Toy Story Mania
Skip The Theme Park Lines And Bring The Carnival Fun Home With Toy Story Mania
What It Is
There has been a lot of Toy Story talk lately with details of the next animated film, Toy Story 3, slinking onto the Internet, despite the veil of secrecy that Disney and Pixar have drawn over it. Suffice it to say, that it’s going to be the entertainment event of next summer. But don’t let all the talk confuse you about the new game, Toy Story Mania, which is not a movie tie-in but rather a video game inspired by the attraction at the Disney theme Parks. This video game features the famous Toy Story characters, Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang in carnival style mini-games that up to four people can play together.
Why It’s Fun
The game contains 30 addictive and wacky mini-games that utilize the Wii’s motion-sensing capabilities to recreate the action, excitement and fun of a theme park midway. In the ring toss game for example, players compete against one another to see who can hit the most targets, which happen to be the aliens from the movie’s arcade claw-grab game. The targets pop in and out of view with over-the-top lights and visual displays splashing across the screen when players hit the targets. All the players play simultaneously, adding to the frenetic and fun pace of the game. After each game, prizes are awarded based on performance, which adds a level of good-natured competition to the game. Additionally, players can work together and team-up on certain mini-games to unlock hidden “Easter eggs” and collectibles.
Who’s Going To Love It
This is an ideal family-themed party game that gives adults and kids a video game that they can play and enjoy together. Fans of the movies and theme park attractions will really enjoy the game because they will get a lot of the “inside” jokes and movie references.
What To Be Aware Of
There are two modes to this game—Story and Free Play. You have to start the game in Story mode because as you complete mini-games in this mode you will unlock them in Free Play, which allows you to return and play the mini-game at any time.
Toy Story Mania is sold with two pairs of 3D glasses that can be used on the handful of 3D bonus games. This 3D feature is cute and works well enough, however, it isn’t necessary to play the game.
Some people report that they get headaches from playing too long with the 3D glasses, so you’ll want to pay attention and not play in that mode too long if that happens.
2 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 Mania
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Genre: Party Games/Family Entertainment
Players: 1 - 4
Available: Now, at most major retail and toy stores as well as electronic gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: September 2009
Date of Review: October 2009