Disneyland Adventures (Flash Review)

While this post has nothing to do with Epcot, or even Walt Disney World for that matter, being a gamer and all I couldn’t help but blog about the new XBox Kinect game “Kinect Disneyland Adventures”!  Libby and I picked this up earlier in the week and while we’ve barely scratched the surface of this game, I absolutely had to give a “Flash” review of it!

The premise of the game is simple, you’re a kid in Disneyland and your goal is to complete the numerous quests the various Disney characters give you, and these quests can play out in various ways.  Some quests simply have you searching for items around the park, or some will actually involve you getting on the various attractions and doing everything from sledding down the Matterhorn, to fighting Captain Hook.  There is a total “sandbox” side to the game as well.  For those unfamiliar with the term where it relates to a video game, the world is entirely open and you can go where you want, when you want and do what you want, regardless of if it is next on your “to do” list of quests.  Do you want to go around the park and get autographs and pictures from the numerous characters?  Knock yourself out!

Speaking of the characters, I was highly impressed with the interactions you can have with them!  You can dance with, hug, high five, as well as get autographs and photos with every single one you find in the game.  I was very surprised to find when I “high fived” Mickey, I got what I expected, but when I did the same with a Disney Princess, it was something much more fitting of a princess and it appears thought went into the small details.   Its not the same thing every time with every character.. there’s something there to make each interaction different and special.

There are 18 minigames based off the major attractions of the park.  (With the exception of Star Tours and Indiana Jones due to Lucasarts owning those characters, stories, etc).  Each one, as I mentioned earlier, has 3-4 levels of difficulty each and are almost different worlds themselves.  I got on the Matterhorn this evening expecting to have to wave my arms to get coins as I went around the track, however I was impressed to see that when you get on a ride, you go into the world of that ride so to speak.  So now I’m following behind a skiing Goofy, collecting coins, throwing snowballs at Yeti’s and avoid falling ice and it was an absolute blast!  I cant wait to try the other attractions as I progress through the game.  For those curious, below is a list of all the attractions included in the game:

1. Fireworks
2. Mickey’s Soundsational Parade
3. The Jungle Cruise
4. The Enchanted Tiki Room
5. The Haunted Mansion
6. Pirates of the Caribbean
7. Many Advenutres of Winnie the Pooh
8. Splash Mountain
9. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
10.Pixie Hollow – Tinker Bell & Her Fairy Friends
11. Peter Pan’s Flight
12. Alice in Wonderland
13. Matterhorn Bobsleds
14. Disney Princess Fantasy Faire
15. “it’s a small world”
16. Space Mountain
17. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
18. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

Also included are 5 attractions that you can virtually ride just for fun:

1. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
2. King Arthurs Carousal
3. The Mad Tea Party
4. Gadget’s Go Coaster
5. The Astro Orbiter

Finally, there are a TON of things on the side to do.  Spread throughout Disneyland are 98 Hidden Mickey’s for you to find and photograph, as well as Photopass albums for you to fill of everything from characters to famous sights inside the park, as well as collecting pins and various items for your character to wear that you can purchase in the shops!

If you have have an XBox 360 with Kinect, this is certainly a game to pick up if you’re a Disney fan, even if you don’t have kids!  (If you have kids, add this one to the Holiday shopping list ASAP!)  It was a blast playing the game with my son, and he was totally immersed in the world and couldn’t get enough of it.  Even after he went to bed, Libby and I ended up playing for a couple more hours alone just exploring everything we could and it was a lot of fun to see her face light up when she got a hug from Minnie or us taking a silly picture together with Chip and Dale.  If you’re an adult, you will have just as much fun playing this as your kids will and even more playing with them in the co-op mode.

Microsoft Studios hit a home run with this recreation of Disneyland.  It really feels like your there and while some things such as stores, queue lines and other things of the sort are not as interactive as the world itself, I have few complaints thus far in.

Many websites have touched on this game, and if you’re looking for more information, please check out any of the links below!

Official Kinect Disneyland Adventures Site

Betamouse Podcast – Episode 69

Kotaku.com “Should you buy….”

Wired.com “Disneyland Adventures is Kinect’s Toy Story” 

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