The results of the North Pole Challenge are in and are available to play through in game. The next challenge is to build a Frozen themed Toy Box.
NorthHoleMiniGolf by Papa Echo, a Christmassy golf course
Saving Christmas by crazybynick, a tree climbing platformer
Winter Express by Princess Blinks, a wintry racetrack
Santa's Workshop by Enrem, a North Pole themed town to explore
Christmas Town by Kevin B, a Nightmare Before Christmas themed town to explore
Remember that they've already revealed the challenge that starts next week:
Another set of winners revealed, this week all focusing on the theme of Wreck-it Ralph. Disney have also put underway the next challenge which is fireworks themed.
Litwak's Arcade by bmckeon1998
Game On! by TruePumpkinKing
Helping Felix Jr by SergioChileno
Dig-it-Ralph! by Enrem
Wreck-It Hunt by MightyGitis
They've also announced the next few challenges to give you a headstart on them.
And we have the winners for the DuckTales Challenge. The next challenge that Disney wants you to fulfil is to build your very own North Pole.
Saving Scrooge by SergioChileno
Scrooge'd by zer0tobackdown
McDuck in Danger by Finn-Warrior
Safe Cracking by Father911
Mega Gizmoduck by Papa Echo
Last week also saw the release of several new Toy Boxes created by Disney for you to play so don't forget to check them out too.
The winning Thanksgiving Toy Boxes have been announced, shockingly they're all parade related. And thanks to Thanksgiving itself the next Toy Box Challenge is two weeks long and is all about Wreck-it Ralph.
Save The Parade! by MightyGitis
ZURGIVING DAY by DGor0407
Racing Parade by Wakka59
HappyThanksgiving by jussane17
Mickey's Parade by Mickey.Sorcerer
And don't forget that several new Toy Box characters are due to be released within the week. Everywhere will have the Toy Box Pack of Anna and Elsa from the new movie Frozen, but then there's the all the timed exclusives: Walmart has Rapunzel, Best Buy takes Wreck-it Ralph and Target is where Vanellope is going to be found.
Buttons! by SnD.Seventh
Disney Pinball by Fuzzums169
Enemy Destroyer by SergioChileno
3-in-1 Widget by dsmmat
Clockwork by XShadow246
And it's happened, the PC version of the Disney Infinity Toy Box is finally available to download for free from the official website. Handy for building your entries for the challenges if you're away from your console and don't have an iPad.
The winners for the Toy Story themed challenge have been added to Disney Infinity. The new challenge issued is all about that most world wide of holidays, Thanksgiving.
The BIG Room by Enrem
Capture Zurg! by crazybynick
Woody's Roundup by Joe D
Saving Mr. Rex by Infinite Mickey
The City Dump by TruePumpkinKing
Disney have revealed very positive news about the financial success of Disney Infinity so it's safe to say that the franchise is going to have some longevity.
The movie themed challenge winning entries have been revealed and the next challenge issued, over the next week you've been tasked to build your own crazy contraption.
The winners for the Movies Challenge were:
100 Acre Wood by dsmmat
Tangled Hunt by MightyGitis
Fantasia by CarnivalofAnimals
Swiss Family by Father911
The Pride Lands by BlueSpideyDude
And since I missed last week here are the Halloween winners:
Jack in the Box by DGor0407
Trick Or Treat by BlueSpideyDude
Halloween Manor by dsmmat
I Love Halloween by SergioChileno
The Haunted Tomb by XShadow246
Disney themselves have also added a Halloweentown Toy Box for you to play around in. Happy Halloween!
Another week brings us another set of Toy Box Challenge winners. This time it's the turn of the Maze Challenge. The next theme for the Toy Box Challenge is to build a toy box for any Disney movie you choose.
Adventure Maze by DanoCustomArt gives you ten minutes to make it through a maze that just keeps on going.
MazeChase by Soultab has an Infinity take on Pacman.
Dungeon Maze by Drake Z is a tightly enclosed maze with a few traps and obstacles to sway you from your path.
Jack's Maze by crazybynick is a pirate themed maze.
Frozen Cave Maze by Steve W is a shiny blue maze with lots of dead-ends.
As next week sees the release of the Toy Story Play Set the official Disney Infinity Youtube channel has posted a few new videos on the subject, one for the Play Set and ones for each of the three playable characters.
The five new winning Toy Boxes from the Royal Empire challenge have been released and the next challenge announced, your challenge this week will be to build a spooky Halloween themed Toy Box.
Wonderland by Princess Blinks recreates Wonderland in the Toy Box.
Giant Castle by Steve W has a giant castle with a few traps inside.
Castle Course by Infinite Mickey is an underground obstacle course with a castle plopped on top.
Disney Kingdom by Charlie A has a far off castle which you must reach.
GOOD vs EVIL by Lachlan1075 features two castles facing off against one another.
And a reminder that some more of the new Toys R Us exclusives are out this weekend. You'll be able to find the Infinite Crystal Sulley toy as well as the Infinite Crystal Mr. Incredible and another of their exclusive Power Discs (although it should be noted that the Power Disc is "Emperor Zurg's Wrath" which is included in the Race to Space exclusive double pack that will be released next month, that pack also contains Crystal Lightning McQueen, Crystal Buzz Lightyear and another Power Disc "C.H.R.O.M.E. Damage Increaser").
It's Thursday so Disney have posted the five winning entries to last week's Extreme Sports Challenge and started the next challenge. Your task is to build your very own maze.
Ten Tough Trials by Finn-Warrior is an obstacle course with some sports themed sections.
Soccer Gladiator by MBRedboy31 is a football game with enemies appearing each time you score.
Pinball Soccer by Father911 is another game of football but with loads of pinball parts all over the arena.
Paintball World by Troy39 is a large arena for paintballing.
Stunt Jump Arena by OneMama is a stunt park with a goal of performing 100 tricks within the five minute limit.
Remember that Woody and Jack Skellington are out now at Walmart and GameStop!
The winners of the first Toy Box Challenge have appeared on the in-game Toy Box Share where you can download and have a look around each of the five winning racetracks for yourself.
They've also announced the theme for the next challenge, it's to build your very own Royal Empire. Remember that you've only got one week to get it done so don't delay!
The winners of this week's challenge were:
MonsterTruckFun by Princess Blinks has you racing around a stadium with Monster Truck tyres. Super Fun Track by Kingjamex1280 is a track with weapons along the path as well as some obstacles to avoid. E.A. Sea Race by Raven0207 is an underwater themed race. Aladdin's Race by zer0tobackdown races around and through an Aladdin style palace. And Western Race by Joshua G is a Western themed track.
A new challenge has been issued, Disney wants your Extreme Sports Toy Boxes!
This week marks the last set of Disney created Toy Boxes as from next week the featured Toy Boxes will be the community built challenge winners. So next week will be the winners of the Racetrack Challenge and the week after that the winners of the Extreme Sports Challenge. The final five Disney Toy Boxes are:
Monster Rally, a side-on stunt driving track. It's a Trap! a short puzzle challenge where you must move through several rooms while carefully avoiding the hidden traps. Cosmic Platfomer is an obstacle course with a race track in the middle. Sugar Mania is a Sugar Rush themed racetrack. And Tron Highway is massive Tron inspired track with stops for platforming and fighting.
The Infinity Guru walkthrough for the Cars Play Set has been posted with the Chest and Challenge locations to follow soon.
Just one month after the console game was unleashed the iPad app Disney Infinity: Toy Box has finally been released. It's free but that's only going to last until the 15th of October so don't hang around.
In the app, which only works with the iPad and iPad mini, you can design and build your Toy Box with all the items and objects you've unlocked within the console game (once you login to your Disney account).
And it's just in time for the Racetrack Toy Box Challenge that's currently going on, don't forget to submit your entry!
The app also sneakily includes pictures of some new Infinite Crystal versions of a few characters like Sulley, the Lone Ranger, Jack Sparrow, and Mr. Incredible. Sulley and Mr. Incredible are due for release on the 11th of October at Toys R Us and on November 1st there will also be an Infinite Crystal version of Buzz Lightyear in a double pack called "Race to Space" with Lightning McQueen and two Power Discs.
The Infinity Guru walkthrough for the Lone Ranger is now up and on its way later on today should be the start of the guide for the Cars Play Set. After that's up and finished I'll be going back through the Play Sets to create guides to help find all of the Green and Red Capsules that are in each world.
This week marks the start of the User-Generated Content contests with the first being a challenge to build a themed racetrack. Winning entries will be posted on the official website and be made available for everyone to download through the game. There's only one week to enter so get cracking!
To help kick things off Disney have released this week's Toy Box Thursday with five brand new Toy Boxes to explore including two race tracks to inspire you.
First up you have Classic Cruise, a race track that features the Autopia car and is apparently based on the Autopia attraction from Disneyland. The track's quite long and there's a lot of scenery to look at.
Then there's a Spooky Castle Race which is another race track this time through a spooky castle of all things. The track's got some swinging obstacles to avoid and a bottomless pit to fall into.#
Lava Puzzler has you pushing blocks around to try to reach the other end of the course with plenty of opportunity to fall into the burning lava.
8 in 1 Arena shows off the power of the Toy Box, press each of the eight buttons to make a different fighting arena appear below.
And 3 Little Houses is full of destruction, you'll huff and you'll puff and then you'll use the cannons, catapults and the TNT to blow up the three houses instead.
The Infinity Guru walkthrough for the Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set is now live, use it to help fight and sail your way through the Caribbean and to find all those pesky chests and challenges. Later on today will see the first part of the Lone Ranger guide uploaded.
Every week Disney will be putting up a brand new set of Disney Infinity Toy Boxes and this week's selection features a few obstacle courses as well as a few environments just to mess around in.
Blue Breakout features a tightly enclosed obstacle course, Jungle Cruise is based on the Disney attraction of the same name, Trench Run sees you flying through a canyon avoiding turret fire, Toy Columbia is a large world inspired by the similarly named Bioshock Infinite complete with Sky-Lines, and Sky Gauntlet is a much more open obstacle course but that just means you've got further to fall.
