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Disney Infinity (also stylized as Disney INFINITY) is a video game developed by Avalanche Software and published by Disney Interactive Studios which was released on August 18, 2013. The video game uses collectible figurines that are then virtualized within the game allowing for characters from Disney and Pixar properties to interact and go on adventures, an aspect originally from U.B. Funkeys and Skylanders.

At launch, three worlds were available: The IncrediblesPirates of the Caribbean and Monsters University. Other incorporated elements include the Cars franchise, Toy StoryWreck-It Ralph, Phineas 'and FerbThe Nightmare Before ChristmasAladdin, DuckTales, Tron, Up, Tangled, FrankenweenieThe Lone Ranger, FrozenThe Muppets, Disney Parks, and more. The game was released for Wii, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS in August 2013. A PC version was also released on November 14, 2013. A portable Toy Box was also released exclusively for the iPad, along with another app for mobile devices called Disney Infinity: Action! where you can edit the characters into your own personal videos.

Gameplay

The game has the player place their Disney Infinity figures onto the circular spots of the Disney Infinity base to jump into the game and come alive in a fully animated interactive world. With the exception of non-biped characters such as those from the Cars series, each character has a double jump and a default set of attacks, as well as an ability unique to each figure.

For example, Sulley can roar to scare others whilst Violet and Randall Boggs can turn invisible. There are two main modes in the game: Play Set and Toy Box.

Play Set mode

Play Set mode has Disney Infinity play sets of films which are accessed via placing the relevant play set piece onto the hexagonal spot of the Infinity Base. This includes Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters 'UniversityThe IncrediblesCarsThe Lone Ranger, and Toy Story. These play sets have their own unique campaign, which can be played with up to two players locally. The player takes control of characters, and plays as them in original adventures in different worlds. In these worlds, the player battles enemies, solves puzzles, overcomes obstacles and completes a variety of other unique quests. Each play set is essentially a self-contained world, based on a specific movie or series with recognizable characters, gameplay and storylines. Characters from one world cannot enter into another world, meaning two figures from the same series are required to play a play-set in split-screen multiplayer. Playing through the play sets unlocks objects and vehicles that can be used in the Toy Box Mode.

Toy Box mode

Toy Box mode allows the player to create their own world and stories, similar to Toy Box mode in Toy Story 3: The Video Game. It also allows the player to mix and match everything that is unlocked within the play sets including characters, weapons and gadgets. There are various "adventures" in this mode, which help teach the player how to use the mode's tools. Players can also earn "spins", which can be used to unlock additional items in the Toy Box, by playing through play sets as well as the "adventures" for the first time, or leveling up their characters. The mode supports online multiplayer, in which players can play around with items that only the other player has, albeit only during that session.

A portable Toy Box became available in late 2013, exclusively for the iPad. A version of the Toy Box is also available for the Microsoft Windows personal computer. These versions of the Toy Box utilize the web codes included with each Disney Infinity character.

Physical elements

The Starter Pack edition of the game is bundled with three figurines (James P. Sullivan, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Mr. Incredible), the play set piece for Monsters UniversityPirates of the Caribbean, and The Incredibles, and an Infinity Base. The Infinity Base has two round spots to place figurines, and a hexagonal spot to place play set pieces. When the figurines are placed on the Infinity Base, the characters are imported into the game, while play set pieces unlock Play Sets.

Power Discs are discs that can be placed on the Infinity Base along with their characters to add new elements to the game. Players can use up to three environment enhancements (Hexagonal Power Discs) that can only be used in the toy box mode, and up to two character enhancements (Circular Power Discs) per character. The environment enhancements can alter the terrain, change the background "sky," add new vehicles or add new weapons. The character enhancements will alter things about the character such as damage done, replenish health, allow for faster experience gain for leveling and so on. One Power Disc is included with the Starter Pack whilst additional discs are sold in blind bags each containing two discs.

