Generally favorable reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
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  1. Oct 21, 2014
    With intuitive controls and great tunes, Disney’s Fantasia: Music Evolved is not only a fantastic rhythm game, but one of the best Kinect games ever made.
  2. Nov 25, 2014
    The Disney magic shines brightly in Fantasia: Music Evolved, and Harmonix has delivered another great reason to own a Kinect.
  3. Oct 21, 2014
    Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is a solid, entertaining game that's not too challenging for kids and whose main story I completed in about six-and-a-half hours.
  4. Oct 21, 2014
    If there's a "must-have" game for the Kinect, this is it.
  5. Oct 22, 2014
    Harmonix succeeds on a variety of levels. Fantasia works well as a rhythm game. It works well as a movie game that builds on the films’ premise and history. And not to forget it shows that Kinect can be a welcome addition to the gaming experience.
  6. Oct 21, 2014
    While it won’t have the party appeal that comes with instruments, it’s a more intuitive, beautiful, and creative experience.
  7. Oct 21, 2014
    Fantasia: Music Evolved provides a surprising amount of control and personalization options over each song, which is paired with fun gameplay to bring a fresh new style to the music game genre.
  8. Nov 20, 2014
    Music Evolved may be a rhythm game at its core, but it's an inventive one and is recommendable to anyone who spent a lot of time with Guitar Hero, Rock Band, or similar games.
  9. Nov 5, 2014
    Fantasia: Music Evolved is a surprisingly fun game that works incredibly well with Kinect. The game play is fun and offers up a fresh new style to the rhythm game genre.
  10. Oct 28, 2014
    Fantasia is a passionate and fully enjoyable tribute to music, it's a pity that it could have been so much better from a visual standpoint.
  11. Oct 28, 2014
    I for one found Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved to be a very enjoyable experience and one that I will certainly pick up from time to time even after the magic has worn off.
  12. Oct 22, 2014
    Harmonix proves they know how to make a great music game, different from all the dancing-based competitions.
  13. Oct 21, 2014
    If Harmonix’s latest project at times fails to find footing as a traditional game, it makes up for it by invoking a novel experience of discovery, creation, and involvement with music.
  14. CD-Action
    Feb 7, 2015
    Fantasia’s gameplay is fresh and unbelievably addictive. More songs would be welcome, but I suppose Disney’s going to flood us with gazillion DLCs. [01/2015, p.63]
  15. Feb 5, 2015
    By the end of my time with Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, my arms were aching, and my shoulders were stiff, but I had had a great time.
  16. Dec 9, 2014
    It’s not going to surpass Rock Band as the de facto music party game, neither is it going to save Kinect. But, as a potential swansong to Microsoft’s neglected camera, Fantasia: Music Evolved is more than worthy.
  17. Nov 30, 2014
    A unique and very revealing game, something capable of totally immersing us in the songs we'll be playing.
  18. Nov 29, 2014
    Fantasia Music Evolved is a great music game for the XBox One that works very well on the Kinect 2.
  19. 80
    It’s fun to get up and wiggle my hands to music, what can I say?
  20. Oct 28, 2014
    Fantasia brings something completely new to the music/rhythm game genre. It's fun - if somewhat tiring - to play, and packs a broad and interesting array of tunes that you can remix on the fly. Very clever stuff - but will it be the last of its kind? Only time will tell.
  21. Oct 27, 2014
    The title does a phenominal job of tracking the player's movements, bridges the gap between a video game and its player through the use of a highly-interactive medium, and can make the player really feel like they're in control of the music better than any other music game ever.
  22. Oct 24, 2014
    Most impressively, perhaps, Harmonix have implemented Kinect with confidence and skill, so that it never feels like a chore or a gimmick, instead it is the perfect control method for conducting and crafting magical melodies.
  23. Oct 23, 2014
    Interesting and, somehow, refreshing experience for musical devotees. Top music selection and atmosphere.
  24. Oct 21, 2014
    If you have an Xbox One and a Kinect, you should have Fantasia: Music Evolved in your library, not only because it's the thing that shows off how well your Kinect can work, but also because it's an immediately accessible and fun party game.
  25. Oct 21, 2014
    With great rhythm gameplay and creative composition, Fantasia: Music Evolved is a colorful title that earns its Fantasia name.
  26. Oct 21, 2014
    a pleasant surprise and one that I’ll happily rope family and friends into playing. There are a few niggles, but the gameplay is immensely satisfying and the tracking spot on.
  27. Oct 21, 2014
    I'm just glad that the gameplay is so solid and feels so new that the sound of a less-than-desirable song is still something worth playing.
  28. Oct 21, 2014
    Makes me feel like a graceful performance artist, a skillful sorcerer, and a master musician all at once.
  29. Oct 21, 2014
    The magical combination of two creative powerhouses in Disney and Harmonix has produced one of the best Kinect rhythm games to date. Like no other to come before it, Fantasia: Music Evolved combines the required accuracy of the best of the genre with wholly enjoyable remixing tools that allow players to create new compositions on the fly merely with their hands.
  30. It’s wonderfully accessible. The music library here has something for everyone, and the interface is so intuitive that players of all skill and experience levels can play without much worry of failure. It ought to prove a hit at family game nights and small social gatherings alike.
  31. Oct 29, 2014
    Like everything Disney inspires, it’s the colorful and playful energy that will keep you coming back. It’s just tough to stay excited about waving your arms around for very long.