To check them out for yourself simply select the "Toy Box" option at the main menu, then "Toy Box Share", and finally "Disney's Toy Boxes". You then Download and Play Content whichever of the Toy Boxes you want to have a go in.
Potential release dates for the next set of toys and the second exclusive Toys R Us Power Disc announced.
The official Disney Store has posted several listings for new Disney Infinity items including the Toy Story Play Set and the Frozen Toy Box Pack. It gives a date of the 22nd of October for Toy Story and the 26th of November for the Frozen duo (that's the day before the film comes out). So with Woody and Jack Skellington coming out at the start of October it won't be too much of a wait to get even more out of the game.
Toys R Us have also announced the second in their set of exclusive Power Discs will be the Tron "User Control" Power Disc. The disc boosts your experience gain (sparks) by a small amount and will be released this Saturday, the 7th, to coincide with their in-store disc trading event.
And the first pass of the Infinity Guru Monsters University Walkthrough is up and ready for use.
Five new Disney Toy Boxes hit Disney Infinity earlier today. There's a Wrestling Arena with all sorts of gadgets to help you fight, a Hot Lava level filled with some hot lava, an ESPN Speedway which you can race around, one called Super Sidescroll which may seem familiar, and a Cave of Wonders to race through.
The beginnings of the Infinity Guru Walkthrough for Disney Infinity is up, it so far covers the Incredibles Play Set and tells you how to complete all of the missions as well as where to find the Chests and Challenges that are hidden throughout Metroville.
Next up will be Monsters University followed by Pirates of the Caribbean before moving onto the separate Cars and The Lone Ranger Play Sets, be sure to check back soon for them.
The game's not even out everywhere yet but steps are already being taken to prepare for the second wave of toy releases later in the year for Disney Infinity.
First up is Walmart who are going to have a short exclusive on Woody from Toy Story, you can already pre-order him from them for a release date of October 1st (or 3rd?). Three weeks after that other retailers will be able to start selling him. Woody can be used in the Toy Story Play Set that is also due out around the same time.
Another short exclusivity goes to GameStop who will have Jack Skellington exclusive for almost the whole of October, so if you want him in time for Halloween you'll probably need to buy him from them. Jack Skellington is a Toy Box only toy so does not have a corresponding Play Set and can therefore only be used in the Toy Box mode.
And that's not all, Vinylmation Kingdom has the boxart for a lot of the other remaining announced figures including Anna, Elsa, Rapunzel, Vanellope, Wreck-it Ralph, Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey, the Toy Story Play Set with Buzz Lightyear and Jessie, a triple "Girl Power" pack with Vanellope, Violet and Rapunzel (so maybe hold off on that Violet purchase!), as well as a new type of double pack with both of the Frozen characters along with the two Frozen texture Power Discs.
It is worth taking note of the blue Toy Box icon in the corner of a lot of those packages, that means the characters are Toy Box only and will not have a Play Set to go through. So unfortunately that confirms no Wreck-it Ralph, Frozen, Tangled, Mickey Mouse or Nightmare Before Christmas Play Sets in Disney Infinity.
With the embargo up the reviews for Disney Infinity have begun to roll in, and while the majority appear to be quite positive and have shown a distinct liking to the whole concept of the game a few outlets haven't been as favourable.
The games for all the characters that we've played with are fun and easy to master, as they're aimed at a younger audience - although we've enjoyed having a little play too. There's wide-spread appeal here for collectors and gamers alike.
But where it matters, for my family, Disney Infinity has done things right. It’s focused on why we love Disney films and toys rather than obsessing too much over its video-game competitors. It’s a brave and risky move that could have diluted their franchises but has, in fact, reignited our appreciation of how long a history with have with the house of Mouse in our family — long may that continue.
Disney Infinity is off to a great start and will hopefully be supported for years to come. The thought of Avalanche Software potentially tapping Star Wars, Marvel Comics, and other properties in Disney’s vault for upcoming sets makes this game’s future just as exciting as spending an afternoon creating adventures with friends.
The toys themselves are well-made statues; they’re not poseable, but each one really captures the personality of that character with a charismatic stance. The toys have their own unique style that sparked desire in my inner Disney fan.
Disney Infinity makes a lot of promises, boasting gameplay that takes cues from big-name hits like Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet. The finished product is a rousing success, offering lightweight but solid co-op gameplay built on a foundation of undiluted nostalgia.
Add-on costs aside, Disney Infinity is a treat. It is blanketed with ideas and Disney references that will keep older and younger gamers busy for far longer than the more linear Skylanders could, and while the Toy Box mode isn't exactly going to have Minecraft shaking in its cuboid boots, its sillier nature (does Minecraft have a toilet paper gun?) makes it just as entertaining at times.
Disney Infinity is a wonderful game that mashes together the best of collectables, cherished childhood memories of playing with toys and Minecraft-esque creation into a beautiful package, and then locks it up behind what I found to be an aggravatingly vague system of luck and grinding — and what my son found an exciting and rewarding game of chance.
Even as additional play sets and figures are released in the coming months, it'll be the Toy Box that keeps us hooked, and it's how Disney Infinity remains so endearing even as it commands ample cash.
Don’t bet against this becoming the latest playground must-have come Christmas. It’s a clever use of Disney licences that kids will absolutely adore, even if grown-ups will be less enamoured by the mission – and merchandise – structure.
But not everyone has had such an encouraging view of the game:
What Disney Infinity ultimately represents is the potential of a fantastic platform. It’s incredibly rough around the edges, and it will make your wallet beg for mercy, but there is a massive wealth of content for Disney to cull from. And as buggy and unintuitive as the game can be at times, I’m still intrigued enough to see this one through.
And that’s the sad truth of Disney Infinity, it’s so very obviously been designed by accountants and marketing people rather than game designers. Where Toy Story 3 delighted with the unexpected generosity of its content, here you can sense that every corner of the game has been scrutinised to see what can be cut out and sold separately.
There’s some entertainment in completing these levels, but they all suffer from a bloat of filler content. Each four-hour campaign has only a handful of exciting segments (Pirates of the Caribbean's ship combat, in particular, is pure fun), while the other three-and-a-half hours are spent completing what amounts to basic fetch quests.
Though they are well-designed and crafted, the figures themselves don't feel essential to the actual gameplay, certainly not in the same way the Skylanders toys are.
Add to that dull core mechanics and some clumsily-designed campaigns and you have a largely forgettable game that, Toy Box mode aside, doesn't do the esteemed Disney name justice.
Now it's your turn to make up your own mind about Disney Infinity, it's now available in North America and releasing elsewhere in just a few short days.
As Disney prepares for the launch tomorrow the first glimpses of the 3DS version of Disney Infinity: Toy Box Challenge have appeared on Nintendo.com where you can now see a few screenshots of the game itself. Aside from a brief description by the ESRB the 3DS version of Disney Infinity had until now remained a complete mystery, but with these showing up just in time for the North American release tomorrow you've finally got some help to decide whether or not it's actually something you'll want to play.
The game looks to be a completely different experience to that of the console games and is being made by a different developer (Altron) so it is definitely worth taking a moment to check out what it is that you're actually buying.
Toys R Us have unveiled the first of their exclusive figures in the Infinite Crystal range.
The Crystal variants look different in-game and have bonus experience and health points over their regular counterparts. They also unlock a special area where you can showcase your collection of Crystal figures. Lightning McQueen is just the first of the set so expect more to appear over the coming months.
The first of the two announced mobile apps has gone live, Disney Infinity: Action features Mr Incredible, Sulley, and Jack Sparrow and lets you record a short video with the characters laid over the top. At this stage it doesn't seem to be much more extensive than that but you can unlock extra poses to record the videos with. The app is free but contains microtransactions to help unlock all of the poses.
The second app, Disney Infinity: Toy Box, which allows you to edit Toy Box levels and then use them in the console game sounds like a more comprehensive tool but it is not yet available (and will be an iPad exclusive when it is). Toy Box will also be a free app and you will be able to use the webcodes included with your toys to unlock more content.
And finally, here is an early and massive two hour long look at the console game by Console Creatures:
Earlier today Disney held a presentation at the D23 expo where they revealed some new information and characters for the release of Disney Infinity next Sunday.
With this they have officially announced nearly all of the remaining rumoured playable characters including Wreck-it Ralph, Vanellope, Phineas, Agent P, Buzz, Woody, Jessie, Rapunzel, Anna, Elsa, Jack Skellington, and of course Sorcerer Mickey himself. They also gave out pre-release toys of Mickey to the attendees, he won't be available to buy until much later.
Along with the characters they have announced the Toy Story Play Set that we've previously seen glimpses of as well as details for the mobile app that will be accompanying the game at launch.
Disney Infinity launches in North America in just over one week so Disney have been in overdrive posting new videos to Youtube.
Most recent is an advert featuring a few kids talking about their experiences with the game:
Then there's a video showing off the combat in the Toy Box:
A behind the scenes video focusing on Designing the Figures:
And a whole set of brief tutorials on how to use some of the Toy Box items and features:
We've known what the 20 Power Discs for launch are for quite a while but now Disney have provided a video showcasing some of them as well as details on exactly what each one does.
- Bolt’s Super Strength – Character that you’re playing with does 10% more damage
- Fix It Felix’s Repair Power – Character you’re playing with has 20% more health
- C.H.R.O.M.E’s Armor Shield – In-game character receives -10% less damage
- Pieces of Eight – In-game character gains 10% more loot
- Mickey’s Car – Drive Mickey’s Jalopy in the Toy Box
- Cinderella’s Coach – Drive Cinderella’s Carriage in the Toy Box
- Kahn– Ride Kahn the Horse from “Mulan” in the Toy Box
- Stitch’s Blaster – In-game character gets Stitch’s blaster from “Lilo and Stitch”
- Carl Fredericksen’s Cane – In-game character gets Carl’s cane from “Up”
- Sugar Rush
- King Candy’s Dessert Toppings Texture Set– Adds a “Sugar Rush” theme from “Wreck-it-Ralph” to Toy Box terrain objects
- Sugar Rush Sky Skydome – Adds a “Sugar Rush” theme from “Wreck-it-Ralph” to the Toy Box sky
- Alice in Wonderland
- Alice’s Wonderland Texture Set – Adds an “Alice in Wonderland” theme to Toy Box terrain objects
- Tulgey Wood Skydome – Adds an “Alice in Wonderland” theme to Toy Box sky
- Finding Nemo
- Marlin’s Reef Texture Set– Adds a “Finding Nemo” theme to the Toy Box terrain objects
- Nemo’s Seascape Skydome – Adds a “Finding Nemo” theme to the Toy Box sky
- Tangled Lantern
- Rapunzel’s Kingdom Texture Set – Adds a “Tangled” theme to Toy Box terrain objects
- Rapunzel’s Birthday Sky Skydome – Adds a “Tangled” theme to the Toy Box sky
Rare Hexagonal Discs
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant – Adds the Dumbo ride from the Parks in the Toy Box
- Abu the Elephant – Adds the elephant version of Abu in the Toy Box
- Astro Blasters Space Cruiser – Adds the Astro Blaster vehicle from the Buzz Lightyear attraction in the Toy Box
The exclusive Power Discs Album from Toys R Us has space for another ten discs but as yet it is unclear how to get them.
Even with the launch of Disney Infinity less than a month away there is still plenty of time to show off even more Toy Box videos. This one kicks off with Sulley, Barbossa, Syndrome and Mater all collaborating to build a game of their own creation for Wreck it Ralph to play, and it goes on to tease you with the sheer number of types of game that are possible to create within the Toy Box.
There's also a whole new set of screenshots to take a look at.
The Disney Infinity Youtube channel is at it again, this time with a rather unique method of viewing the videos, press the big red button and you will get a randomly selected combination of two characters and an item and will then get to see a short video featuring that combination.
The number of combinations isn't quite infinite but there are plenty of videos to find (maybe 40 videos?), and seeing as it's randomly selected you may well be spinning for quite a while before you've seen them all!
Update: To save you that time I've included all of the videos after the break.
This weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con saw the Disney Infinity debut of some handmade and handpainted versions of the Phineas and Agent P figures from Phineas and Ferb.
While the ten figures that were given out are fully functional in-game you likely won't see them at retail for launch.
Following suit with all of the other Play Sets the official Disney Infinity Youtube channel has posted a set of brand new videos for each of the characters for The Incredibles Play Set, as well as the Play Set itself, naturally.
At the end of the compilation video you get a glimpse of the vault that you can unlock and find inside special "hidden content" when you have all five of the characters from The Incredibles Play Set.
And there's another new video about the Toy Box, this time it's about missions and you get to see a few of the challenges that are unlocked by each character.
There's also a whole host of new screenshots in our gallery:
At the D23 Expo next month (August 9th-11th) Disney are planning to showcase Disney Infinity in a presentation on the 11th (Sunday) and show off some brand new game features as well as to reveal some characters for the game that have yet to be seen. They will also be giving away a "never-before-seen" Disney Infinity figure for every fan in the audience.
Click "Read More" to see the full press release.
And as for what some of those characters might be it's time for some rumours... by way of Disney Infinity France the folks over at Disney Infinity Fans have spotted listings for several new characters which includes several characters from this November's film release "Frozen", Anna and Elsa, and there's even a listing for Mickey Mouse himself.
Curiously there are also many listings for "crystal" versions of some existing characters, these seem to be slightly more expensive than the regular figures but no further details were given so who knows what they may eventually turn out to be.
Full press release:
Division to offer sneak peek at un-announced projects, including Arena presentation with exclusive performances, reveals and D23 Disney Infinity giveaway
BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Disney Interactive is inviting fans to experience the latest digital offerings from Disney at the D23 Expo, August 9–11, giving fans hands-on experiences, first-look presentations, and exclusive D23 Expo giveaways. With an unprecedented lineup of upcoming games and products, including Disney Infinity, Fantasia: Music Evolved and more, Disney Interactive is turning up the excitement with its largest D23 Expo presence ever including a show floor pavilion, daily presentations, and the D23 Expo Arena.
Arena Presentation: On Sunday, August 11, fans won’t want to miss “To Infinity and Beyond: Disney Interactive Takes the Stage,” Disney Interactive’s first ever D23 Expo Arena Presentation. Kicking off at noon, Disney Interactive Co-Presidents, Jimmy Pitaro and John Pleasants, host an inside look at the division’s upcoming slate of games, apps, and online shows including:
Pavilion Experience: Located in Hall B,the Disney Interactive pavilion lets Guests step into the world of interactive storytelling through hands-on experiences with the latest games and products from Disney Interactive. Gamers, fans and families will have the opportunity to discover Disney Interactive’s upcoming digital innovations bringing them closer to the characters and stories they love on the platforms and devices they use every day.
With exclusive collectible giveaways, still-to-be-announced panels and presentations, and first looks at the Fall’s hottest digital products, Guests won’t want to miss the surprises Disney Interactive has up its sleeve. Visit www.D23Expo.com and DisneyInteractive.tumblr.com for more updates leading up to the D23 Expo 2013.