Alternate versions

Following a delay, the PC version of Disney Infinity was released on November 14, 2013. This version is available free of charge, and can be downloaded from the official Disney Infinity website. This version originally contained only the game's Toy Box mode, similar to the iPad version. However, a patch was released on February 28, 2014 that added in all six Play Sets, putting it on par with the console versions. The game features several changes from the console version, however. The game does not support the Infinity Base. Instead, characters are unlocked either by purchasing them from the Disney Infinity website (at a discounted rate, due to the lack of a physical figurine) or by redeeming a web code card included with the physical figurines. Since Power Discs do not come with web codes, they must be purchased from the PC Shop. The game also does not support multiplayer, though players can link up with the console version to share Toy Boxes between the two versions.

Due to the space limitations of the Wii platform, some design decisions had to be made in the game. The gameplay does not have online play or multiplayer in Play Sets, but there is multiplayer in Toy Box. That means: smaller play set worlds, no downloadable or shareable toy box worlds. Toy Box version has only 6 different Toy Box Worlds, each with different toys and tools. On August 21, 2014, the Disney Infinity software was released as a free download for the North American Wii U eShop, for the convenience of upgrading to the superior Wii U version for players who originally own the Wii Starter Pack, although the Wii version is backwards-compatible on Wii U. The follow-up game is not available for Wii.

Different from the console and PC versions, the Nintendo 3DS version of the game is a party game, in which up to four players play on various themed game boards and participate in various minigames. The Toy Box mode can be used to create new game boards. This version uses its own Infinity Base, which has only one character slot compared to the console version, and connects to the 3DS wirelessly.

Characters

Playable characters

Released playable characters
Wave Character Franchise Notes
1 Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean Starter Pack
1 Barbossa  Sidekick Pack (also sold separately)
1 Davy Jones Villains Pack (also sold separately)
1 Mr. Incredible The Incredibles Starter Pack
1 Mrs. Incredible Sidekick Pack (also sold separately)
1 Violet Girl Power Pack (also sold separately)
1 Dash Sold separately
1 Syndrome Villains Pack (also sold separately)
1 Lightning McQueen Cars Cars Play Set (compatible with monster truck wheels)
1 Holley Shiftwell Cars Play Set (compatible with monster truck wheels)
1 Francesco Bernoulli Sold separately (compatible with monster truck wheels)
1 Mater Sold separately (compatible with monster truck wheels)
1 Sulley Monsters University Starter Pack
1 Mike Wazowski Sidekick Pack (also sold separately)
1 Randy Boggs Villains Pack (also sold separately)
1 The Lone Ranger The Lone Ranger The Lone Ranger Play Set
1 Tonto The Lone Ranger Play Set
2 Jack Skellington The Nightmare Before Christmas Sold separately
2 Woody Toy Story Sold separately
2 Buzz Lightyear Toy Story in Space Play Set
2 Jessie Toy Story in Space Play Set
2 Rapunzel Tangled Girl Power Pack (also sold separately)
2 Wreck-It Ralph Wreck-It Ralph Wreck-It Ralph Toy Box Pack (also sold separately)
2 Vanellope von Schweetz Wreck-It Ralph Toy Box Pack

Girl Power Pack (also sold separately)

2 Anna Frozen Frozen Toy Box Pack (also sold separately)
2 Elsa Frozen Toy Box Pack (also sold separately)
2 Sorcerer Mickey Fantasia Sold separately (released early at D23 2013)
2 Phineas Flynn Phineas and Ferb Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack (also sold separately)
2 Agent P Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack (also sold separately)
 
Wave Character Franchise Notes
N/A Ferb Fletcher Phineas and Ferb Ferb was programmed into the coding of Disney Infinity; however, he was scrapped at the last minute for unknown reasons.
N/A Emperor Zurg Toy Story

Exclusive

Crystal Exclusives

Series Character Franchise Place to Buy
1 Crystal Lightning McQueen Cars Toys "R" Us
2 Crystal Sulley Monsters University Toys "R" Us (Tesco in UK)
2 Crystal Mr. Incredible The Incredibles Toys "R" Us (Asda in UK)
2 Crystal Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Toys "R" Us (Argos in UK)
2 Crystal Lone Ranger The Lone Ranger Toys "R" Us (Game in UK)
2 Crystal Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean Toys "R" Us (Amazon.co.uk in UK)
  • In the US, Crystal Buzz Lightyear is sold with Crystal Lightning McQueen in the Race to Space pack. In other countries, he is sold separately.

