Disney Infinity 3.0: Inside Out review
So how much fun can you get out of wandering Riley’s brain as either Joy, Anger, Sadness, Fear or Disgust?
To start with, the Inside Out playset is very fun and challenging without being impossible for the kids to get through (you can’t fall off most edges, have plenty of life and easy to get around most enemies). You don’t have to collect everything, but you’re free to do so as a challenge – and to collect XP to upgrade your character that is.
While I understand the developing time is under pressure, I would have loved if scenes from the movie were used in cutscenes, as the graphics for cutscenes are disappointing – it would be more enjoyable to watch and listen to the cutscenes. I’m sure most of these could be grabbed directly from the movie.
Levels consists of three at a time with 3-5 checkpoints, and they’re pretty fulfilling to play, as the levels aren’t only in one direction if you decide to explore, including upwards and downwards It’s quite easy to miss some of the collectibles, and you will certainly not meet the par time if you try to collect them all.
You will be playing either 2D or 3D platforming, with no control over the camera whatsoever. Begrudgingly, I began playing (the camera was the first thing I tried when I gained control over Joy after the intro), but after some playtime, I got used to not being able to control the camera. Not having camera control is not the worst thing, and it is definitely not game breaking.
The three best things in this game is; The characters comments while you’re playing, checkpoints where you can change to another character for a limited time without requiring the figurine, which essentially let you try all the characters in case you haven’t collected them all. Last but not least, each character has a skill which is vital to get through the levels.
Back at headquarters you can play “the matrix” which is a simple match-3 game reminding of games such as Bejeweled and Chuzzle, or you can go and start the next set of levels to play, which sends your character back out in the corners of the brain. These are shown in a confusing way, it took me a couple seconds to figure out what the different thing meant.
All in all, this is a very decent playset, and fans of the movie (there’s a lot of us) will love to go on the adventure with the characters they so love – and best of it all, you can do it with a friend or family member by adding two figures to the base set.
Miss; The variation is lacking – after the first six levels, it get’s boring as you are doing the same thing again and again.
Need; To follow up on the miss, if each bundle of levels ended with something out of the rest, could be a boss fight or shift of gameplay, it would break the grind.