To prepare for the launch of Disney Infinity next month Disney are sending the game off on a "Summer of Endless Fun" tour around a select few of the United States.
There will be activities at the events including a demo of the game as well as giveaways and contests. It all kicked off yesterday in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, California and will continue on through July and up to release in August, check out the list below for the locations and dates where they'll be stopping off:
July 13-14: Taste of Chicago in Chicago, Ill.
July 18-20: Gaslamp Quarter during San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego, Calif.
July 19-21: Revere Beach National Festival in Boston, Mass.
July 26-28: Coast Guard Festival in Detroit, Mich.
August 10-11: Prince William County Fair in Richmond, Va.
August 17: Nintendo World Store in New York City, N.Y.
August 18: Times Square in New York City, N.Y.
The game is released on that last day so the ones in New York will be special events to mark the launch.
Press release below:
Kids and Families Will Have the Opportunity To Play Disney Infinity for the First Time Before It Launches On Aug. 18
BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Disney Infinity, Disney Interactive’s biggest and most ambitious video game to date, is embarking on a multi-city “Summer of Endless Fun” tour to showcase the most anticipated game of the year. The cross country road trip, which is free to the public, kicked off on July 7 in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif. Players will get an exclusive sneak peek at the game before it hits store shelves on Aug. 18.
Zigzagging across the country, fans will get the chance to play Disney Infinity – featuring the innovative Toy Box mode that truly brings every kids’ imagination to life. Who hasn’t thought about building a world where Mr. Incredible uses a Monsters University toilet paper launcher while driving around in Cinderella’s carriage with monster truck wheels? Now players can let their imaginations run free and create their own adventures.
The “Summer of Endless Fun” Tour will make stops in Chicago, San Diego, Boston, Detroit and Richmond, culminating with a weekend of launch activities in New York City on Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18. Activities at each tour stop include game demos, surprise guests, photo opportunities, giveaways, contests, entertainment provided by Radio Disney and more.
Disney Infinity is an all-new game platform that gives players the freedom to create stories and play experiences featuring characters from The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios. Players can place real-world toy versions of beloved Disney characters onto a device called the Disney Infinity Base and transport them into the virtual game worlds of Monsters University, the Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean, Cars and The Lone Ranger, as well as into a giant Toy Box.
DISNEY INFINITY “SUMMER OF ENDLESS FUN” SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS
July 13-14: Taste of Chicago in Chicago, Ill.
July 18-20: Gaslamp Quarter during San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego, Calif.
July 19-21: Revere Beach National Festival in Boston, Mass.
July 26-28: Coast Guard Festival in Detroit, Mich.
August 10-11: Prince William County Fair in Richmond, Va.
August 17: Nintendo World Store in New York City, N.Y.
August 18: Times Square in New York City, N.Y.
The amusing coincidence has not been lost on the Disney Infinity team as Yahoo posts a short video showing Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Tonto (Johnny Depp) facing off, the trailer will apparently be played right before screenings of The Lone Ranger which is being released this week.
And in new rumours news, Stitch Kingdom have posted a photograph of a mock-up display for Disney Infinity, at the top of the photo you can see a lineup of characters very similar to an unfinished piece of artwork that was released back when the game was announced. It contains a few potential playable characters not referenced to since that time, namely Victor Frankenstein and Sparky from Frankenweenie as well as a few backing characters that are more like to just be NPCs. What is most interesting is an addition to the lineup, instead of The Underminer from The Incredibles you have two characters from the recent Disney movie Oz the Great and Powerful.
In the latest video, a making of video called Creating DISNEY INFINITY: Play Sets, Disney have finally outed the Toy Story Play Set for Disney Infinity.
A few brief glimpses including the themed title screen for Toy Story in Space and a shot of Buzz, Woody, Jessie, Rex, Hamm and one of those Aliens is all you really get but it's the first time that the franchise has seen confirmation beyond the figures (it'd be extremely silly if you were doubting that it would exist considering the history of the game). The Toy Story Play Set may not be available at launch as previous numbers given would exclude it but of course things can change, if it is a post launch Play Set it looks likely to be one of the first of those so the wait shouldn't be too excruciating.
They have also recently posted yet another brief glimpse at creating in the Toy Box if you are looking for all the new footage you can muster.
The Achievements for Disney Infinity were also recently revealed by Xbox 360 Achievements, from the looks of things you will definitely be able to get all of them with just the Starter Pack (although perhaps some may be easier with multiple extra Play Sets) but there are a few multiplayer achievements that will require online play - such as being at the top of a stack of four players, something you almost certainly cannot do just in local 2 player co-op.
With E3 2013 starting up tomorrow the official Youtube channel for Disney Infinity has posted their E3 trailer.
It shows off a wide array of the varied types of gameplay that you'll be able to take part in and create once the game is released in August, just a couple of months away now.
As for their actual E3 presence they have set up their booth along with things like a life-sized version of the Infinity Base and a Monster Truck Cinderella Coach as well as "toy vending machines that will let guests grab an Infinity character pre-release!". It certainly looks like they're going all out to promote the game.
