Wednesday 23 April 2014

Disney Infinity Phineas & Ferb Toy Box pack review

Just in time for the Easter holidays, we were over the moon to receive the Disney Infinity Starter Pack for the Wii, along with the brand new Phineas & Ferb Toy Box pack that was launched at the start of the month.

We knew a bit about the game because the Madhouse Mini-testers have wanted one ever since its release. It's a bit like Skylanders in that you use real-world toy figures representing various characters from Disney and Pixar films along with a device called the Infinity Base and transport them into the virtual game worlds of Monsters University, the Incredibles, Cars, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger and Toy Story, as well as into a giant Toy Box.

The starter pack comes with the game, the Disney Infinity Base and three figures: Mr. Incredible, Jack Sparrow and Sulley, which open up the play sets for Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Incredibles. You also get a Power Disc. The Phineas & Ferb Toy Box pack contains Phineas and Agent P figures, as well as Phineas and Ferb Texture Set and Skydome Power Discs, but they don't open up a new play set in the Story Book mode - they only work in Toy Box mode.

After starting out in the Toy Box area, discovering the different characters and switching over the figures, Juliette decided to start playing the Story Book mode and work her way through the adventure.

She set off as Jack Sparrow and had great fun running around, completing mini missions, climbing up towers, jumping across gaps, sliding down cables, breaking open chests and killing baddies (but there's absolutely no blood and guts or scariness involved).

Her face says it all - she's been having a whale of a time (and if you get totally stuck, you can google "disney infinity walkthrough" and watch other people playing it on youtube to help you out before you pull your hair out !).

The Phineas & Ferb Toy Box Pack allows you to embark on secret spy missions and defeat enemies with Agent P’s flying fedora or Phineas’ baseball blaster and tuck n’ roll moves. Both character figures are accompanied by their own unique adventures so in the Phineas adventure, players are set into a giant pinball machine and challenged to create a play field where they can destroy waves of oncoming robots and in the Agent P adventure, players participate in a top-down adventure with side-scrolling elements that pay homage to old school arcade games.

The Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack also includes two new power discs to give players’ Toy Boxes a makeover. The “Tri-State Area Terrain” Texture Set and the “Danville Sky” Sky Theme provides well-known location backgrounds from the show, including the Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated building and a small waterslide park invented in one of the cartoon's episodes.

As we're playing on the Wii, two-player mode is only available in Toy Box mode, not Story Book mode, which is a real shame. That's apparently down to the space limitations of the Wii platform though and multiplayer mode IS available on other consoles. Another limitation that is quite disappointing is that each character can only play within its own world, so you can't transport Jack Sparrow to Monsters University for example (which could be quite funny). Other add on characters, including Phineas and Ferb, can only be played with in Toy Box mode. As long as you are aware of these restrictions when you buy it, it's a great game though and one that will be keeping the Madhouse Mini-testers amused for quite some time to come.

star rating : 4.5/5

Disclosure : We received the product in order to write an honest review.

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