I don’t know about you but I tend to gauge the success of a computer game on (a) how long the children play on it, (b) how much noise they make when playing it (the more noise, the better the game) and (c) how quickly they ask if they can play it again and I have to say that Disney Universe has scored well with Curly on all three points. He first played it on Saturday morning whilst Beanie Boy was taking his morning nap and after 60 minutes of gameplay, we told him he had to turn it off before he got square eyes. During those 60 minutes, he whooped, growled, laughed and made a few other strange noises which sounded pretty positive and the best noise of all was at the end of the 60 minutes when we told him to turn it off and he said “awwwwwww”.
Not to miss out on an opportunity for more Disney Universe fun, the second we put Beanie Boy down for his afternoon nap Curly was begging us to have another go. Being the meanies that we are we said no, 60 minutes was enough computer time for one day and so we sent him outside for some fresh air but he did get a second bash at it on Sunday and again we heard the same positive sounds until we told him to turn it off. To me, that sounds like a successful new game!
Disney Universe brings together all our favourite movie worlds – Pirates of the Caribbean, Wall-E, The Lion King, Aladdin, Monsters Inc and Alice in Wonderland – and turns them into a gaming world where you get to dress up as your favourite character from the movies and work your way through the three levels in each of the six worlds to complete an objective such as finding a key or building a bridge. If you score high you can unlock further costumes.
It’s great for kids because they just have to hit anything that moves and some things that don’t and complete a few puzzles along the way. But if you want to play with a group the game becomes more involved with special rewards and weapons available. Using the Nunchuk you can lock your character to another players’ character and spin them out of the way or put them into the path of danger.
Disney Universe is aimed at children aged 8-12 years and is for 1-4 players and is available for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC/Mac and Wii.
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