Disney Infinity launches this week on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Nintendo Wii U and Wii consoles.
Disney Infinity is not your standard-issue video game.
For one thing, the title, which is available for the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, and the Nintendo Wii U and Wii, will set you back a hefty $74.99 for the "starter kit" alone. For another, Disney Infinity, like Skylanders, revolves around plastic figurines that open up – via a device called an "Infinity Base" – individual gaming experiences.
Drop a figurine into the base, and you're off and running. But is Disney Infinity any good? Well, let's go to the reviews.
"The starter kit comes with figurines of Mr. Incredible, Capt. Jack Sparrow and Sulley, and 'play sets' for their corresponding movies: 'The Incredibles,' 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Monsters University,' " writes Lou Kesten of the Associated Press. "Additional characters cost $13 each; 'Cars' and 'The Lone Ranger' play sets cost $35 each. It's hardly the optimal lineup: Disney's hand-drawn animated classics are absent, and I'd happily trade Tonto for, say, Scrooge McDuck."