PC (Downloadable Toy Box)
August 18, 2013 (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, 3DS)
Disney Infinity is a video game developed by Avalanche Software and published by Disney Interactive that was released in August 18, 2013. Similar to Skylanders, the video game uses collectible figurines that are then synthesized within the game, allowing for characters from Disney and Pixar properties (including Cars) to interact and go on adventures.
The game was released for Wii, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS in August 2013. A PC version was also released on November 14, 2013. A portable Toy Box was also released exclusively for the iPad, along with another app for mobile devices called Disney Infinity: Action!, where you can edit the characters into your own personal videos.
The game has the player place their Disney Infinity figures onto the circular spots of the Disney Infinity base to jump into the game and come alive in a fully animated interactive world. With the exception of non-humanoid characters such as those from the Cars series, each character has a double jump and a default set of attacks, as well as an ability unique to each figure. For example, Sulley can roar to scare others whilst Violet and Randall can turn invisible. There are two main modes in the game: Play Set and Toy Box.
Play Set Mode
Play Set Mode has Disney Infinity play sets of films which are accessed via placing the relevant play set piece onto the hexagonal spot of the Infinity Base. Some examples include Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters University, The Incredibles, Cars, The Lone Ranger and Toy Story. These play sets have their own unique campaign, which can be played with up to two players. The player takes control of characters, and plays as them in original adventures in different worlds. In these worlds, the player battles enemies, solves puzzles, overcomes obstacles and completes a variety of other unique quests. Each play set is essentially a self-contained world, based on a specific movie or series with recognizable characters, gameplays and storylines. Characters from one world cannot enter into another world, meaning two figures from the same series are required to play a play-set in split-screen multiplayer. Playing through the play sets unlocks objects and vehicles that can be used in the Toy Box Mode.
Toy Box mode
Toy Box Mode allows the player to create their own world and stories, similar to Toy Box Mode in Toy Story 3: The Video Game. It also allows the player to mix and match everything that is unlocked within the play sets including characters, weapons and gadgets. There are various "adventures" in this mode, which help teach the player how to use the mode's tools. Players can also earn "spins", which can be used to unlock additional items in the Toy Box, by playing through play sets as well as the "adventures" for the first time, or leveling up their characters. The mode supports online multiplayer, in which players can play around with items that only the other player has, albeit only during that session.
A portable Toy Box became available in late 2013, exclusively for the iPad. A version of the Toy Box is also available for the Microsoft Windows personal computer. These versions of the Toy Box utilize the web codes included with each Disney Infinity character.
The Starter Pack edition of the game is bundled with three figurines (James P. Sullivan, Captain Jack Sparrow and Mr. Incredible), the play set piece for Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Incredibles, and an Infinity Base. The Infinity Base has two round spots to place figurines, and a hexagonal spot to place play set pieces. When the figurines are placed on the Infinity Base, the characters are imported into the game, while play set pieces unlock Play Sets.
Power Discs are discs that can be placed on the Infinity Base along with their characters to add new elements to the game. Players can use up to three environment enhancements (Hexagonal Power Discs) that can only be used in the toy box mode, and up to two character enhancements (Circular Power Discs) per character. The environment enhancements can alter the terrain, change the background "sky," add new vehicles or add new weapons. The character enhancements will alter things about the character such as damage done, replenish health, allow for faster experience gain for leveling and so on. One Power Disc is included with the Starter Pack whilst additional discs are sold in blind bags each containing two discs.
Following a delay, the PC version of Disney Infinity was released on November 14, 2013. This version is available free of charge, and can be downloaded from the official Disney Infinity website. This version originally contained only the game's Toy Box mode, similar to the iPad version. However, a patch was released on February 28, 2014 that added in all six Play Sets, putting it on par with the console versions. The game features several changes from the console version, however. The game does not support the Infinity Base. Instead, characters are unlocked either by purchasing them from the Disney Infinity website (at a discounted rate, due to the lack of a physical figurine) or by redeeming a web code card included with the physical figurines. Since Power Discs do not come with web codes, they must be purchased from the PC Shop. The game also does not support multiplayer, though players can link up with the console version to share Toy Boxes between the two versions.
