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: Disney Universe is the unexpected lovechild of the ongoing LEGO franchise and LittleBigPlanet . It makes little effort to hide its origins, borrowing the costumes and shenanigans of the latter, and the light platforming, puzzle-based brawling pedigree of the former. With the entire Disney pantheon at their disposal, Eurocom probably picked the right pair of series to ape, and meld.
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: Like a lot of kids growing up, I wanted to go to Disneyland. I don’t know exactly why but it just seemed like that’s what all the other kids did during their summer holidays and I felt I was missing out. While I didn’t get to go as a kid, I did go to Disney World on my honeymoon and I finally got to see what the hype was about. It was truly a magical place for everyone including kids and adults. When I was asked to review Disney Universe, I readily agreed knowing that...