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This Toy story 3 ds game is for ages 3 plus! my daughter recently got a ds and as her favourite thing in the world is toy story i decided to get this game for her! i thought it was very good value for money in comparison with some of the games out there but once we got it i was slightly disappointed. I thought it would be very easy for her to use and to start with it was she could work her way through the menu and get to the games etc.. but then i learnt that you have to complete games to move on. This involves completing levels she wasn't capable of doing. She could see the other games on the menu and knew which ones she wanted to play she just couldn't get to them without completing the previous games. This meant i had to play! I found some of the games playing with her quite enjoyable but also very repetitive and this bored my daughter slightly! she would watch me for about 10 minutes and then leave me to do the rest of the game. Once i had unlocked all the games and she could play the ones she wanted it was a lot better. She enjoyed playing the games and still does every evening. She gets stuck on some games but has now got used to going back on herself and getting to different games which i felt was quite easily done.. So overall i would recommend this game just suggest if its for a younger child you might want to unlock the games for them before they see it! would have caused me a lot less tantrums as she was confued as why she couldn't chose the game she wanted to play.
My sons each have their own DS console, and my mum picked up this Toy Story 3 game for my eldest son, now 5, last Christmas. This game was released in 2010, and is still about £20 to buy new today. It is aimed at children age 3 plus, and I would say this is a good guide to the content of the game, but be aware that smaller children will need some help completing parts of this game. My own experience of the game is through watching my children play it, and through them asking me to complete certain parts of it for them so they can progress in the game. Although my 5 year old has completed it, he still can't complete all parts of it by himself, so that might give you some idea that he is quite competent at gaming and using the console, it is just that some actions are a bit tricky for him to do. The game can be a multiplayer game, but to do this, you need to own 2 DS consoles and 2 copies of the game, so we have only ever played it one player due to the cost of buying a 2nd game being more than it is worth for this to happen. In the game, there are 2 modes of play. Story mode is the linear platform game, taking you through the action as seen in the film of the same name. The second mode is playtime mode, a mode that I personally find offensive to my ears but the kids seem to love as it is fully independent. In this mode, you act as Buzz or Woody, and you are on a giant play mat. You have to build big towers and shoot mini arrows at toy soldiers to defend your base and stop them reaching it. All you can hear when it plays is the same repetitive tune, and the character of Woody or Buzz shouting 'I need some help here!', and it just gets grates on me after a few minutes. The main story mode is really good and follows closely the plot from the film, starting with the scene where the toys are trying to stop the train from crashing because evil Dr Porkchop is firing a laser at it. In all levels you have to use the joypad to control the character, but at some points you also need the stylus to help the characters avoid being shot by the laser. As you work through the story, you go around collecting Pixar balls. I've never quite worked out why you are doing it as I haven't played enough, but if you are hit, you lose them and need to start again. The game starts you at Andy's room, collecting coins, and finding his cell phone to make a call to him, then you work through Sunnyside avoiding the trucks and the children, via Bonny's house, and the Tristate Garbage Dump. At all points there are instructions on the screen how to play, whether that is to make Buzz fly across a gap, blow into the speaker to make lots of bubbles to distract the children, climb on the roof of the nursery to escape by kite, or avoid the fire pits at the garbage dump. Most of the game play is simplistic enough for the kids, but they do tend to struggle if you have to press a couple of buttons in quick succession in the game play. They struggle when you have to take a jump and then make Buzz fly, or if you have to get across the room by floating on helium balloons, and you have to jump from one to the next very quickly. I can understand their frustration as In find some of these moves tricky myself. Visually, this game is very good. The characters and action match perfectly what you have seen in the film. It also has enough different areas of the game to keep you playing for ages, even if you are older and can do the actions quicker. There is also enough to get the kids to keep playing it even though they have completed it. They don't mind going back and doing the same scenes over again. Musically, I began to pick up that apart from the playtime mode which was highly annoying, the rest of the score used in the game is also taken directly from the film. Not something everyone might pick up, but I have seen the film about 50 times, and watched my kids play this game enough for me to think it is a nice touch, and appreciate the effort that has gone into making the two things so similar. Gameplay is mostly through the buttons on the main part of the console, but occasionally you need to use the stylus two. Instructions are always very clear on the console, mostly through picture diagrams of what to do, so the only time younger kids need a lot of support is when the instructions are written on screen, like press A to pick up items. My overall impression is that this game has been very well played with by my kids, so it makes it very worth the £20 price tag in my opinion. If you have a Toy Story fan in your life who also likes computer games, this is a very good option, and not a quick cash in on the franchise.