Due to the space limitations of the Wii platform, some design decisions had to be made in the game. The gameplay does not have online play or multiplayer in Play Sets, but there is multiplayer in Toy Box. That means: smaller play set worlds, no downloadable or shareable toy box worlds. Toy Box version has only 6 different Toy Box Worlds, each with different toys and tools.
Different from the console and PC versions, the Nintendo 3DS version of the game is a party game, in which up to four players play on various themed game boards and participate in various minigames. The Toy Box mode can be used to create new game boards. This version uses its own Infinity Base, which has only one character slot compared to the console version, and connects to the 3DS wirelessly.
Play Set pieces are available at retail stores, bundled with two figures, with the exception of the Monsters University, Incredibles and Pirates of the Caribbean sets, which all come on one piece and in the starter pack.
So far, six play sets have been revealed, with the Toy Story in Space play set released on October 22, 2013.
|Monsters University Play Set||Play as Mike, Sulley or Randy through a prank war between rivaling schools Monsters University and Fear Tech.|
|The Incredibles Play Set||Play as The Incredibles as they work to stop Syndrome from taking over Metroville.|
|Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set||Play as Jack Sparrow, Barbossa or Davy Jones as they help stop Davy Jones from making off with the treasure.|
|Cars Play Set||Play through Radiator Springs and help complete missions for the townsfolk.|
|The Lone Ranger Play Set||Play as The Lone Ranger or Tonto in the Wild West.|
Each character has different abilities, and an adventure unique to that character. Sulley, Jack Sparrow and Mr. Incredible are included in the starter pack, while all of the other characters are sold separately, at a retail of $13.99.
Placing a figure on the base allows you to play as that character.
So far, only characters from Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters University, The Incredibles, Cars, The Lone Ranger, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Tangled and Toy Story are announced, but also other characters from franchises such as Phineas and Ferb and Fantasia.
|Captain Jack Sparrow||Join Captain Jack Sparrow in an epic adventure of pirates, treasures, and sea battles. Lead him on his merry and slightly unbalanced way across the Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set. Savvy?|
|Barbossa||He’s a master swordsman and a powerful character to wield. Barbossa is the much-feared, mutinous ex-first-mate of Jack Sparrow and fun to play in the Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set.|
|Davy Jones||The demon of the deep, Davy Jones is feared by all who sail the seven seas. Beware of the sword-fighting feats and writhing tentacles of the Pirates of the Caribbean villain.|
|Sulley||The big, loveable future scarer is in training at the Monsters University Play Set. Bust a few cycling moves across campus, set up traps for unsuspecting monsters, and avoid lectures.|
|Mike||Join the campus clown in the Monsters University Play Set. Use a megaphone to scare rival monsters, study being sneaky, or just let Mike perform his signature jig.|
|Randy||When it comes to creeping into the rival campus for some scare-worthy sabotage, Randy is the sneakiest one in the Monsters University Play Set.|
|Mr. Incredible||Dedicated to saving the world, Mr. Incredible uses his super strength and super combo attacks to vanquish Syndrome!|
|Mrs. Incredible||With her super-stretch skills, Mrs. Incredible can whip across town, yank objects closer, and swing up buildings. Evil-doers beware!|
|Dash||Play The Incredibles Play Set as the fastest kid on the block—Dash. Don’t just fight the dreaded the enemy, run circles around them with your superhuman speed.|