  32. Nov 6, 2014
    Kinect, Disney and dancing: do not get thrown off by what Fantasia: Music Evolved represents. This is an original rhythm game in which you can feel the love from the makers. Kinect works perfectly and it is a pity the story mode is so brief. Thankfully there is lots more to explore after the credits.
  33. Nov 3, 2014
    The core gameplay is great fun; it’s just that getting to it can be somewhat of a huge drag. Having the songs locked in a boring campaign and the inclusion of long loading screens really took a lot of the fun away.
  34. Oct 21, 2014
    Waving your arms in front of your TV like you’re conducting some kind of cosmic orchestra is a surprising amount of fun, but the lack of content leaves the experience feeling a bit bare.
  35. Jan 8, 2015
    With Fantasia: Music Evolved Harmonix delivers a great mix of music and dancing games. To fill the screen with fireworks and music by waving your arms is incredibly fun and addicting. Unfortunately Kinect is not always reliable and you will regularly miss notes for no reason. Luckily that does not prevent Fantasia from being one of the best Kinect games so far.
  36. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Dec 3, 2014
    Joyous and colourful, it's a shame that the motion tracking can be off at times. [Xmas 2014, p.79]
  37. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Dec 2, 2014
    Harmonix once again proves that it's the best at what it does. [Issue#118, p.85]
  38. Nov 10, 2014
    This is arguably two games: One is a tiresome, frustrating battle just to get to the good parts, and the other one, which you can only get to by accident or with knowledge ahead of time, is a thrilling addition to the rhythm game genre.
  39. 70
    The gameplay really is to be commended, even though in aiming for the mass market, musically, Fantasia loses a bit of its soul.
  40. Oct 27, 2014
    Harmonix managed to make a good rhythm game and a good Kinect game in Fantasia : Music Evolved. Even if it's not perfect and mainly lacking of classic Disney songs that could make it a perfect experience for it audience, kids, this production can entertain a few hours thanks to its mechanics and varied track list.
  41. Oct 21, 2014
    The kids will have fun with Fantasia: Music Evolved, another example of the Harmonix prowess. Kinect recognizes the movements well and the playlist is long.
  42. Oct 21, 2014
    A game of highs and lows. The highs are extreme, and while the lows are less so, they are still indeed lows. You’ll see the credits roll in single player mode within a few short hours and while there are still plenty of mixes to unlock once that happens, for a few reasons it’s tough to see where the replay value will come from outside of the odd multiplayer battle.
  43. Oct 21, 2014
    The original Fantasia was a thing of remarkable wonder and playful experimentation, and the fact that Fantasia: Music Evolved could capture even a small portion of that is an achievement. But, much like Apprentice Mickey, you're going to have to carry water for Music Evolved's strung-out structure before it lets you have any fun.
  44. Nov 5, 2014
    Fantasia: Music Evolved is an unusual concept. It brings some new air to the musical games' family as it allows you to become a conductor. Unfortunately, Kinect suffers from an unwelcome latency and the tracklist is quite irrelevant.
  45. games(TM)
    Dec 18, 2014
    Don't rush out and purchase the camera if you don't already have one in your cupboard. [Issue#155, p.127]
  46. Edge Magazine
    Dec 6, 2014
    Fantasia is a novel twist on the music name, then, but one lacking the sprinkling of Disney magic its title promises. [Christmas 2014, p.122]
  47. Oct 21, 2014
    It's a game capable of delivering real moments of magic, but is too often marred by inconsistent Kinect controls that can turn those feelings of joy into frustration.
  48. Nov 7, 2014
    The concept is fine in its basic form, and it emulates the Disney like conducting from the movie The Sorcerers Apprentice in an entertaining way. However, Kinect's more unpredictable elements makes for some bumpy moments at times.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 67
  2. Negative: 13 out of 67
  1. Oct 21, 2014
    I have been a fan of the music game genre for years and have been wondering where it was going to move to after rock band 3. This game hasI have been a fan of the music game genre for years and have been wondering where it was going to move to after rock band 3. This game has clearly shown where music games should be. The kinect controls are are fantastic, I was able to play while sitting down which made it easier to play for a longer period. The song choices keep it interesting to play the story and I was pleasantly surprised how fun it was to go from the Police to Mozart and then to Lorde and Queen. This was the most fun I've had with Kinect at any time and it is seamless and effortless controls. As was the case with Rock Band and Guitar Hero, calibration is important. I highly recommend this title to any fan of the music game genre. Full Review »
  2. Oct 21, 2014
    Excellent game and something different for a change, there is a demo on Xbox Live to try out and it really is worth downloading to get an ideaExcellent game and something different for a change, there is a demo on Xbox Live to try out and it really is worth downloading to get an idea of the game. Full Review »
  3. Nov 3, 2014
    I bought the digital deluxe copy on day one based on the demo. It was worth every single penny. Incredible technical example of good KinectI bought the digital deluxe copy on day one based on the demo. It was worth every single penny. Incredible technical example of good Kinect integration. 100% fun and you can try it out for free via the demo if you don't believe me. My wife and I play this together several times a week and both of us love it. Sure it's a little corny in places, but the songs are all top notch and the remix system is a blast. I firmly believe that this is better than Rock Band and Just Dance combined. Full Review »