Disney Universe Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Disney Universe Box Art
System: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC
Dev: Disney Interactive Studios
Pub: Disney Interactive Studios
Release: October 25, 2011
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor

Sound in the game is also very good. Each world has an original soundtrack "inspired" by the theme of each level. Though the background music is nicely varied, the game takes a very minimalistic approach to voice acting. Characters make vocalizations like grunting, sighing, and humming, but there isn't any actual talking. Although this may take some getting used to for those of us who generally expect Disney characters to speak, it works well in the context of the game.

Disney Universe Screenshot

The only real fault I can find with Disney Universe is that it does very obviously borrow from other franchises. I know games don't exist in a vacuum, but the extent to which Disney universe borrows from the LEGO series as well as LittleBigPlanet is fairly obvious. Collecting Mickey ears instead of caps, competing with co-op members for the highest score, and the focus on in-level construction have all been done before to grand effect. I can't really hate on Disney Universe too much, as the game is undeniably fun. However, I really wish Disney would have blazed a bit more of their own trial here instead of relying on the formula laid out by other best-selling platformers.

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Disney Universe is a lot of fun to play, and if you are a Disney fan, you'll find a lot to love in Disney Universe. The fun platforming, inspired level design, and bevy of character suits all make this a game worth experiencing. Although the formula is a bit derivative, Disney Universe has such a unique style that you won't notice it that much. Couple that with amazing co-op potential, plenty of replay incentive, and the promise of new content just around the corner, and you have a game that is perfect for any Disney fan, young or old.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.1
Graphics
Visuals sport that unique Disney style, but manage to break away from the visuals of the materials that inspired it.
4.0
Control
Controls feel natural and are about the same as you'd expect from any platformer.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Original music sounds great, but some may find the lack of dialogue jarring.
4.4
Play Value
Though there are only six worlds to explore, they are fairly lengthy, and unlockables make replaying a must.
4.1
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Suit-up for action as more than 40 classic and contemporary Disney characters including Alice, Mike, TRON, and Stitch.
  • Mischief, magic, and mayhem reign as players explore 6 different worlds inspired by Disney and Pixar films.
  • Team up with up to four friends to solve puzzles or defeat enemies or toss your friend into trouble!

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    Disney Universe - Debut Trailer - click to enlarge
    Debut Trailer
    Disney Universe - GC 2011: The Lion King - click to enlarge
    GC 2011: The Lion King

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