|Violet||Violet has done her fair share of protecting and her plasma shield is perfect for the job in The Incredibles Play Set. Her power of invisibility also comes in handy for avoiding trouble.|
|Syndrome||He's the flame-haired fanboy and self-appointed nemesis in The Incredibles Play Set. Join Syndrome in his campaign to take over the city and put The Incredibles in danger's way. What happens is up to you!|
|Mater||Don’t judge a book by its cover. Mater might be a bit rusty, but he’s also got power under his hood. He’s built for towing too, so he’s one of the more helpful vehicles in the Cars Play Set.|
|Lightning McQueen||Whatever the task, Lightning McQueen is quick to react. Whether he’s jumping a canyon, trailblazing through desert, or towing another character in the Cars Play Set, nothing slows him down.|
|Holley||Holley Shiftwell is as sharp and smart as she looks. Trained for any terrain, take Holley for a spin and she’ll make even the hardest corners in the Cars Play Set feel like child’s play.|
|Francesco||Top European racer Francesco thinks he’s the hottest thing since wheels were invented. With his high-speed racing and gadgetry, the sleek Italian car is Lightning’s chief rival. Francesco can zip around the Cars Play Set and still have enough juice for showing off afterwards.|
|The Lone Ranger||There’s never a dull moment playing the smart-shooting, masked man of justice. Even with the odds stacked against you, you can use your climbing, riding, and bullet-ricocheting skills to win in the Lone Ranger Play Set.|
|Tonto||He’s the intelligent, Tomahawk-throwing partner of the Lone Ranger and always fun to play. Tonto is excellent on a horse, a feared adversary, and quite stylish with his crow headgear.|
|Jack Skellington||Join the suave Pumpkin King of Halloween Town as he adds his own charm to the various pranks and stunts in Disney Infinity.|
|Woody||Woody is a cowboy that runs fast and jumps high. He can throw a Pixar ball as a special ability, and can also shoulder bash.|
|Buzz Lightyear||Toy Story In Space Play Set finds this intrepid space ranger in his element. Have fun as you boldly go to those parts of Disney Infinity others toys fear to go.|
|Jessie||This Cowgirl is constantly cracking a grin (rather than a whip) and is a burst of athletic energy within the Toy Story Play Set.|
|Anna||Anna's warm and caring character will melt any heart. Her courage is boundless and she's always ready with climbing hook and shovel swing to tackle whatever icy mountain or monster snowman gets in her way.|
|Elsa||Elsa is the Snow Queen and quite a powerful character to have fun with. She's also strikingly beautiful, so if she doesn't freeze your world first, she'll definitely charm it with her presence.|
|Rapunzel||Rapunzel's beautifully illuminated adventure challenges you to collect all the lanterns before time runs out.|
|Wreck-It Ralph||Like knocking down stuff? Then Wreck-It Ralph is the character for you. Enjoy smashing the competition along with anything else that's in the way, just clench those huge fists and pound up some brick dust!|
|Vanellope||Vanellope, also known as the Glitch, is hard-coded for speed. She's also agile and can teleport glitch style through any adventure. She's also no stranger to competition, so she'll always put up a fight.|
|Phineas||Phineas is part kid, part inventor and all round a fun character. Let him drop some science on any enemy with his handy Baseball shooter.|
|Agent P||Agent P is an unflappable platypus under pressure. This is partly due to his private eye training and partly due to the fact that he can throw his Fedora with devastating accuracy.|
|Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey||He's the icon that hardly needs an introduction. Mickey is a naturally adventurous character, so Disney Infinity is a dream come true for him! He's an eternal optimist, regardless of the crazy worlds he will find along the way.|
Non-Playable Characters (from Cars)
- Finn McMissile
- Grem (on concept art)
- Chick Hicks
- Shu Todoroki
- Carla Veloso
- The King
- Rotor Turbosky