Early Release

Series Character Franchise Place to Buy
2 Woody Toy Story Walmart
2 Jack Skellington The Nightmare Before Christmas GameStop (United States), EB Games (Canada)
2 Wreck-It Ralph Wreck-It Ralph Best Buy
2 Vanellope von Schweetz Target
2 Rapunzel Tangled Walmart
2 Anna and Elsa (Frozen Toy Box pack) Frozen Toys "R" Us
2 Phineas Phineas and Ferb GameStop
2 Agent P

Non-playable characters

Cast Members
Play Set Character Franchise Notes
"Toy Story in Space" Hamm Toy Story None.
"Toy Story in Space" Rex None.
"Toy Story in Space" Slinky Dog None.
"Pirates of the Caribbean" Joshamee Gibbs Pirates of the Caribbean None.
"Pirates of the Caribbean" Tia Dalma None.
"Pirates of the Caribbean" Pintel None.
"Pirates of the Caribbean" Ragetti None.
"The Incredibles" Edna Mode The Incredibles None.
"The Incredibles" Rick Dicker None.
"The Incredibles" Mirage None.
"Cars" Luigi Cars None.
"Cars" Ramone None.
"Cars" Flo None.
"Cars" Chick Hicks Racing opponent
"Cars" The King None.
"Cars" Guido None.
"Cars" Finn McMissile Racing opponent
"Cars" Shu Todoroki Racing opponent
"Cars" Carla Veloso Racing opponent
"Cars" Tractors None.
"Cars" Rotor Turbosky The person who delivers your items.
"Monsters University" Art Monsters University None.
"Monsters University" Scott "Squishy" Squibbles None.
"Monsters University" Terri and Terry Perry None.
"Monsters University" Don Carlton None.
"The Lone Ranger" Red Harrington The Lone Ranger None.
"The Lone Ranger" Butch Cavendish None.
Townspeople
Character Franchise Notes
Mickey Mousecostume Mickey Mouse & Friends None.
Snow Whitecostume Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs None.
Dopey costume None.
Grumpy costume None.
Pinocchio costume Pinocchio None.
Jiminy Cricketcostume None.
Cinderella costume Cinderella None.
Prince Charmingcostume None.
Fairy Godmothercostume None.
King costume None.
Grand Dukecostume None.
Mad Hattercostume Alice in Wonderland None.
Peter Pan costume Peter Pan None.
Tinker Bellcostume None.
Merlin costume The Sword in the Stone None.
Mary Poppinscostume Mary Poppins None.
Robin Hoodcostume Robin Hood None.
Elliott costume Pete's Dragon None.
Winnie the Poohcostume Winnie the Pooh None.
Tigger costume None.
Knight costume Bedknobs and Broomsticks None.
Kermit costume The Muppets None.
Miss Piggycostume None.
Animal costume None.
Scrooge McDuckcostume DuckTales and Mickey Mouse & Friends None.
Ariel costume The Little Mermaid None.
Belle costume Beauty and the Beast None.
Jasmine costume Aladdin None.
Genie costume None.
Jack Skellingtoncostume The Nightmare Before Christmas None.
Sally Skellingtoncostume None.
Pumpkin-in-the-Box costume None.
Woody costume Toy Story None.
Buzz Lightyearcostume None.
Jessie None.
Squeeze Toy Aliencostumes There are at least five distinct variants, one of which can be dressed like a Goomba from the Super Mario Bros. series.
Sulley costume Monsters, Inc. None.
Mike Wazowskicostume None.
Lilo costume Lilo & Stitch Stitch himself appears on the front of a ride-able hovering surfboard.
Jack Sparrowcostume Pirates of the Caribbean None.
Hector Barbossacostume None.
Yeti costume Disney Parks None.
Sulley costume Monsters, Inc. None.
Mater paint job Cars None.
Lightning McQueenpaint job None.
Holley Shiftwellpaint job None.
Francesco Bernoulli paint job None.
Finn McMissilepaint job None.
Phineas Flynncostume Phineas and Ferb None.
Ferb Fletchercostume None.
Agent P costume None.
