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My mother in law bought this game, Toy Story Mania, for my son for Christmas becuase he loves the films and she wanted to get him something he'd like and I must say the game was a hit!
The characters from the film, Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Little Green Soldiers act out a little skit at the beginning of the game while it's loading and my son thinks it's great, then the game begins. First you have to type your name in using the type writer which is fairly hard to control, so especially while my son was getting used to using the controller I had to help him with this, but now he has the hang of it.
The game them takes you to different options - story mode, free play, prizes and options. In Story mode you have to complete different levels in order to progress through the game and each level consists of shooting at different targets or getting balls through mazes.
On each level there are certain points targets you have to reach in order to progress, and if you don't complete them you have to try again until you do which gives the player something to work on and improve each time.
According to the instruction booklet the games are representative of the attractions you will see if you go to Disney World or Disney Land in Paris, neither of which my children have been lucky enough to go to so it will mean nothing to them!
All in all I would really recommend this game - it is very easy for my son to play, and for him to understand. I do have to read the instructions to him on each level but with a bit of practice he can master what he needs to do on each level in order to succeed.
The game is aged 3+ and I must say it would be too tricky for a 3 year old without a LOT of adult help, but for a 5 year old like my son it is perfect. I have no idea about graphics on computer games so can't comment in too much detail other than to say that the pictures on screen are fab - detailed without being over the top.
If you want the perfect thing to keep the kids occupied during the school holidays then I would say this game is 10 out of 10. And at only £10.99 in Amazon at the moment it is even better!
Toy Story Mania is a target shooting game for the Wii console. It is based on an attraction at Disneyworld, where riders wear 3d glasses and have to play a succession of target based games. The makers of this game have used the original games from the ride and added a few more to create a fun family game for 4 players. The game also comes with 2 pairs of 3D glasses (the green and red versions), so that you can play certain games in 3D.
The game incorporates the Wii remote for targetting and shooting. No nunchuk is needed for these games. It is very simple to get started, and the game starts with a cute Toy Story animation of all the characters preparing the game for you. Unfortunately, when you first play, most of the games are locked, and to unlock levels you either need to acheive a set amount of goals in story mode, or win tickets which you can redeem for games in free play mode.
When you first play, you can only play story mode, a set of games that features games from each genre: Western, Space, Animal, Army and Tea Party. You need to acheive a set amount of objectives to access the next level. A typical objective would be "shoot 5 ducks" or "smash 5 plates". If you acheive all of the objectives, the game is unlocked in free play. Up to 4 players can play the games, but only 2 can play a game at any one time. Most of the games are shooting games and the controls are very simple, just point the Wii remote at the screen and press the A button to shoot.
There are also some Carnival style games thrown in too, such as bowling and ringing the bell with the hammer. They are all pretty easy to play, and most kids 3 and up would have no trouble playing at all. The only one that I think is hard is the Space Pinball, which has more complex controls than most of the games. My youngest is 5 and he beat me on a lot of the games! When you have completed all the games in Story Mode, you unlock themed tents which contain games within one particular genre. Any games you have unlocked will apper in free play mode, where you can play a single game or pick several games to play in sequence.
If you do well on a game you will win tickets, which can be redeemed for prizes. You can use your tickets to buy games you haven't unlocked, or to buy "stickers" which you can use to make a scene in your virtual sticker book.
As I have mentioned, the game has a 3D element, and certain levels can be played in 3D. I think this is designed to mimic the original ride at Disney, but to be honest, the 3D on here isn't great, and the red and green glasses made my eyes go a bit funny. Still, it is a good novelty feature.
I like the fact that the game is so easy to play and puts everyone on a level playing field (unless you are a pro marksman!), most people will master the game with no problems at all, and it is a really fun party game. I bought the game for the kids and the little one, who is 5 really loves it, as he adores the characters, music and bright colours. My daughter is not so keen, and she played it for about 15 minutes initially, but got bored quickly. The repetitive nature of some levels is the only downside to the game. My oldest son, who is 10, likes the game, but dislikes losing, so will skulk off if he can't beat me, so I think this is more of a game for little Wii fans.
We bought this for the Wii as we'd been out in Walt Disney World Florida in March 2009 and Midway Toy Story Mania was one of our favourite rides (a bit hit with everybody, if the queues were anything to go by). Obviously you don't expect a Wii game to replicate a $$$ theme park attraction, but you always hope, don't you?
You use your Wii remote to fire at targets, throw hoops over targets etc. and score points. Each game has particular goals, told to you by Buzz Lightyear. This is one of the irritations of the game for me, as the goals come up on the screen all together, so you dutifully read through all of them carefully and try to commit them to memory. Then you press OK to play the game, only - what's this? Buzz Lightyear running through those goals again, one at a time (so just OK through the first screen, cos you can't miss them anyway). And then when you go into the game itself and start shooting madly at anything with a target on it, you realise that actually it's pretty hard NOT to make the goals, without even thinking about it.
When you achieve a game in story mode you unlock it in free play mode, so if you particularly like a particular game you can go back and play it later. You can also unlock certain parts of the game becoming available in 3D, like the ride was (3D specs are included in the pack).
You can play in single or multi player mode, and the multi player mode is available as competitive or collaborative, depending on how you are feeling.
Some of the targets can be quite hard to hit, so if you are playing with a little person, and don't want tears of frustration that you are beating them every way up, I'd recommend the collaborative version. ;)
So is it any good? Well, it's a game that we get out now and again, and it's quite fun for short periods. It isn't a favourite, but it isn't gathering dust either. It does have the major advantage over the theme park game that your arm doesn't ache like mad after playing it! Toy Story is one of my personal favourite Disney movies, so it's nice to have another way to see the characters.