Toy Story 3: The Video Game

Bring The Fun of Toy Story Home With Toy Story 3: The Video Game

What It Is

I’m guessing that if you are reading this review that it is safe to assume you have heard of a little film called, Toy Story 3. It should also come as no surprise to hear that there is a video game based on that movie. Toy Story 3: The Video Game, lets fans play through some of the most exciting scenes from the movie, explore locations seen in the movie and interact with the movie’s characters.

The game features two modes—Story Mode and Toy Box Mode. In Story Mode, players will jump into the movie’s action scenes and play through the adventures as the movie characters in linear, mission based adventures, such as the train rescue. In Toy Box mode, players enter an open, sim-style world where they can use their imaginations and creativity while playing with all of Andy’s toys in an open-ended game configuration.

Why It’s Fun

Each level in Story Mode is a different objective-based game. In some levels, the player is racing through an obstacle course (ala Sonic the Hedgehog) while in others, players will explore a location and need to switch from character to character to utilize each’s unique abilities in getting through the level. Story Mode is fun but I have to say that Toy Box Mode really kicks the fun up a notch and turns this from a good movie-based game into a great game in general.

In Toy Box Mode, kids can play as Woody, Buzz or Jessie and explore Woody’s Roundup, an old west-style town, where the player is sheriff and responsible for the town and it’s inhabitants. This is an entirely open world where players can pick and choose the missions they want to complete or spend all their time decorating the buildings, dressing the town’s folk and mining for gold. Missions can be short and easy, such as finding a few items scattered around the town, or longer and more involved such as figuring out how to break the bandit’s dam and restore the water to town. The more missions a player completes, the more areas of the town, games, objects and missions are unlocked.

There are prize capsules (like the ones in supermarket gumball machines) all over the town, and every one contains an item that can be used in the town. Capsules contain different types of paint, clothes, hats and hairstyles that players can use to customize the town and the inhabitants. The game rewards players for their creativity, and kids can get as crazy as they want and do anything from decorating a building to look like Nemo to dressing the local artist in a Wall-E outfit. Items are not limited to Disney properties either and give players the ability to change colors, styles and more.

Who’s Going To Love It

Story Mode is surprisingly challenging, and although the movie will appeal to kids as young as three, the game is better suited for kids six and up.

The game is rated Everyone 10+ because of the cartoon violence and comic mischief. The most violent act I noticed while playing was the ability to grab a character and throw or drop kick it. Like everything else in the game, this move was accompanied by goofy sound effects and the thrown characters pop up after landing and go on about their business - no harm done.

What To Be Aware Of

This game has massive replay value thanks to the Toy Box mode. Kids can spend weeks playing and always have something new to do in this mode.

The game is basically a single-player game, however, there are opportunities in Toy Box Mode for a second player to join in.

Fun Scale

5 out of 5

It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!

Video Game Information

Toy Story 3: The Video Game
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Rated: Everyone 10+

System: PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, Mac, PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Players: 1 - 2

SRP: $49.99 (PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360), $29.99 (Mac, PC)
Available: Now, at most major retail, toy, gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: June 15, 2010
Date of Review: July 2010

*Rating determined by the ESRB

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