Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. Nov 29, 2011
    85
    This 'LittleBigLego' turned out to be one of the best Christmas gifts for the whole family and a great journey across six Disney and Pixar worlds especially enjoyable in 4 player co-op mode. [December 2011, p.88]
  2. Oct 26, 2011
    82
    The fun platforming, inspired level design, and bevy of character suits all make this a game worth experiencing. Although the formula is a bit derivative, Disney Universe has such a unique style that you won't notice it that much.
  3. Nov 17, 2011
    80
    Disney Universe will give parents and kids alike a fun and enjoyable experience. Without the little ones, however, there's not much to be excited about.
  4. Oct 31, 2011
    80
    Without its surreal mix of worlds and characters, Disney Universe would be little more than a fun, but forgettable LEGO game rip-off. However, with enough charm and personality to fill Cinderella's Castle, it's hard not to recommend it to those who make annual treks to Disneyland or catch every Pixar flick on opening day. If that doesn't describe you, but you're an adult looking for a fun interactive romp to take with your kids, Disney Universe is still a great place to visit.
  5. Oct 25, 2011
    80
    The ideal family game. It's quick and simple, but has charm, character and inventive little puzzles galore.
  6. Dec 6, 2011
    75
    Quite simply, kids will thoroughly enjoy Disney Universe and just like their favourite films, will happily go through it time and time again. If you've ever played a LEGO game in the past this will most likely to appeal to you, although don't expect the high amount of collectables that you are used to, but still, expect a ton of fun! Disney Universe is definitely a good group game to have over the Christmas period!
  7. 75
    The game is solidly entertaining, especially when four competitive players get to whacking each other, racing for powerups, and tossing each other off ledges.
  8. Nov 20, 2011
    75
    A good family game, entertaining even if not too challenging. Parents and children won't stay flat to Disney's characters great charm, even if in the form of funny costumes.
  9. Nov 9, 2011
    75
    Creativity covers up many of the imperfections, the artwork in the backdrops is unrivaled in a kids game, and best of all, it's extremely entertaining.
  10. Oct 28, 2011
    72
    While Disney Universe can't really come close to LittleBigPlanet in terms of scope or gameplay options, there's enough fun here to keep any Disney fanatic entertained. Simple controls, plenty of levels and challenges will make this fun for younger gamers in any household.
  11. 70
    Has plenty of entertainment for those who might not necessarily be on the lookout heart-stopping challenges or precision requirements, but rather an issue-free and enjoyable adventure with their friends.
  12. Nov 15, 2011
    70
    It has some niggling issues that will annoy regular gamers, but young kids will jump into the action with both feet and have a wonderful time.
  13. Nov 14, 2011
    70
    This is a simple, welcoming escapade that can (and probably should) be ignored by the vast majority of adult gamers this holiday season. Those with children or younger siblings however, would do rather well by giving this a look.
  14. Nov 5, 2011
    70
    An entertaining game, that is only recommendable for young kids for its excessive simplicity. It uses Disney characters but doesn't make the most of the license, but can be very fun when four people play.
  15. Oct 28, 2011
    70
    There's no other way to slice it: Disney Universe is for kids. Or perhaps for you and your kids. Much like the brand itself, the gameplay in Disney Universe is timeless, in that it's widely accessible and easy to understand. However, if you're looking for something deeper and more satisfyingly complex, there's not quite enough on the disc to stand on Disney fandom alone.
  16. 70
    Disney Universe is a sweet game, as you'd expect from the saccharin mouse. But it's not an ambitious game, and after playing for a couple of hours, the illusion of the dense level design wears off, and you might feel it's a little bit thin. With more going on, and more reasons to go back to conquered levels, this could have been brilliant.
  17. Oct 27, 2011
    70
    Has its problems, but it's a solid title bound to please its intended audience.
  18. Oct 26, 2011
    70
    There are enough clever ideas here to mitigate for its shallowness.
  19. Oct 25, 2011
    70
    Disney brings its whole universe in a single video game, forgetting to add a nice story and a more complex gameplay to please all the players and not only the youngest ones.
  20. Oct 27, 2011
    68
    Disney Universe could be too simple and thin for a real gamer, but the younger you are and the more friends you have, the better it gets.
  21. Nov 20, 2011
    66
    A great Disney fan service that appeals to a larger audience than you might think. [Christmas 2011, p.85]
  22. Oct 25, 2011
    65
    Disney Universe gets more interesting when you grab three friends (or kids) and play together, but so does just about everything. There's a nice little competitive element in the game, and players can sabotage their friends' efforts by hoarding power-ups and triggering traps. That said, the game is so shallow and repetitive that only the most easily amused will be able to slog their way through to the end credits, with or without companionship.
  23. 63
    A perfect game for kids, especially with four players, but the simplistic gameplay and rather small levels may soon begin to grate on everyone else. Plus for every unique idea there are a bunch of others that seems to be repeated over and over again. Disney Universe is a fun diversion but nothing more than that.
  24. Jan 12, 2012
    60
    With heavy inspiration from LittleBigPlanet and the Lego games, Disney Universe offers some enjoyable gaming moments that are suitable only for kids.
  25. Nov 1, 2011
    60
    Disney Universe is far from a bad game. Its general competency is evidence of a capable team that has cherry-picked designs (both systemic and aesthetic) from other titles and paired them with a clutch of inspiring licenses. But the disparate parts only click together in a rather mundane way, failing to capitalise fully on the licenses or match up to the quality of its video game inspirations.
  26. Oct 27, 2011
    60
    A fun riff on the Lego formula, and although it doesn't add anything other than an extra two players it's a fun diversion for Disney fans.
  27. 50
    If you're under ten, go ahead and buy this. You'll probably only feel slightly disappointed at worst. [Issue#79, p.82]
  28. Oct 28, 2011
    45
    Disney Universe isn't much of a Disney product--nor much of a game, either.
  29. Nov 9, 2011
    35
    Disney Universe is a misleading title. The game lacks the typical Disney magic and isn't that involved with the franchise. The only Disney related things in this game were a few costumes and the names of a few movies. Only the youngest of gamers might enjoy this.
  30. Dec 1, 2011
    30
    The inanely perfunctory gameplay fumbles in its derivative attempt to emulate the LEGO formula. [Christmas 2011, p.126]
  31. Oct 27, 2011
    30
    Quotation forthcoming.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Dec 9, 2011
    4
    You'll see pretty much all this game has to offer, literally in the first hour, but the game, unfortunately drones on for much longer. You can roam Disney with cute characters. It is pretty evident that Disney Interactive focused this towards children, but they tried to make a good game, hey who can blame 'em? It's a pretty often used business model, make cute characters, toss in the word "Disney" and every kid that sees it will beg their parents for it. If your child asks you for this game, don't give in. Instead (depending on their age), get them a new Sesame Street game for Kinect, it is geared towards little kids and is entertaining, and is actually a good quality game. Like I said before, the game gets boring after the first hour, and if you manage to see the credits, you don't feel like you accomplished something. Co-op does little to ease the pain. You can expect the same kind of co-op action as in Super Mario Bros. Wii (except you won't fall into pits), but the game still remains boring and offers little more than if you were playing solo. Full Review »
  2. Nov 10, 2011
    5
    This is not a kids game as there is a bit of things to do. Started off fun but found it really hard wanting to carry on as the game got boring quite fast, and the worse thing was to unlock every-thing you have to beat it twice. Full Review »