The Youtube channel has also posted a couple more videos for the two The Lone Ranger characters since the last news post:
Not the best kept secret in the world but today it has been revealed that The Lone Ranger will be one of the Play Sets that are available at launch in August.
Featuring The Lone Ranger as well as Tonto, both who are included in the Play Set pack, the gameplay shown seems very reminiscent of the Play Set mode that was seen in Disney Infinity's predecessor, the Toy Story 3 game from a few years ago. It appears you'll be riding your horse around town, shooting bad guys (with "ricochet combat" to hit the enemies that are hiding behind cover), and for this Play Set's unique customisation you'll be messing about with your very own train.
And now it's Monsters University's time to get the focus, the official Disney Infinity Youtube account has posted brand new videos showing off the Monsters University Play Set itself as well as the three playable characters.
There's also a small selection of new screenshots that have been posted in our own Screenshots Gallery.
Just like with the Cars Play Set a brand new set of videos focusing on each of the characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set has been posted on the official Disney Infinity Youtube channel.
Disney have also released a whole new set of screenshots from the Play Set that you can find in our Screenshots Gallery.
Despite the lack of any retailers with a pre-order for them the ESRB have just given a rating to Disney Infinity which includes Mac/PC as platforms for the game, as well as the expected PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U versions.
This is an adventure game in which players control toy versions of Disney characters that explore game worlds made entirely of toys. Players use an assortment of “cartoony” weapons (e.g., exaggerated-sized pistols, swords) to defeat enemy robots, monsters, and pirates. Combat can involve attacks such as sword swings, head-butts, and pistol fire; enemies break apart into pieces and disappear amid scattered coins when defeated. During some sequences, players can engage in more realistic sea battles, which are accompanied by canon fire and large explosions.
A seemingly finalised version of the boxart has also recently appeared on pre-orders for the game, it's much more colourful and shows off characters from the three Play Sets that are included with the Starter Pack.
Amazon.co.uk have posted images of a lot of the upcoming accessories for Disney Infinity (you can find them all in the Packaging Gallery) but what's interesting is that several images show confirmation of The Lone Ranger and Tonto as toys, including this one shot of the Modular Display Cases:
They're also inside the Messenger Bag and have artwork on the front of the Power Disc Album. The new Lone Ranger movie is due out in July so it is entirely possible that the characters will be available at launch for Disney Infinity in August.
Several US retailers such as GameStop, Walmart and Toys R Us have now posted a new character to add to the launch roster for Disney Infinity this August. Randall "Randy" Boggs is a character from the Monsters University Play Set and will be sold individually as well as in a "Villains" triple pack along with Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean and Syndrome from The Incredibles.
Several listings on Amazon.co.uk have also given more detail to the upcoming range of accessories that will be released alongside the game's launch. Full details can be found after the break.
The ESRB have posted a rating summary for a Disney Infinity game on the Nintendo 3DS.
This is a multiplayer “party game” in which players move Disney/Pixar characters around various game boards to compete in mini-game challenges. Mini-games include solving puzzles, racing, fighting, and collecting various items. Several mini-games depict characters shooting “cartoony” pistols, blasters, or cannonballs at ships or enemies/boss characters (e.g., droids, giant squid, pirates). A handful of mini-games require players to shoot other characters with projectiles, resulting in cries of pain and/or “dizzy-star” effects. One mini-game depicts a one-on-one battle with swords on a pirate ship.
Source: Nintendo Everything
Another grand showing off of the Toy Box mode in video form, with a video title of "Toy Box Heroes" they've set a focus on displaying the many different characters and franchises that are set to appear in Disney Infinity.
And this time they've even provided some new screenshots too, check them out in the Screenshots Gallery. There's even more film and TV franchises on display there for you to spot.
And now time for another official introduction to Disney Infinity, this one comes with new footage of playable characters like Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, Wreck-it Ralph, Vanellope von Schweetz, Ferb, Perry and even a glimpse of a Randall toy.
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This is the week of the Game Developers Conference so Disney have been showing off Disney Infinity to the press once again. Unfortunately so far there don't appear to have been any major new announcements so pretty much all of the coverage is going to be about covering the basics once again. Here's a round-up of those articles as they start to appear:
Giant Bomb have a fairly interesting half hour look at the game with John Vignocchi, you get to see more of The Incredibles Play Set as well as some play in the Toy Box.
The Verge have a hands-on with the game covering all you need to know about the premise.
Gamespot's GDC video gives us a good look at the Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set as well as one of the very first proper looks at the Cars Play Set.
GotGame shows off another glimpse of The Incredibles Play Set as well as a look further into the Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set.
On the official Youtube channel for Disney Infinity they have started a series of videos answering the question "What is Disney Infinity?". In this first episode they very briefly cover the four announced play set franchises and the characters that form part of them, including confirmation that Mike and Sulley won't be the only characters from Monsters Inc/University that will be playable at launch.
And it seems like they're looking for questions to answer so make sure to ask any of your burning questions over in the video's comments.
Despite the recent announcement of a delay lots of retailers have now posted pre-orders for Disney Infinity, now due to be released in August.
The general US pricing is $74.99 for a starter pack, $12.99 for an individual character, $29.99 for a triple pack of characters, $34.99 for a play set, and $4.99 for a pack of two power discs.