|Bolt's Super Strength||Enables a 2% chance of inflicting 15 additional damage in combat.|
|Fix-It Felix's Repair Power||Gives the character a 25% chance of receiving 100 more health in battle.|
|C.H.R.O.M.E. Armor Shield||Enables a 3% chance of being invincible for 4 seconds. If two are stacked, there will be a 6% chance.|
|Pieces of Eight||Allows a 2% chance to collect more loot in play sets.|
|Mickey's Car||Gives the character the ability to drive around in Mickey's car.|
|Cinderella's Coach||Makes Cinderella's coach appear in Toy Box mode for the character to ride in.|
|Khan||Enables the ability to ride on Khan, Mulan's horse.|
|Stitch's Blaster||Use Stitch's blaster to battle enemies from a distance.|
|Carl Fredricksen's Cane||Carl Fredricksen's cane will be added to your tools collection, so you can whack enemies with it.|
|King Candy's Dessert Toppings||Changes the terrain to the same of the Sugar Rush video game.|
|Sugar Rush Sky||Changes the sky and music to match that of the Sugar Rush video game.|
|Alice's Wonderland||Changes the theme of your Toy Box world to Wonderland.|
|Tulgey's Wood||Change the sky and music of your toy box world to that of Wonderland.|
|Marlin's Reef||Changes the terrain to look like the bottom of the ocean.|
|Nemo's Seascape||Change the sky to look like the ocean.|
|Rapunzel's Kingdom||Changes the terrain to resemble that of Tangled.|
|Rapunzel's Birthday Sky||Changes the sky and music to that of Tangled.|
|Dumbo the Flying Elephant||Makes the Dumbo Disney Parks ride appear in Toy Box mode for the character to ride in.|
|Astro Blasters Space Cruiser||Gives the character the ability to drive around in the Astro Blasters Space Cruiser.|
|Abu the Elephant||Makes Abu in his elephant form appear in Toy Box mode for the character to ride on.|
|Ralph's Power of Destruction||In-game character has a chance to deal extra damage.|
|Dr. Doofenshmirtz Damage-inator!||In-game character weapons have a chance to do more damage.|
|Electro-charge||In-game character has a chance to gain more health.|
|Star Command Shield||In-game character has a chance to receive less damage.|
|User Control||In-game character has a chance to gain experience at a faster rate.|
|Pizza Planet Delivery Truck||Drive the Pizza Planet Truck from Toy Story inside the Toy Box.|
|Maximus||Ride Maximus from Tangled inside the Toy Box.|
|Headless Horseman's Horse||Ride the Headless Horseman's Horse inside the Toy Box.|
|Flamingo's Croquet Mallet||In-game character gets the Flamingo croquet mallet from Alice in Wonderland inside the Toy Box.|
|Hangin' Ten Stitch with Surfboard||In-game character gets a hover surfboard with Stitch on the front of it inside the Toy Box.|
|Mike's New Car||Drive Mike Wazowski's car inside the Toy Box.|
|Frozen Flourish||Make all of the terrain objects in the Toy Box themed to the Frozen film.|
|Chill in the Air||Make the sky in the Toy Box themed to the Frozen film.|
|New Holland Skyline||Make the sky in the Toy Box themed to the Frankenweenie film.|
|Victor's Experiments||Make all of the terrain objects in the Toy Box themed to the Frankenweenie film.|
|Halloweentown Sky||Changes the terrain to resemble that of The Nightmare Before Christmas.|
|Jack's Scary Decorations||Make the sky in the Toy Box themed to The Nightmare Before Christmas.|
|Electric Mayhem Bus||Get on this ride to mayhem from your favorite Muppet show.|
|Condorman Glider||If you like Condors and flying gracefully, then this will be your favorite Power Disc.|
|Jolly Roger||This vehicle is perfect for one-handed airborne pirates who like to cackle.|
In the Toy Box mode, adventures can be accessed by stepping on the red circle on the Disney Infinity hub. There are two types of adventures: basic adventures, and character adventures. Basic adventures can be accessed by any character, while character adventures can only be accessed when a certain character is present. The Cars characters can only access Castles & Slingshots, Sumo, racing adventures and their own adventures.
