With that said, Elaine and I recently purchased a Disney Infinity 1.0 starter pack. Elaine also bought an Elsa figure, which can be used in the Toy Box mode (more on that later). We bought this set in anticipation of the release of Disney Infinity 2.0. While we were in the parks, we noticed how many different figures they had for gameplay, and it seemed like a fairly interesting concept. When we got home, we realized many of the Infinity 1.0 packs were on sale, so we figured we would give it a try and see if we liked it before shelling out more money for 2.0 figures and playsets.
There are two gameplay modes. Playset mode allows you to play as a Disney character through a storyline associated with that character. I've been playing through a Monster's University storyline as Sully, and it's actually pretty addicting. The storyline centers around frat house pranks between Monster's University and their rival, Fear Tech. Last night, I captured Fear Tech's mascot, Archie the Scare Pig. The other mode is an open sandbox that Disney calls the Toy Box. In the Toy Box, you can mesh multiple storylines together. You create your own world, borrowing from the worlds of the characters you own. Sully and Elsa can play side-by-side, and the possibilities are near endless.
What's remarkable about this game is that it really is fun for any age. Obviously, the game appeals to children. And, if you're a parent, you don't have to worry about excessive violence or foul language. The action in this game is mostly harmless. You fight bad guys, but they don't die, there's no blood, the characters don't curse—it's clean. But, it's not childish. The objectives are fun to complete, and they grow in difficulty as you progress through the game. For Disney, the best part is that it's a game that appeals to girls as well as boys. In fact, Elsa and Merida are some of the most popular characters. The game also has the ability to be played with up to four players connected by a wireless network, or two players on one system, which means families can play together. Disney was also surprised by how many people like Elaine and I play the game—a group they classify as "non-parent adults." It's become Disney's first "four-quadrant" success, appealing to all quadrants of the gaming market.
Tomorrow, Disney launches Infinity 2.0, their new version which will include their characters from the Marvel Universe. For now, I'm content playing through the 1.0 games I already own, so I'll avoid the rush for new figures and games, but as soon as I finish the Playset modes for Sully, Mr. Incredible, and Capt. Jack Sparrow, I see myself buying figures from the Guardians of the Galaxy playset. I'm definitely a fan of this interactive world and I find it to be a very cool concept.
For additional information on Infinity 2.0, checkout the Disney Infinity website. I also found this article on Business Insider that I thought was very interesting.