===Introduction=== As mentioned in other reviews I was fortunate last Christmas to receive a Nintendo DS XL from my wife as one of my presents, she bought it from Amazon and at the time of her purchase they were running a promotion where you could select a game from a number of titles for just £10.00. Toy Story 3 was one of the choices available and as she had bought me the DVD as another present my wife thought it would be a nice idea for me to have both the game and film together. As I have been ploughing my way through the latest Professor Layton game it took longer than I anticipated to try out my other new games but a few days ago I finally unwrapped Toy Story 3 from its wrapper and fired up my Nintendo DS. ===Premise=== Loosely based on the film of the same name Toy Story 3 for the Nintendo DS follows Woody, Buzz and the gang as they find themselves being packed away by their owner, Andy. Destined for the attic now that Andy has outgrown them a mistake is made and the toys end up being shipped off to a day care centre where they are subjected to the attention of over-zealous toddlers. It's up to Woody to convince them that they need to go home but not all the toys are quite as friendly as others and there are going to be obstacles in their way... ===Graphics and Sound=== As an official Disney Pixar release you would expect the graphics of the game to be good and they don't disappoint. Purely limited by the capabilities of the Nintendo gaming system itself the animated graphics are beautifully rendered with bright colours and intricate backdrops. Whilst not flawless and certainly not film quality they are perhaps amongst the best I have seen on a game for the DS and really bring the characters to life. The background music which accompanies the game is jovial and upbeat and the familiar voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz are recognisable. There are nice touches of humour throughout the game as there is with the film and the animated cut sequences keep the game play and momentum flowing. There is little to criticise as far as how the game is presented but what's it like to actually play? ===Game Play=== When first installed you are given 3 options to how you want to play the game. Story Mode and Quick play are essentially the same apart from Story Mode includes the animated cut sequences whereas quick play takes you from one level to the next without interruption. Playtime Mode is the third choice which I will cover later. I played the game on Story Mode so this is what I will concentrate on in my review and as the name suggests this is the longer of the options available. Recreating significant moments in the film you control either Woody or Buzz as they are set a number of challenges to complete, these range from very easy to quite tricky as the game progresses. In some sections you have to simply get to another character to talk to them, in others you have to retrieve items which will help increase your stamina or strength and you are helped along the way with clear instructions and helpful hints and tips. Controlling the characters is via the DS's up, down, left and right buttons rather than the stylus was unusual for a DS game I thought but the stylus is utilised in other areas of the game. Moving the characters around was easy enough though and you do have more control by using the joy pad rather than the stylus, the A, B, X and Y buttons control various character capabilities (Jumping, gliding etc) and again these are responsive and not as awkward as I first imagined they would be. The only area of criticism for controlling the characters for me was that occasionally the stylus was needed, I found it a bit tricky to hold the DS in both hands and use the stylus too and I would imagine that younger players would find this quite awkward. Fortunately the stylus isn't used very often but it is a concern worth mentioning - For me it would have been better not to have had to use the stylus at all as I ended up sitting with it between my teeth whilst using my hands to hold the console and as you can imagine switching from regular game play to stylus controls interrupted the flow of the game and did become a little frustrating at times. The majority of the game is played with Woody as the controllable character but Buzz does make an appearance in some of the levels, both characters have different capabilities which are in keeping with their own individual personalities and the pair of them are easy to control. As the film itself concentrates on Woody he is the main focus of the game, this I suppose could be disappointing for any fans of Buzz Lightyear and personally I would have liked him to have featured more. The other characters of Hamm, Mr Potato Head, Rex etc only appear as supporting and not controllable characters which I thought was a shame and whilst Lotso is the main villain in the film he only appears in fleeting segments and again was rather underused in the game itself. Other than that though the game itself plays beautifully, the characters are easy to control and whilst the challenges aren't terribly difficult to complete they are well conceived. Clearly the game is marketed towards the younger generation, 3+ being the recommended age the game would be suitable for (although I can't imagine any 3 year olds being dextrous enough to use the controllers and stylus personally) and much of the game play is helped along the way by means of onscreen prompts. For me this made the game far too easy to complete, I don't mind being prompted a couple of times to get used to