As someone who has taken my family to Disney World annually (sometimes more than once) for the past 16 years (in fact, we just returned this past weekend, love the holiday decorations) I absolutely have a love for the magic of Disney and its characters. That said, as much as I appreciate the obvious effort that has been put in here to try to bring many of its characters and essence to life there’s no missing that the gaming experience suffers greatly from “jack of all trades, master of none” syndrome. I have no doubt it is heavily geared towards a younger and more casual audience, and perhaps the sheen of Disney magic could help smooth over inconsistencies in the experience for that audience, but so many of the mini game activities you’ll be engaged in feel half-baked at best, especially when contrasted with activities in the likes of Animal Crossing. I’d also consider the opening “on rails” experience to be a bit on the long side without a tremendous amount of return benefit since the most fun elements in the game are typically centered around exploring the game world and discovering its many secrets and characters. For die hard Disney fans who aren’t as seasoned it will be easier to ignore the cracks in the facade, but for gamers who’ve been around this would more likely play as an experience to be endured to see everything more than whole-heartedly enjoyed.
Justin Nation, Score: