Disney Infinity: New video game for family fun

Disney has revealed an incredible new gaming platform that includes a virtual "Toy Box".

By Jenny Charlesworth
Disney Infinity: New video game for family fun

Photo: Disney/Pixar

Ever wonder who's faster: Mike Wazowski or Jack Sparrow? With the launch of the Disney Infinity gaming platform, you'll soon find out.

When "Toy Box" — the most creative aspect of Disney's new video game initiative — hits stores this June, gamers will be able to choose from a host of Disney and Pixar characters, making them play together in a world of the player's own creation. If your kids love Monsters, Inc. but you fancy The Incredibles, no one has to compromise. Take Sulley, pair him with Elastigirl, and together they'll sail the Black Pearl on the high seas. Yes, you can do that — all in one multi-player game. There's really no limit for creative play with Disney Infinity, which features collectible interactive characters similar to the popular Skylanders game.

Today's Parent was on hand for the big announcement earlier this week (Jack Sparrow and Mr. Incredible were also in attendance!), and was able to get a close-up look at three of the "play sets" available this summer: Pirates of the Caribbean, Monster's University and The Incredibles. (In a "play set" gamers solve puzzles, engage in battle and explore an iconic Disney world, while collecting unique characters, vehicles and gadgets for their virtual "Toy box," which they can later activate for a choose-your-own-adventure-type experience.)

While test-driving "Toy Box", we could really see how the game was modelled on how kids actually play with their toys. Just think Andy from Toy Story. "He had a Buzz Lightyear, a Cowboy Woody and Mr. Potato Head, and played with them all alongside one another," said John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer at both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, while explaining the inspiration behind the newly unveiled "Toy Box".

If your family loves Disney and gaming, take note: Disney Infinity will be all the rage at your house come June. Stay tuned for more announcements closer to the release date.

Buzz Lightyear said it best: "To Infinity... and beyond!"

This article was originally published on Jan 18, 2013

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