 2013
    70
    While there's a lot to do in the package, Disney Infinity doesn't particularly excel in any compartment and has some serious and unforgivable design flaws, considering its target audience. While repetitive, the game can provide some hours of fun nonetheless, and has great potential.... but next installments have to be built better and really with kids in mind.
  30. Aug 24, 2013
    70
    To embrace Disney Infinity is to buy-in to the whole package: collecting the physical toys, building in the Toy Box, enjoying the Play Sets. Without interest in all its components, its appeal is diminished.
  31. The Disney Infinity starter pack might seem like a good idea the next time you have to buy back your kids’ love for having missed a baseball game or ballet recital, but you need to know it’s probably the start of a very expensive new habit.
  32. Sep 30, 2013
    60
    Disney Infinity is an interesting combination of toys and games. However, its digital part is behind the real one because of the game's not very intuitive controls and its several other flaws. The game is more suited for hands of adults and passionate collectors than for those of the small children.
  33. Aug 23, 2013
    60
    While Infinity is adequate in basic gameplay terms, and will certainly amuse Disney-fixated youngsters for a while, it falls short of the games whose ideas it borrows.
  34. Aug 23, 2013
    60
    Disney Infinity is okay but it could be so much more. It has a few gameplay shortcomings but its biggest flaw is its lack of heart. It feels more like a fan's attempt at each universe rather than the loving homage it could be.
  35. Aug 22, 2013
    60
    The greatness of Disney Infinity's Toybox is undermined by the carelessness of its structured content.
  36. Aug 19, 2013
    60
    Corporate greed and some avoidable flaws prevent it from reaching infinity and beyond, but this is still a game that can delight and inspire in equal measure.
  37. Aug 18, 2013
    50
    But once you start to play, and once you stumble over the technical issues, and once you find that there are barriers around every turn, you’re bound to find that you’re in love with what you think Disney Infinity could be, and not what it actually is.
  38. Aug 18, 2013
    40
    Unfortunately, the core mechanics in each of these campaigns are dull and lack any real depth. For starters, when you die, you simply respawn where you fell. There is no punishment for death at all. This isn't helped by the simplistic combat and the lack of enemy variety. Even in the combat-heavy Pirates and The Incredibles Play Sets, blocking and dodging is hardly required. Single-button mashing for the most part will do the trick with ease.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 7 out of 20
  1. Aug 19, 2013
    9
    Some 'critics' may write reviews panning Disney Infinity for its simplistic combat structure, the fact that you don't respawn elsewhere or aSome 'critics' may write reviews panning Disney Infinity for its simplistic combat structure, the fact that you don't respawn elsewhere or a number of features they find inferior. What they do not acknowledge is one simple thing...this is not Forza, this is not COD, this is not whatever other specialty game you may use as a benchmark to review this franchise on.

    Repeated Skylanders ripoff references are extremely foolish as well. By that logic, everyone using a computer right now is ripping off Xerox. Its patently absurd. Pun intended. For one to assume that Disney, with arguably the most identifiable characters in the world, in volume and in stature, would use its leverage by creating a toy based strategy is just silly.

    Disney Infinity is an extremely thoughtful, well crafted and fun game. And thats without even touching the toy box. It is not difficult to play, has solid narratives through out each world, which, in and of themselves feel like different games, if not for the overarching style they chose to go with. Additionally it is easy to engage with even if a child is unable to physically play the game.

    Im looking forward to going home later to play this with my kids as well as the future offering they are no doubt preparing for the coming months.
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  2. Aug 21, 2013
    8
    Disney does it again with Infinity

    What have they done again? Well they've created a fun game for parents and kids to play together.
    Disney does it again with Infinity

    What have they done again? Well they've created a fun game for parents and kids to play together. They've created a system even my 4 year old can understand. What they've most done though is create a cash printing system that only a media conglomerate like Disney could.

    For those of you who don't know Disney Infinity builds off of Avalanche's earlier work on the Toy Story 3 video game. The concept is simple, let kids play with toys inside a video game. To make it more of a "game" each "play set" comes with a game world based on the toy's IP. So for instance if you have Mr. Incredibles the play set he comes from allows him to play game levels inside the Incredibles movie setting. Because the game's concept is playing with toys within the game it allows them to have any character from any brand Disney owns.

    Think about that for a moment. ANY Brand Disney Owns. Yeah...

