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Got it on a great sale!
on January 14, 2013
I got this set on a very special sale for $9.99 for all six games, which just blew me out of the water. I can't base the whole review on the deal though, of course, because I see that the price jumped up since then to nearly 100 USD or more! Which is crazy!
All of these games have console counterparts (these are all PC games), and sometimes I wish I had them on a console instead. The keyboard controls are very, very old-school. I know this sounds strange, but most "gamers" today move around with the W,A,S, and D keys. W for moving up, S for moving down, A for moving left, and D for moving right. If you don't believe me, try it. It feels very comfortable to rest your fingers in that position. And you can put your free right hand on your mouse to click around while doing it.
Now, these games use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move your character which is very awkward. Again, if you don't believe me, compare. Especially for an adult hand, this keyboard positioning is awkward and even hurts!
The natural volume on all of these also seems exceptionally high. I know my speakers act up sometimes, but I turn the volume down almost all the way and the sound still comes blaring out. This is a minor problem that can be adjusted with the in game options, but it was just a little odd to me.
So, beyond the bad control scheme that all of these have in common...
These are kids games that adults can also get a lot out of, which means the difficulty is sometimes a little high for kids. My daughter and I replayed the FIRST LEVEL of Toy Story 3 over five times before we got Woody safely out of that crumbling canyon! There are lots of jumping and dodging and action going on, which is great, but definitely puts most of these games out of range entirely for younger kids and toddlers.
I have to assist my four-year-old a LOT with these games. She cannot play them alone at all despite having mastered her DS and Vtech V-Smile games alone. I hope to continue playing these games with her anyway though to teach keyboard and computer skills.
You can also plug in a controller but depending on which controller you use (not every controller is compatible with every game) it too can have mixed results.
The graphics are lovely and all of the games I have played so far (every game except Lego Pirates) has the Disney feel with full voice-acting and delightful music.
Toy Story 3 is an open world game where you can basically run around and do as you like, choosing between characters like Woody, Buzz, and Jessie from the start, and building up the fictional western town where Woody is sheriff. You have to solve puzzles, jump and climb, and even throw bouncy balls at your enemies to stun them.
G-Force I played very little of. It's way too complicated for my daughter right now. As a G-Force guinea pig, you have to jump, climb, navigate, whip, shoot, and switch to your fly spy partner and more. The first level, the tutorial level, is a series of small rooms that my daughter had some difficulty with as she could never keep the camera facing where she wanted the guinea pig to run. We both got stuck when the game asked us to switch to the fly character and fly through a grate. We had no idea where the grate was and it wasn't pointed out to us.
Cars is one of the simpler games because it's just a basic racing game. You choose from a wide array of Cars characters and learn how to be an agent. You can make the car jump, drift, and even acquire weapons to blast enemy cars on the track and win first place.
Disney Universe is a lot of fun. I think I enjoyed it more than my daughter. It looked like a Little Big Planet clone from the cover but that is absolutely not the case. Your character wears a variety of costumes from several Disney films and levels up as you proceed. As you level, you get a better weapon and can more efficiently fight off the bad guys.
As you can probably tell from the review already, these are not toddler games. These are not educational games. Your child won't be taught the ABC's or their 123's while playing these games. They're about light-hearted action and fun. One positive shared by all of the games is that the penalties for losing on any level aren't high. The situations are (generally) not very high stress.
I highly suggest playing these games with your kids and checking them out before you share them with your children. A lot of the games involve combat of some kind and in the Cars game, you're basically blowing up other cars on the track to win. Every parent has certain morals and values they want to teach their children, so some parents might not agree with all of the combat elements.
What I got this set for was a great deal and I will continue to play these with my children as they grow.