Dr. Doofenshmirtzcostume None.
Candace Flynncostume None.
Norm costume None.
Rapunzel costume Tangled None.
Fix-It Felix costume Wreck-It Ralph If you look closely in the Disney Infinity Violet figure commercial, you can see him in one of the scenes.
Wreck-It Ralphcostume None.
Vanellope von Schweetz costume None.
Anna costume Frozen None.
Elsa costume None.
Olaf costume None.
Baron Von Ruthless costume The Incredibles None.
Violet Parrcostume None.
Mr. Incrediblecostume None.
Mrs. Incrediblecostume None.
Gazerbeamcostume None.
Dynaguy costume None.
Apogee costume None.
Dash Parr costume None.
The Lone Rangercostume The Lone Ranger None.
Tonto None.
Generic knights
None.
Generic people
There are several distinct variants.
Enemies
Character Franchise Notes
Disney Villaincostumes Disney Villains Comparable to "townspeople", they are not their actual respective namesakes as there can be several of the same "costume" at once. This allows future playable versions of the Disney Villains possible, yet not feel forced upon.
Magic Brooms Fantasia None.
Davy Jonescostume Pirates of the Caribbean None.
Weaselscostumes The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad None.
Beagle Boyscostumes DuckTales None.
Card Soldiercostumes Alice in Wonderland There are at least two distinct variants.
Rhino Guards Robin Hood None.
Razoul Aladdin None.
Zurg's Robots Toy Story There are at least three distinct variants.
The Flying Dutchman Crew Pirates of the Caribbean There are at least three distinct variants.
Kraken None.
Omnidroids The Incredibles There are at least three distinct variants.
Randall Boggscostume Monsters, Inc. None.
The Hoarder costume The Incredibles None.
Syndromecostume None.
Fear TechStudents Monsters University There are at least three distinct variants.
Bandits The Lone Ranger There are at least three distinct variants.
Vehicles and Mounts
Character or Vehicle Franchise Notes
Dumbo cart Dumbo Can take flight. (Rare Power Disc)
Headless Horseman's steed The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad None.
Carriage cart Cinderella A figure of the Grand Duke rides with the playable character (compatible with monster truck wheels).
Philippe Beauty and the Beast None.
Abu Aladdin Appears as an elephant.
Bullseye Toy Story None.
Khan Mulan None.
Tantor Tarzan None.
Maximus Tangled None.
Angus Brave None.
Vanellope's Candy Kart Wreck-It Ralph None.
King Candy's Royal Racer None.
Archie the Scare Pig Monsters University None.
Silver The Lone Ranger None.
Scout None.
Elephant None.
Buildings, Building Pieces, and Set Pieces
Name Franchise Notes
Monstro Tunnel Pinocchio None.
Cinderella's Castle Cinderella Not one building, but many different parts.
Cave of Wonders Aladdin None.
Pride Rock The Lion King None.
Luigi's Casa Della Tires Cars None.
Flo's V8 Cafe None.
Radiator Springs City Hall None.
Tow Mater Towing & Salvage None
Ramone's House of Body Art None.
Radiator Springs Curios None.
Sarge's Surplus Hut None.
Fillmore's Organic Fuels None.
Cozy Cone Motel None.
Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated Phineas and Ferb None.
Niceland skyscraper Wreck-It Ralph None.
Only seen in Early Concept Sketches
Character Franchise
The Underminer The Incredibles
Victor Frankenstein Tim Burton's Frankenweenie
Sparky
Abominable Snowman Monsters University
Grem Cars
Chicken Little Chicken Little
The Wizard Oz the Great and Powerful
The Wicked Witch

