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GF Rating
6.7

519 ratings

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

This Universe needs some variation

posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Oct 31, 2011

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Member since Jan 2008

7 out of 7 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

They took the best Disney/Pixar films, threw them into a blender, and hit the mix button. From that, out comes Disney Universe, a game where you play as one of a few characters from those lands (Tinkerbell, Aladdin, Stitch, and so on).
There are six levels to go through (Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, Lion King, Aladdin, Monsters Inc., and Wall-E. Each level has three stages to get through.
In order to get through a stage, you and up to three other players, have to solve puzzles using items all about that stage. Some items are used to blow things up, plug up holes, launch players onto high ledges, and open doors. The best parts of the game are figuring out what you need to do in order to solve the puzzles.
However, fighting the bad guys is not as successful. This game relies on nothing more than button mashing combat where you beat up armies of bad guys consisting of mostly the same little guys. These guys don’t differ between the worlds – they just dress differently (I would’ve like to see a greater variety of bad guys).
This is an annoyance even with the inclusion of power ups like freeze ray one hit knock out.
There are challenges on every stage, but they consist of the basics – defeat a number of enemies, survive an assault, or gather up items.
Another problem I had with the game is the fixed camera; it does a far too good a job of hiding some items that players will want to find – and it makes some levels hard to traverse when the path is mostly off camera.
And the other problem I had with this game is the all the characters have the same moves, act the same way, and attack in the same way. This takes some of the fun out of unlocking characters.
Still, Disney Universe is a fun game to play – it has great puzzle design and includes some interesting character models. But the fixed camera and repetitive game play tarnishes the end product. RENT IT.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Lego Disney... I mean Disney Universe

posted by MichaelO (PITTSBURGH, PA) Nov 9, 2011

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Member since Sep 2010

5 out of 5 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

If you've always wished the Lego series would do Disney, then this is the game for you. It copies the Lego games' mechanic of easy-going, non-challenging, task-based gameplay where you can't die and the objective is leisurely collecting various stuff as you go through the levels, and it also copies the Lego games' idea of accumulating various avatars for yourself as you beat the levels.

Unfortunately, unlike the Lego games (say, for instance, Star Wars or Harry Potter), the Disney universe as a whole has no overarching story, and the characters have no interesting or special powers. As a result this game gets old really fast.

If you really like Disney and are a casual gamer, this game is probably worth a rent, but otherwise don't bother.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Fun, but ultimately short lived

posted by dgolightly519 (PRESTON, ID) Nov 5, 2011

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Member since Oct 2011

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game was fun, I will grant it that. It was as though Disney decided to make the next "Gauntlet" or "Diablo" game. However, it is very short lived. While there is extensive content, it is very easily unlocked and once it is unlocked (the work of maybe 10 hours total) there is nothing much to do.

Also, the game would most likely be too difficult for a child. I do not mean insofar as dying and all of that, but in the actual act of completing any of the levels. That being said, it is a novelty and enjoyable for a couple of adults, but is not a real replacement for a real party game that doesn't get boring after the first time or two through a level. A good attempt at making a party game, but ultimately too short lived to be worthwhile.

The 6 rating is because it was fun. However, I'm still glad I pre-ordered the Next Mario Party instead of this one.

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