Xbox One, PlayStation 4 potential
Avalanche Software stated that Disney Infinity toys will be supported on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, and future next generation versions of Disney Infinity will likely result in a game that will be "way more beautiful," offer "a whole lot more" content, "or both." Disney Interactive Studios has not confirmed development, and no release dates have been set for possible Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions.
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes
There were rumors of discussions to use characters from other properties owned by Disney such as the Marvel Universe and Star Wars, who are reported to be in development.
On April 30, 2014, Disney announced a follow-up game, Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes, for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, iOS, PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in Q4 2014, featuring characters from the Marvel Comics universe, as the first installment of Disney Infinity 2.0. The game will feature improved Toy Box editor tools and introduces Toy Box Games, discs which allows players to create games based on genres such as tower defense. The game will also be compatible with all figurines and accessories from the previous Disney Infinity. The starter pack will contain figures for Avengers characters Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow, with figures of Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Maleficent and Merida being released separately alongside the game.
Disney Infinity received mostly positive reviews from critics. It received a 74 and 75 out of 100 on review aggregrator site Metacritic, for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 respectively.
The sandbox mode, namely the Toy Box Mode, received much praise. Steven O'Donnell of Good Game: Spawn Point stated that "it's a bit like Minecraft in that you're dropped into an open world that you can then build some pretty spectacular structures in." Kevin VanOrd of GameSpot called the Toy Box "a gleefully entertaining shared space," and greatly preferred it over the story mode.
The figurines of the playable characters received mixed to positive reactions. Daniel Krupa of IGN said that they're "well-made statues," and that "each one really captures the personality of that character with a charismatic stance." The soundtrack and dialogue of Disney Infinity also received mixed reactions. Andrew Reiner of Game Informer said that "characters repeat dialogue way too often," and that the soundtrack is "often surprisingly absent." Andy Robertson of Forbes stated that his children loved playing the figurines, both in the game and as toys.
The overall price of the game and all of the toys received media coverage. Jeff Cork of Game Informer said that to purchase all items at the launch (the game, all launch toys and power discs) it costs a minimum of AUD$460. Kevin VanOrd of GameSpot called Disney Infinity "a platform designed to keep you spending money." Nick Cowen of The Guardian warned parents to "get ready with those wallets."
In September 2013, Disney revealed that the game had sold 294,000 copies in the United States during its first two weeks on sale.
On October 18, 2013, Disney Interactive announced that the game had sold more than a million copies worldwide. With more figures not yet released, Disney hopes the number of units sold will continue to grow. As of January 20, 2014, three million starter packs have been sold.
The game was nominated for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 2014, but lost to Just Dance 2014.
- Some of the international trailers include a few alternate shots from the game.
- The song playing in the trailer is Nero's Me and You.
- Toys "R" Us also started selling crystal figures, including a crystal figure of McQueen. He was available in the Race to Space pack on November 1 with Crystal Buzz Lightyear, and two exclusive round Power Discs called Emperor Zurg's Wrath and C.H.R.O.M.E. Damage Increaser. Also, the crystal figures were released a few months later worldwide. In the UK, different crystal figures were released in different stores, like Lightning McQueen at Toys "R" Us.
- Although Raoul ÇaRoule and Max Schnell appear on pictures in Ramone's House of Body Art, they so far do not make a physical appearance in the game.
- Although Lizzie, Sarge and Sheriff so far do not appear in the game, they are mentioned various times. Sarge was mentioned by Finn that he agreed to let Finn run Sarge's Surplus Hut while he is on vacation. Flo mentions that the hut needs to be built since Sarge and Sheriff are on vacation, as well as mentioning Lizzie as to find some of her license plates that are scattered around.
- Some of the vintage posters for Cars 2 appear in Luigi's Casa Della Tires, although not in the Toy Box.
- The Battle Races, turbo boost packs, and some music and sound effects from Cars 2: The Video Game are reused in the game.