Confirmed items

Voice cast

  • Craig T. Nelson as Mr. Incredible
  • Holly Hunter as Elastigirl
  • Jason Lee as Syndrome
  • Raymond Ochoa as Dash
  • Sarah Vowell as Violet
  • Elizabeth Peña as Mirage
  • Bud Luckey as Rick Dicker
  • Kevin Delaney as Edna Mode
  • Kiff VandenHeuvel as Newscaster
  • Joel McCrary Sulley
  • Carlos Alazraqui Mike
  • Peter Sohn as Squishy
  • Charlie Day as Art
  • Sean Hayes as Terri
  • Jared Butler Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Brian George Captain Hector Barbossa
  • Bill Nighy Davy Jones
  • Kevin McNally Joshamee Gibbs
  • Lee Arenberg Pintel
  • Mackenzie Crook Ragetti
  • Julianne Buescher Tia Dalma
  • Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger
  • Jared Butler as Tonto
  • Valerie Arem as Red Harrington
  • William Fichtner as Butch Cavendish​​​​​​
  • Keith Ferguson as Lightning McQueen
  • Larry the Cable Guy as Mater
  • Emily Mortimer as Holley Shiftwell
  • Carlos Alazraqui as Francesco Bernoulli
  • Michael Shalhoub as Luigi
  • Guido Quaroni as Guido
  • Lloyd Sherr as Fillmore
  • Jenifer Lewis as Flo
  • Cheech Marin as Ramone
  • Richard Petty as Strip "The King" Weathers
  • Martin Jarvis as Finn McMissile
  • Mike MacRae as Buzz Lightyear
  • Jim Hanks as Woody
  • Kat Cressida as Jessie
  • Wallace Shawn as Rex
  • Blake Clark as Slinky Dog
  • John Ratzenberger as Hamm
  • Jeff Pidgeon as Little Green Men
  • Andrew Stanton as Emperor Zurg (uncredited)
  • Bret Iwan Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey
  • Chris Sarandon Jack Skellington
  • Mandy Moore Rapunzel
  • Kristen Bell Anna
  • Idina Menzel Elsa
  • Vincent Martella Phineas Flynn
  • Brian T. Delaney Wreck-It Ralph
  • Sarah Silverman Vanellope
  • Yuri Lowenthal Toy Box Narrator

Adventures

In the Toy Box mode, adventures can be accessed by stepping on the red circle on the Disney Infinity hub. There are two types of adventures: basic adventures, and character adventures. Basic adventures can be accessed by any character, while character adventures can only be accessed when a certain character is present. The Carscharacters can only access Castles & Slingshots, Sumo, racing adventures and their own adventures.

Editions

Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition

​​​​​​There were rumors of discussions to use characters from other properties owned by Disney such as the Marvel Universe and Star Wars, who are reported to be in development

On April 30, 2014, Disney announced a follow-up game, Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition, for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, iOS, PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in Q4 2014, featuring characters from the Marvel Comics universe, as the first installment of Disney Infinity 2.0. The game will feature improved Toy Box editor tools and introduces Toy Box Games, discs which allows players to create games based on genres such as tower defense. The game will also be compatible with all figurines and accessories from the previous Disney Infinity. The starter pack will contain figures for Avengers characters Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow, with figures of Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Stitch, Maleficent, Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Merida, Aladdin, Jasmine, Spider-Man, Venom, and other assorted Spider-Man characters being released separately alongside the game.

Disney Infinity: 3.0 Edition

Main article: Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition

Reception[1]

Disney Infinity received mostly positive reviews from critics (except for the 3DS version, which received negative reviews). It received a 74 and 75 out of 100 on review aggregrator site Metacritic, for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 respectively.

The sandbox mode, namely the Toy Box mode, received much praise. Steven O'Donnell of Good Game: Spawn Pointstated that "it's a bit like Minecraft in that you're dropped into an open world that you can then build some pretty spectacular structures in." Kevin VanOrd of GameSpot called the Toy Box "a gleefully entertaining shared space," and greatly preferred it over the story mode.

The figurines of the playable characters received mixed to positive reactions. Daniel Krupa of IGN said that they're "well-made statues," and that "each one really captures the personality of that character with a charismatic stance." The soundtrack and dialogue of Disney Infinity also received mixed reactions. Andrew Reiner of Game Informersaid that "characters repeat dialogue way too often," and that the soundtrack is "often surprisingly absent." Andy Robertson of Forbes stated that his children loved playing the figurines, both in the game and as toys.