    If that wasn't enough Disney is also good at the "follow-up" sales. That is, the idea of "sure you can get by with just this, but you really want all this stuff too." Just like the app stores make people stick with a single brand of device, Disney Infinity wants you stay in their system and they're going to give you lots of reasons of continuing to put money into their system and here's how:

    1. New Characters. This is the most apparent method but also the best leveraged one. By having all these chests in game that can only be opened by other characters you get the kids to want to buy these other characters. Better yet, instead of just saying, "Hey you need Dash to open this chest" by pressing the open chest button the kid is shown a video of the missing character in action. Built in commercials of upcoming and available products!

    2. Power Coins. These little POG sized discs each offer lots of accessories and "vanity options" like you would find in a Free to Play game. They are totally optional but they are also sold in blind packs like trading cards. This means people buying packs (instead of buying from some other service or trade) will have to buy several packs to find just what they want. At $6 for 2 in a pack, that's a good chunk of change there.

    3. Play sets. Every franchise they want to give the "full" experience to will have its own little "expansion pack" worth of gameplay by buying a 2 character play set pack that unlocks new gameplay options. For instance if you want to play in the old west and ride horses you'll buy the Lone Ranger pack (and try and offset that horrible movie's cost) or if you want to race even more cars buy the cars pack.

    4. Finally, and possibly the most devious way they're going to make money is the in game library. See there are thousands of fun things to build with and play around with in the toy box mode of the game. Many of these come in from the various play sets you buy separately, others show up with the coins, but most are unlocked by leveling up the various characters. Instead of letting you choose what you unlock though Disney's devious creators put in a randomizer system.

    For instance, say you want Scrooge McDuck's money bin (like me) instead of just leveling up Mr. Incredible and unlocking it, I go to the "toy vault" and then randomize the 16 random unlocks until I see the money bin. Then, ONCE per level I "spin" for a chance at the Money Bin. Yep, you did that math right. I get 1 per level to unlock any 1 of 16 or so randomly chosen items. In my case instead of the Moneybin I unlocked princess costumes for the little "background" toys that wander around. Yeah, not what I wanted and I have to level up any character again to get another shot.

    So yeah, with the base set you'll get 90 unlocks many of them "wasted" on things you don't want. So you'll end up with a very random toy box (which makes sense on a level since toy boxes tend to be pretty random) that, just like a real one, often leaves you looking for that "just one more" piece. For instance I have 2 of the 3 parts of the castle in Aladdin’s Agrabah. So it looks MOSTLY done but it's missing the outer walls which looks odd. Plus everything is on fairytale grass no sand unlocked yet. Not quite what I'm looking for for a "coherent" experience.

    That said, does my daughter care? Nope. I mean c'mon I just built a 20 story tall floating island rope climb with Cinderella's castle on top for her to jump off of. She doesn't care what it LOOKS like, Yet. :)

    Between the in game advertising of new characters (like the girl from the recently announced movie Frozen) as well as characters you might be waiting for (Wreck it Ralph and Vanelope) plus fun little extras the game is setup to make you spend more money to get the full experience. Can you get by on just the base set? Of course. But you'll be missing things and see what you COULD get if you bought just a little more. It's many of the bad things from Free to Play in a Pay to Play package. If you are not already
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  3. Aug 19, 2013
    8
    Sure, the game might seem like an overpriced, overhyped, waste of time, but it's actually pretty damn fun. At first glance it appears to be aSure, the game might seem like an overpriced, overhyped, waste of time, but it's actually pretty damn fun. At first glance it appears to be a cheap cash in on Disney's front, using the mega success of the similarly toy themed Skylanders. But it really has very little in common with the Skylanders than previously assumed. In fact it shares more in common with a classic RPG game and a mix between Little Big Planet and Minecraft. I must admit that the whole game is charismatic. I found myself in love with many of Disney's less classic, one of my only issues with the game was the lack of the original Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Maleficent, Cinderella, characters once again. The world building in the Toy Box mode was enjoyable, but some of the world building tools could have been dealt with much better as building terrain can become tiresome and incredibly difficult. It leaves me wondering if I struggled to get a hold of it, then how would the kids the product is aimed at fair?
    Despite some issues, the game is still a ton of fun and the figures are well crafted and highly collectible. The pricing seems steep with some of the individual figures, but most of the packs are actually good value. The Toy Box mode presents challenges yet is still effective in what it tries to achieve, the RPG elements of the game, the 'play sets', are hours worth of fun in large, open-world areas with plenty of jobs and activities to complete. All in all it's a good, fun game that's worth purchase.
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