Toy Story Mania – Review

On September 23, 2009

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Toy Story Mania – Review

Our rating:

By: Toy Story Mania

Version #: 1.0.0 (iPhone OS 3.0 Tested)

Date Released: 2009-08-08

Developer: Walt Disney

Price: 4.99

User Rating:

Disney doesn’t usually skimp on its video games.  When combined with Pixar, who pretty much pioneered the concept of CGI, expectations are higher than they would be for a standard Joe Sixpack developed game.  However, there is also the consideration that Disney tends to market to a very young crowd and as a result they keep their videogames pretty simple.

Toy Story Mania is based on the Disney ride of the same name.  Sadly, it’s nowhere near as impressive.  They only have the Toy Story theme playing in the background, using none of the character voices.  Even the animation for the tours and help screens aren’t as impressive as such caliber should lend them to be.

This is not to say that this is a bad game.  It is quite simply a first-person shooter (or dart-thrower or egg-thrower, depending on which toy you select in the opening menu).  If it were anything less than Disney, I’d be fairly impressed (it would also likely be 60% cheaper).  But it’s Disney AND Pixar.  This game should rock my socks off, and it’s just kind of "eh".

On the other hand, I’m probably not the game’s target market.  This is intended for kids with an iPod Touch who would simply be impressed at having a game with the words "Toy Story" on the cover and seeing the characters interact within it.

Admittedly, I only played the first few levels of the balloon game.  Perhaps it gets more impressive later on or with other sections.  If for no other reason, I’ll keep this game on my iPod Touch to impress my niece and nephews when I next see them.

Pros: Decent graphics.  Good, but not great, game.

Cons: Expected more from a Disney/Pixar game.


Read the Developer's Notes:
You are the honorary toy so giddyup and test your skills in some zany and fun carnival games!All your favorite characters are here! Slide your finger up, down and across the screen to control your spring-action shooter. You’ll need to keep a sharp eye on your targets! Certain targets trigger surprise reactions and special effects. Travel with Buzz into outer space! Toss rings to launch spaceships and capture aliens in Buzz Lightyear’s Flying Tossers.  Balloons are popping up everywhere! Get ready to launch your darts in Bo Peep’s Baaa-loon Pop.—Gear up for target practice! Aim, shoot and break some plates! Keep your guard up and watch out for those tanks in Green Army Men Shoot Camp.—The barnyard animals are acting silly and running all over the place! Toss eggs at them and don’t let them get loose in Hamm’ n Eggs.—Test your skills in Woody’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Shootin’ Gallery! Quickly draw your darts and see how many targets you can hit.Compete for high scores, unlock bonus stages and earn points to win tickets! Use your tickets to purchase special items in the prize booth. Great for toys of all ages!
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