Amazon and GameStop have a free figure and a free pack of Power Discs when you pre-order the Starter Pack with them, Best Buy have just a free figure and the Disney Store has an offer for $15 off a future purchase. And Walmart seem to have... erm... very slightly lower prices.
The full selection of 20 "Series 1" Power Discs has been shown off on the official Disney Store with discs for a large number of Disney franchises; Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Bolt, Dumbo, Cars, Toy Story, Cinderella, Lilo & Stitch, Mulan, Wreck-it Ralph, Finding Nemo, Tangled, Pirates of the Caribbean, Up, and Mickey Mouse.
Unfortunately with only four power-up discs (the round ones) it seems their policy of one hexagonal and one round disc means that you'll be getting a lot of duplicate power-ups in your search for each of the sixteen Toy Box discs in these blind packs. But of course if you're planning on playing local co-op that may not be such an issue as you'll need discs for both characters on the Infinity Base.
It seems the June deadline was too much pressure as the release date for Disney Infinity has just been pushed back from June to August 18th in the US, August 23rd in the UK and August 20th elsewhere. The delay is said to be for polishing reasons and pressure from retailers rather than problems with the development of the game:
“We could deliver in June if we wanted to,” he said, adding, “Will a two-month timing change help us? Sure, of course. It gives us a little more time to add bells and whistles and make sure it really sings and pops.”
It does mean less time to play it over the summer, misses out on the synchronised launch with Monsters University and moves it nearer to the release of the rival franchise's sequel Skylanders: Swap Force which is due out around October.
Source: The New York Times
The fourth and final of the (currently announced) Cars characters has received her video for Disney Infinity.
This one features Holley Shiftwell from Cars 2.
A third Cars character trailer has appeared on the official Disney Infinity Youtube channel, Francesco Bernoulli takes the stage this time with more of a focus on the racing aspect of the Play Set.
Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-it Ralph makes a very brief appearance in the Toy Box section.
The official Facebook page for Disney Infinity is running a sweepstake to win the starter pack, note that it's only open to residents of the US.
The Disney Infinity Youtube channel has posted a second individual character trailer, still in the Cars franchise but this time focusing on Mater.
Hidden in there is a glimpse at what seems to be confirmation of Emperor Zurg as a playable character.
Collecting loads of new toys for Disney Infinity is all well and good but the problem then becomes where do you store them? Well it certainly looks like they're going to be prepared to answer that question as peripheral maker PDP has announced their line-up of storage solutions.
From cases and albums to store your Power Discs in, to stackable towers (pictured) and carrying cases to house the figures, all of your storage needs are met. For a price, of course. In the UK the various items will cost between £9.99 and £39.99 and be released around the launch of the game itself in June.
First revealed to the world just last month, Disney Infinity is the latest video-game from Disney - the twist this time being the physical toys that are required to play. In a similar vein to Skylanders you will need to purchase, in toy form, all of the characters that you wish to play as. These toys are then placed on a device similar to the Portal of Power, the Infinity Base, to transport your character into the game where you can play to your heart's content.
As well as the characters themselves you can also purchase "Play Sets", these allow access to a particular franchise's portion of the game where you can use your toys from that same franchise. The Play Sets that have been officially announced so far are as follows: The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters University, and Cars but expect several more in the months to come, like Toy Story and The Lone Ranger. Each one is almost like a full game in itself.
To unite all your toys together there is also a "Toy Box" mode which is a more freeform sand box type of environment where the different franchises can intermingle and play around with each other. You will be able to construct and play in levels of your own creation, limited only by your imagination (and the tools provided)!
In addition to the figures and the Play Sets there are also smaller, flat tokens that serve as power-ups. These Power Discs are placed underneath the characters to provide them with special abilities, these aren't limited to their own universe so you can use them anywhere you like even in the Play Sets. There is also another type of disc, a hexagonal disc that goes into the same spot as the Play Set piece, these provide you with items or themes to use within the Toy Box mode.
The franchises for these are much wider in scope than the full Play Sets and figures so while you may not be able to play as Dumbo you can ride a flying vehicle that looks like him. These will be sold in foil bags so that you cannot see what you are buying before you open it, to give a sense of mystery and a reason to trade with your friends when you get duplicates or items you don't want.
Disney Infinity will be released June 18th 2013 in North America and June 28th in the UK (July 15th for the rest of Europe). It will be available on the Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS as well as in some form on mobile phones.
Hello and welcome to this brand new fan site for the upcoming video-game Disney Infinity. Here at Infinity Guru we'll be bringing you all the latest news and updates on the game as it builds up towards release later this year, and, once the game is out, we'll continue to bring news of all the new Toys and Play Sets as well as be providing guides to the game itself and, provided it is even possible, a way to share your custom level creations.
For now we'll be getting up to speed on what has been announced since the reveal last month.
You might know me from darkSpyro, since 2004 I have been posting news and coverage of the Spyro the Dragon series of video games and, more recently, the Skylanders series that evolved from it. I hope to be building a similar sort of website and sense of community atmosphere here, but of course the game's not even out yet so only time will tell.