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. So, if you’re in the minority of people who looked at our recent reviews of Uncharted 3 or Arkham City and said “Meh, that’s not for me… got anything simpler?” then Disney Universe might have something to offer.
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
Conclusion: I really wanted to be generous and give the game 2 stars for at least having a slight amount of amusement, but then I would play the game again and realize why it is so monumentally terrible. If you are thinking of playing the game, do yourself a favor and for the X amount of hours it would take to finish the game punch yourself in the private areas; you'd come out better off for it and still have a few dollars in your pocket.
Excerpt: At the end of the day, Disney Universe is a decent game for adults, but it’s not something you’ll play for long. Kids, on the other hand, will probably spend tons of time playing through each level in order to unlock all of the games’ 45 costumes. Disney has promised additional content (costumes and levels) via DLC, with The Nightmare Before Christmas available now and a Muppets and Jungle Book pack scheduled for early 2012.
Pros: Lots of extra costumes, DLC on the way
Cons: Very repetitive, co-op often more frustrating than fun
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 invites you to explore virtual versions of your favorite Disney adventures — a great concept that could’ve easily fizzled in practice. Fortunately, thanks to some smart conceptual adaptations and a dose of Disney magic, this game comes vibrantly to life. The fun starts the minute you suit up.
Pros: + Wacky action-puzzling equals fun for gamers of all ages., + Cartoon co-op was never this competitive.
Cons: ? Who hasn’t always wanted to try on Mickey’s pants?
Excerpt: xRegular readers here are no stranger to my strange obsession with Disney. Of course, we're not talking the High School Musical Shake it Up version of Disney, but the old school, classic animation, Walt variety. I'm also a huge fan of Media Molecule's Little Big Planet series of games, so when I first saw Disney Universe , which looked like a cross between the two properties, I was instantly excited - turns out I should have reigned that in a bit.
Conclusion: It can be hard to reach a fair score considering that the game is aimed squarely at a much younger target audience, but there’s no denying that Disney Universe holds its fair share of charm and harmless joys. The music – particularly that of the main menu – is unashamedly funky, as are the remixes of classic Disney tunes, although these can be almost unrecognisable at times.
Conclusion: Disney Universe is a perfect game for kids, especially with four players, but the simplistic gameplay and rather small levels may soon begin to grate on everyone else. Plus for every unique idea there are a bunch of others that seems to be repeated over and over again. Disney Universe is a fun diversion but nothing more than that.