the controls but on every level you are told what buttons to press and what you have to do, from start to finish the game only took me 4 hours to complete which was slighty underwhelming I have to admit and I would have preferred the game to be a little more challenging. However, saying that, I am obviously not the target market for the game so I can't criticise too harshly all the help that is offered. For an adult player there probably isn't enough to do and the levels will offer no real challenges but for children I would imagine that they'd be enthralled with what the game has in store and would find the game play thrilling and exciting. I briefly mentioned the third choice of game at the start menu earlier, the Playtime Mode. During the main game itself there are times when the characters go to 'playtime' and this option gives you the chance to play each of the challenges separately from the game itself. Essentially this entails you having to protect your 'home base' from a series of attacks from the enemy and you have to strategically place a number of weapons in their path to prevent the 'bad guys' from reaching your target. I really liked this mini-game I must admit and replayed these sections once I had completed the main game, it often gets fast and furious and is a nice little addition to the package as a whole and its inclusion here is well worth the price of the game itself. There are only a limited number of these available though which is a shame, a few new levels or the ability to adapt and change the settings would have been handy inclusion but at least they are there should you want a quick game away from the actual story. ===Overall Thoughts=== I do think that maybe the main game is a little too short and whilst it does stick to the bare bones of the story there was definite scope for more, the supporting characters which feature quite extensively in the film are underused in the game and I would have liked them to have had more to do and be more involved with the game play itself. Graphics wise there's little to grumble about and the actual game itself manages to capture the essence of the film. It is without doubt a charming game that should definitely appeal to younger fans of the Toy Story franchise but for an adult player there probably aren't enough challenges to hold and maintain much of a lasting interest. I completed the game in a relatively short time and for me there wasn't enough replay value for me to want to play it again, the Playtime mini-games are good though and I do think that as a game for the younger generation it would be entirely appropriate. The price of the game has plummeted since before Christmas when it was originally selling at over £20.00 (although mine was cheaper) and nowadays on amazon it retails for just £9.91. For under a tenner I think this is a fantastic price for an official piece of Disney Pixar merchandise and would definitely recommend its purchase for any child or grandchild who is around 5 years of age especially those who are fond of the films. Any child should find the game to be challenging enough to hold their interest but not too difficult that it becomes frustrating and they should get plenty of hours of enjoyment from the game. As far as my rating goes, 4 stars seems fair to me with the only deduction being for the sometimes awkward game play when the stylus is needed and for the limited inclusion of the supporting characters. Other than that Toy Story 3 for the Nintendo DS gets a hearty recommendation from me for all the reasons mentioned in this review, thanks for reading. Please note that this also appears on ciao under my username.
Knowing my twins are going to be having a nintendo DS for xmas I went on the search for DS games I thought they may like. One of the few games I've bought for them is Toy Story 3. After watching the new Toy Story 3 back in July everything has been Buzz, Woody or any other toy story character, as the twins absolutely love it. Of course being me though I decided to try out the game on my own DS first. Toy Story 3's DS game follows the Toy Story 3 actual story as closely as possible, taking us through it game by game, showing us picture scenes from the film itself and allowing us to delve a little deeper into the story with the games we can play. The games take us away from the story slightly, not following the 'toy story' perfectly but just letting you enjoy each scene from the film a little more with them. The graphics are brilliant, each character looking exactly like the ones you will find in the actual film making the games all the more special as your child can play as their favourite characters therefore making it more exciting too! The pictures are bright and colourful and very realistic. Although you can't actually play as every toy story character, you can actually only play as the main ones Buzz or Woody, some of the other characters are involved or appear within the games in one way or another, such as Rex and Slinky. You do really have to play in 'story' mode first, completing each level one by one to unlock them. Once the levels are unlocked you can then choose which unlocked game you want to play without having to go through the whole story. The stylus is used a lot throughout the game, as well as the buttons, all of them to be exact. The games vary tremendously from planting 'weapons' such as disc swingers and ball poppers to stop 'enemies' from reaching your 'board' house. There are different levels to some activities meaning they gradually become a little harder but not impossible. Some