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.
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.
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: With so much to play, collect and unlock, there’s a helluva lot to love about Disney Universe. However, it’s a little difficult to assume that most of you reading are going to be the ones loving it.
Pros: Many varied, recognizable levels, Wonderful Disney/Pixar remixes, Choosing your own adventure with the Level Playlist
Cons: Only six worlds?!, Repetitive combat, 20+ year old Disneyana is underrepresented
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.
Excerpt: The aesthetic is squint-view LitteBigPlanet, the soundtrack is a mixture of kindergarten chiptunes and sugary tween-pop and the building-block mechanics are lifted from the child-friendly Lego Star Wars.