Excerpt: "Thank you for my birthday money. I spent it on two very good Harry Potter games." I received this message from my 11-year-old cousin recently. It was painstakingly typed out at home and printed in some godawful font over clipart of a wrapped present. It broke my heart. Poor boy, I thought, he's played so many shoddy cash-ins and dodgy mini-game collections that he doesn't even know what a good game is. When I was 11, Sonic came out.
Excerpt: As a self-proclaimed Disney aficionado, being asked to review Disney Universe seemed inevitable. I’ve been around Mickey and company my entire life, from seeing the animated films in the early 90s to multiple trips to Walt Disney World in Orlando, I am quite familiar with the House of Mouse. Disney Universe had a LittleBigPlanet type of charm to it: customizable costumes, large levels, and co-op play.
Summary: Universally simple and repetitive, the Disney magic doesn't last long
Pros: Easy to play; well-done movie-themed worlds; great variety of costumes; up to four players; animals you can ride and attack with; many puzzles to solve in every level.
Cons: Poor camera angles; same floating box used for power-ups/bonuses is confusing; power-ups sometimes useless and frustrating; very repetitive level and enemy formulas; multi-player too chaotic to follow.
Excerpt: Disney have a winner on their hands with their latest arcade game entitled DISNEY UNIVERSE that allows gamers of all ages to enjoy the wondrous creations and beyond of the late Walt Disney . Best of all, many of the iconic characters of this universe (sort of) are available in this title as gamers explore a variety of Disney themed environments from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures.
Excerpt: In theory puzzle/platformer ‘Disney Universe’ has the potential to be epic. Taking the tried and tested gameplay formula from games in the much-loved LEGO franchise, and paring it with the juggernaut that is the Disney license should create something fantastic. Can it really be the ultimate family game?
Pros: A sizeable game, with replay value., Looks nice., Collecting suits can be addictive., Co-op is a blast., Absolutely appeals to its target audience.