Less violent than the console games and heavy on strategy.
Common Sense Media
6 February 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that this version of Toy Story 3 for the Nintendo DS (or DSi) is a completely different game from the console versions and that it is more appropriate for younger kids because its violence is less graphic and the action less frenetic. That said, there is some violence; and it is still too hard for kids younger than age 7 so that it will not be right for all kids seeing the movie.
Conclusion: For parents with smaller children, this is a good investment, and even adults will find a lot to enjoy in Toy Story 3. However, this game is a lot more boring and repetitive than it’s been hyped up to be. Except for Toy Story fanatics, this is merely a decent kids’ game, not a must-buy for the whole family.
Conclusion: In execution, however, the game is far from perfect. Disney Interactive Studios has treated the DS version of Toy Story 3: The Video Game much like the toys in the actual story, mistaking it for trash. Inspirational gameplay is marred by a lack of polish, and the characters and story deserve much more than what’s offered in the game’s presentation.
Summary: Toy Story 3 is a surprisingly enjoyable experience for gamers of all ages. You may just revisit your lost youth for a few hours in the story mode, and then go have some fun as an adult in the Toy Box.
Pros: The game immerses players in the Toy Story world, The quest-oriented Toy Box, A great co-op experience for all ages
Cons: The controls and camera are occasionally frustrating, Not overly deep, Short story mode
Excerpt: This month, you can welcome Toy Story 3, the first great sandbox game for younger gamers. The sandbox genre of games lets you choose and even create your own kind of adventure. It sets you free to do exactly what you want to do — your way. There are two ways to play Toy Story 3. First, you can play in story mode. That game follows the tale of Pixar’s new movie (which is probably the best movie of the summer).
Conclusion: It's no secret that Toy Story 3 is aimed at younger gamers, but just in the same way that many of Disney / Pixar's animated films are aimed at the kids, they still give the accompanying adults a couple of laughs along the way, and this game has enough in it to keep most fans of platform adventures happy, at least for a couple of hours.
Pros: Fantastically vibrant environments, Varied gameplay, Toy Box mode almost a full game all on its own, Typically top-notch Disney soundtrack
Cons: Occasionally clumsy controls can frustrate, Not really ideal for mature gamers, Longer missions can start to drag a bit