|Dev: h.a.n.d. Inc.|
|Release: April 11, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Mild Cartoon Violence|
Yes, I said dungeons. I bet you didn't expect something akin to a Diablo-style adventuring experience in Disney Magical World, but there you go. Each extra area has questboards, which show missions and how many stickers are needed to unlock them. If you're heading into a dungeon, you'll usually be going on some kind of fetch quest to find "this" item, collect "so many" of these, or beat certain enemies. While unfortunately each dungeon is pretty much limited to a handful of layouts that are often reused, there's a certain measure of satisfaction that comes from tackling them. For one, the enemies and bosses actually increase in strength, necessitating better quest outfits from Daisy and wands from Yen Sid. Also, the materials collected during each run vary or there may be a fishing spot, making them prime places to grind for materials.
Though, I must admit, I feel a little like Cinderella's world lags behind the rest. I often found myself stopping by Agrabah, the 100 Acre Woods, and Wonderland for shopping, farming and adventuring purposes. However, Cinderella's forest didn't seem to offer as many excuses to explore the woods, and there aren't as many balls to attend to get my boogie on. It felt like a tutorial realm to me, and practice for the other, more robust areas. It's a shame, because the others really do seem to offer much more incentive to keep dropping by for a visit. I mean, I have to go where the best crafting materials are if I want to keep filling up my inventory, hearing how "Nice!" I am, and earning those stickers.
Of course, there's also a rather easy way to get some extra outfits and a few stickers. The ones that aren't available now are downloadable extras or items unlocked via AR cards. The ones that are stem from the online interactions. Like Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Disney Magical World players can engage in a form of voyeurism. People can upload their cafes to the internet and, in turn, visit the cafes of their friends and strangers that have been saved to the cloud. Stopping by to see the business/home and say hello to the owner grants a "Nice!" point and, if it's the first visit, will provide a full Ace Ensemble outfit. Seeing as how simply changing into set numbers of complete clothing sets result in stickers, it's a good way to boost your number in a pinch.
I wasn't just waxing nostalgic in this review's introduction when I said that Disney Magical World is a game for everyone. In fact, I'd say it's more appropriate for teenagers and adults than it is for children. The sheer number of collectibles, increasing difficulty of missions, and challenge to acquire every Happy Sticker isn't really a feat for kids. It's for people who have loved these characters for years. It's the kind of game that can only be called charming.
Date: April 8, 2014