Disney Infinity Review (X360)

Disney Interactive

Disney Infinity is basically the most perfect evil plan ever. Combine the addictive real world toy collecting and kid-friendly gameplay of Skylanders with Disney's most beloved characters and worlds, and you have the makings of a money making phenomenon that will sell like hotcakes this holiday season. It certainly doesn't hurt that the game beneath the mountain of toys is actually worth playing, which just makes you want to keep buying more toys.

We have everything you need to know here in our full Disney Infinity review.

Game Details

  • Publisher: Disney Interactive
  • Developer: Avalanche Software
  • ESRB Rating: “E" for Everyone
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Pros: Toy Box mode is amazing; high-quality figures; simple, but fun, gameplay
  • Cons: Random unlock process; very expensive; pretty simplistic


The first thing you need to know about Disney Infinity is that it has the potential to be very expensive, even more so than Skylanders. How expensive? Here are the MSRPs at release for everything, though you can find them on sale, now, for less. for less.​

  • Disney Infinity Starter Pack (Game, three figures, three playsets, one power disc) - $75 
  • Disney Infinity Power Disc Pack (two random power discs) - $5 
  • Play Set Packs (one new playset, two figures) - $35 
  • Individual Figures - $13 each 
  • Figure 3 Packs - $30 

Considering that the first wave has 40 pieces total (figures, play sets, power discs combined), you could be spending a lot of money to get it all.

It is also sort of slimy that the power disc packs are random, so you can (and will) end up with duplicates. And this is just the first wave! Other more popular characters and sets will be coming along eventually.

The Starter Pack does have everything you need to beat the game and get all of the achievements (with a possible exception being if you get a hexagonal power disc instead of a round one with your starter pack), so you don't really need to buy extra stuff if you don't want to.

Of course, if you want to play co-op in a playset, you'll need to buy extra figures because only characters from a playset's world can appear in it, so you might as well buy one of the figure 3 packs for $30. And you might be a "Lone Ranger" fan (lol) or "Cars" fan, so you'll need to buy the playsets for another $40 each. And you'll want new powers and extra stuff, so add in a few $5 power disc packs.

Worst Case Scenario

Uh oh, wave 2 is coming and a bunch of new figures and playsets you want are out! Now your baby is crying from hunger because you spent all of your food money on "Toy Story" figures and a loan shark is pounding on your door because you didn't pay them back after you borrowed money to buy power disc packs trying to find rare ones. A week later and you're lying in the gutter with a broken kneecap, clutching a scratched and dirty exclusive D23 Expo Sorcerer Mickey in your hand, and your ex-wife won't let you see your kid because you have a "problem". All I'm saying is, be careful with Disney Infinity.


Disney Infinity works just like Skylanders, but with some unique twists. The Starter Pack comes with the game, three figures - Sully from "Monster's University", Mr. Incredible from "The Incredibles", and Jack Sparrow from "Pirates of the Caribbean" - along with a playset piece that is actually three playsets in one to match the three characters included with the set.

The way it works is you plug a USB base unit into your Xbox 360, and then place figures or playsets on their designated spots on the base to instantly put them into the game. Just like in Skylanders, character data is saved to the figures themselves, so you can take your figures to your friend's house and play with your character in their game.

Disney Infinity also adds power discs to the mix, which do anything from giving you new items to use in the game to new texture packs for the Toy Box mode (more on this later) and more. In a neat touch, the power discs are designed to stack together, so you can use multiple power discs along with a figure standing on top all at the same time.

The gameplay in Disney Infinity is similar to the Traveller's Tales LEGO games (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc.) where you have simple melee or projectile attacks to fend off mindless enemies that don't put pu much of a fight, spend a lot of time jumping and climbing around on stuff, and break a huge number of inanimate objects in the search for shiny currency. It is all pretty simple and straightforward, moreso than the LEGO games, but this is a kids game after all.

There are two ways to play Disney Infinity. First is with the playsets that let you enter worlds designed around various Disney properties and play through a story campaign for each. They are large open worlds where you are free to explore and take quests from NPCs scattered around. As I mentioned above, there are three playsets included with the Starter Pack, each with its own full campaign, so there are a lot of gameplay hours to enjoy here.

Toy Box Mode

The other way to play is in the Toy Box Mode, which is one of the most interesting and fun modes we've played in a long time. Toy Box Mode lets you pretty much do whatever you want and plays just like a real toy box would. You can use any characters and items you want and just go nuts. You can also mix and match characters from different movies, so you can play co-op in the Toy Box with just the Starter Pack. The key here is that you can use items you unlock to shape the world how you want and build anything you can imagine. The controls for placing items, deleting objects, and more are explained in tutorials and are pretty easy to use. You can build castles, or race tracks, or mountains to climb, or anything else you want. You will eventually be able to share your levels and download other players' creations, but that feature isn't available yet. The Toy Box is the coolest part of Disney Infinity, and might just be worth the price of admission by itself.

The only downside of the Toy Box is that you have to unlock the items before you can use them. You unlock them by playing in the playsets, through special power discs, or by winning them in random drawings you earn. Trying to earn the piece you want in a random drawing is a pain, as I'm sure you can imagine. It is also a bit of a pain in that in order to unlock everything, you have to have other characters besides the three that come with the Starter Pack. There are character specific challenges in the playsets, as well as character specific item boxes that only they can open, so you pretty much have to buy more figures in order to unlock everything in the Toy Box. This is downright devious considering the Toy Box is the best part of the whole game.

Graphics & Sound

The presentation in Disney Infinity is really nice all around. The game is filled with bright colors and the worlds you play in are full of neat little details and special touches you'd expect out of something from Disney. The characters look great as well with good animation and a surprising amount of personality.

The sound is also quite good. Voice work for the characters is mostly done by the same actors as the movies, and sounds decent. The music is also straight from the movies, including a lot of licensed tracks, and is great.

Bottom Line

All in all, Disney Infinity is a really, really solid family-friendly game that kids and adults alike will be able to have fun with. I like the Toy Box mode a lot more than the playsets, which offer gameplay that is a little too simple to really hook an adult for long, but the game as a whole is really enjoyable overall. And it is particularly fun if you have kids to play it with. I have to admit I'm not really a fan of DLC disguised as real world toys (at prices that no sane person would ever pay for actual DLC) here or in Skylanders, but there is no denying that these games are an absolute genius idea that knows exactly what buttons to push in their target audience in order to get them to spend more money. My recommendation is to buy Disney Infinity if you have kids or are a big Disney fan yourself, but try to keep your spending on extra figures in check.

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