The overall price of the game and all of the toys received media coverage. Jeff Cork of Game Informer said that to purchase all items at the launch (the game, all launch toys and power discs) it costs a minimum of AUD$460. Kevin VanOrd of GameSpot called Disney Infinity "a platform designed to keep you spending money." Nick Cowen of The Guardian warned parents to "get ready with those wallets."

In September 2013, Disney revealed that the game had sold 294,000 copies in the United States during its first two weeks on sale.

On October 18, 2013, Disney Interactive announced that the game had sold more than a million copies worldwide. With more figures not yet released, Disney hopes the number of units sold will continue to grow. As of January 20, 2014, three million starter packs have been sold.

The game was nominated for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 2014, but lost to Just Dance 2014.

Trivia

  • The Luxo Ball is a projectile and various other uses in Toy Box, just like in Toy Story 3: The Video Game.
  • Some of the international trailers contain a few alternate shots from the game.
  • The song playing in the trailer is "Nero's Me and You".
  • The face statues in the fish tank from Finding Nemo also appear.
  • Syndrome appears in the game, which is strange since he got killed at the end of The Incredibles.
  • Certain music from the films also play. These include "Jessie's in Trouble" and "Zurg's Planet" by Randy Newman from Toy Story 2; "Saving Metroville" by Michael Giacchino from The Incredibles; "Wow" by Thomas Newman from Finding Nemo; the Condorman main theme by Mancini; "Peter Pan Ride Music" by Sammy Cahn and Sammy Fain from the Disneyland ride; "Sugar Rush Showdown" by Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson from Wreck-It Ralph; "Re-Animation" by Danny Elfman from Frankenweenie; the end title from The Nightmare Before Christmas by Elfman; "Gitchee Gitchee Goo" by Jon Barry, Jeff Marsh and Dan Povenmire from Phineas and Ferb; "Sugar Rush" by Jamie Houston and Yasushi Akimoto from Wreck-It Ralph; "Recognizer" by Daft Punk from Tron: Legacy; "Mickey Mouse March" by Jimmie Dodd from The Mickey Mouse Club; "Something That I Want" by Grace Potter from Tangled; "All in the Golden Afternoon" by Bob Hilliard and Sammy Fain from Alice in Wonderland; and tracks by Sasha Dikiciyan from the Tron: Evolution video game, and "WALL•E" by Thomas Newman from WALL•E.
  • Although Raoul ÇaRoule and Max Schnell appear on pictures in Ramone's House of Body Art, they do not make a physical appearance in the game.
  • Although Lizzie, Sarge, and Sheriff do not appear in the game, they are mentioned various times. Sarge was mentioned by Finn that he agreed to let Finn run Sarge's Surplus Hut while he is on vacation. Flo mentions that the hut needs to be built since Sarge and Sheriff are on vacation, as well as mentioning Lizzie as to find some of her license plates that are scattered around.
  • Some of the vintage posters for Cars 2 appear in Luigi's Casa Della Tires, although not in the Toy Box.
  • Although Tony Rydinger does not appear in the game, he was mentioned by Violet wondering what he was doing, and Dash singing "K-I-S-S-I-N-G" about Violet and Tony. Also, Jack-Jack Parr was mentioned by Mr. Incredible, who hopes that he will handle well with his babysitter. He was also mentioned by Mrs. Incredible, who also mentions Kari McKeen in different lines, wondering if she is handling Jack-Jack.
  • The Battle Races, turbo boost packs, and some music and sound effects from Cars 2: The Video Game are reused in the game.
  • Andy Davis, Flynn Rider, Pascal, and Marshmallow are mentioned in the game.
  • Ferb Fletcher and Emperor Zurg were both intended to be in the original version of Disney Infinity. However, for unstated reasons, both were scrapped as playable characters.
  • The game's subtitles spell Arendelle as "Arandelle".
  • In Skylanders: Trap Team, Bomb Shell, a villain of the Magic element, bares a slight resemblance to the Turtle Pirate enemy, as both are turtles who throw bombs.
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