games are slower to play such as the one where you have to play as Buzz Lightyear and search Andy's room, at your own pace, to look for coins to place in Ham, the piggy bank as well as Andy's phone. Whereas other games are quite fast paced and involve a lot of hand eye coordination, such as the train game where you play as Woody and have to lead him across the moving train jumping over and dodging objects using both the stylus to control his movements and the arrow buttons. Both Buzz and Woody gain different moves throughout the games such as Woody using his string to swing from items in a room or Buzz being able to 'fly'. Each movement needed in most of the games. Each game isn't too long, yet not too short either. It's enough time though to enjoy the graphics and the scene, to get used to your character, work out what to do and actually enjoy them too. It took me a few hours to complete the whole game but for a younger child it would take longer. The game is suitable for children aged 3 plus, hence the reason I bought it for my twins. But if a 3 year old was left alone with this game they probably wouldn't have a clue. I'd say a child aged 7+ would need help doing the games. This is the main reason I completed the levels first so now when my twins do begin to play with this game they won't have to struggle working on each level to try and venture onto the new one. Some games are easier than others, but it is a lot of fun and interesting as it involves so many aspects of Toy Story itself which is brilliant! You can actually play against friends with this game, however your friends do need this game themselves and seeing as this is one thing I don't HAVE to buy TWO of for the twins I'm not going to either lol so can't comment on how this works! Overall this is a brilliant game for children, the older 'child' though rather than a 3-5 year old. A child that young would enjoy watching the game if they like Toy Story and recognise the characters but it would be quite difficult for them to actually play. A child older than this would enjoy and appreciate the games a bit more and how fun they actually can be.
Since we saw the brilliant TS3 movie, our house is slowly turning into a replica of the house in the movie, with Buzz, Jessie and Woody appearing on everything from cups and bags to pyjamas! One of out latest buys was hte TS3 game for DS, which my 5 year old son chose for himself. The game is visually beautiful, making the most of the DS capabilities. The graphics are colourful and fun, and the music is reminiscent of the style of music in the movie. The game is a platform style mission based game, which follows the story from the film quite closely, with some lovely screenshots based on the film to show the child what is happening in the story. Gameplay is quite simple and straightforward, as you would expect of a kids game, with the occasional tricky manouevre, but the game has regular checkpoints, so the child will not have to backtrack too far through the level if they lose a life. The story mode switches between the "real world" and the fantasy world, allowing lots of innovative and fun styles of gameplay. The stylus is incorporated quite a lot in the game, being used for things like putting coins into the piggy bank and moving Woody from side to side as he climbs along a moving train. You can also use the microphone to blow bubbles in one level. The levels are quite easy to follow, with your mission stated on the top screen. Missions include such things as rescuing all the toys from the daycare centre. The levels are not huge, so it is quite easy to complete a mission, as you only have a limited amount of places that you can go, and if you follow the "Luxo balls" on each level, you have a pretty good idea of where you are going. In the game you can play as Woody or Buzz, and each character has different abilities, such as Woody's ability to swing on objects using his pull string. There is also a Playtime mode, which is a sort of strategy based minigame, where you have to prevent enemy toys from besieging your base in a variety of different locations. This game would appeal to kids aged betwen 5 and 10, as it is quite an easy game, although 5 year olds may need a little help with reading the objectives on the top screen. My older kids, aged 7 and 9 both completed the whole game on the first day, after sitting glued to the screen for hours! Even when the game is completed, you can go back and acheive extra objectives, such as collecting all the balls on a level, so they go back to the game again and again. The only downside to this game is that if you want to play against a friend, they need their own copy of the game in their DS. This means my kids cannot play against each other like they do with many games, because we only have one copy of the game, and I have no intention of buying another, just so they can play versus mode! Another downside is simply that the game may be too easy for many people, but you have to remember that this is a game aimed at kids. For a kids game, I didn't find the menu very straightforward to navigate, this could have been simplified and improved. It is not all that easy to exit a level that you have entered by mistake. In conclusion though, this is a fantastic little game that is true to the movie and the Toy Story brand (although weirdly, Mr Potato Head does not feature at all in the game!). Kids will love the game and play it happily for hours, which is great on rainy days and school holidays. To me, any game that they return to again and again is money well spent.