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Can someone explain Disney Infinity to me please?

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My about to turn 5 year old is asking for this for Christmas. He has never played any console games before, but likes the angry birds telepods series for the ipad. So i understand the concept of inserting the characters into the game with the pod thing, but does every additional character you buy get their whole own land and story? Or is it just like angry birds where you get to shoot with that character in all the regular levels. Considering the characters cost about $15 each i should hope so.

Also, what are the power discs? Are they different from the characters? I see that there's a new 2.0 version out now, are the characters backwards or forwards compatible? If I buy the 2.0 starter kit and he wants characters from the original will he be able to use them?

Is there a learning curve? Would he be able to jump into 2.0 without playing 1.0 first?

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disney infinity is not a linear game in its main iteration.
http://www.ign.com/videos/2013/01...eo-preview

basically there is the toy box which is an open area limited world that you can design by adding pieces of terrain to the world. even a 5 year old can have fun with this.

then there are the figures. all they do is provide you a guy to be in the world with, each with his own moves.

then there are the game sets. game sets provide a world experience to play in, basically an area with a mission. ONLY characters from that world can play in it. you want to play with a friend, you must have 2 guys from monsters inc to play in the monsters inc world. this makes sense but limits things greatly if you just have the starter pack.

then there are the power discs. these little discs go under the characters which all go on the portals. this gives the characters powers or items.

all in all it is a brilliant marketing scam. but we have it. I believe 2.0 allows you to play all 1.0 characters. an option would be to get 1.0 cheap but you would have to get the portal also so 2.0 may be cheaper on BF.

I highly recommend skylanders over DI. note that in both an adult will likely have to play with a 5 year old.
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disney infinity is not a linear game in its main iteration.
http://www.ign.com/videos/2013/01...eo-preview

basically there is the toy box which is an open area limited world that you can design by adding pieces of terrain to the world. even a 5 year old can have fun with this.

then there are the figures. all they do is provide you a guy to be in the world with, each with his own moves.

then there are the game sets. game sets provide a world experience to play in, basically an area with a mission. ONLY characters from that world can play in it. you want to play with a friend, you must have 2 guys from monsters inc to play in the monsters inc world. this makes sense but limits things greatly if you just have the starter pack.

then there are the power discs. these little discs go under the characters which all go on the portals. this gives the characters powers or items.

all in all it is a brilliant marketing scam. but we have it. I believe 2.0 allows you to play all 1.0 characters. an option would be to get 1.0 cheap but you would have to get the portal also so 2.0 may be cheaper on BF.

I highly recommend skylanders over DI. note that in both an adult will likely have to play with a 5 year old.
So it's basically like paid DLC except you get a figurine to go with it? laugh out loud
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Crack for kids. It's just like any other trading card game.
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So it's basically like paid DLC except you get a figurine to go with it? laugh out loud
pretty much yes. that is why it is brilliant marketing. it just needs nicotine in it

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Crack for kids. It's just like any other trading card game.
it is not really a trading card game. you walk thru a game world and shoot things and solve puzzles
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it is not really a trading card game. you walk thru a game world and shoot things and solve puzzles
I know it's not a card game. But just like TCG's, you can't buy 1 booster pack. You have to buy tons. And as soon as you're done collecting, a new set comes out. Then you have to collect those. Then a new set comes out and you have to collect all those.

And I know you don't need all the figures to unlock all the levels/secrets, but this game is aimed at kids. They're gonna want all the figures.
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So it's basically like paid DLC except you get a figurine to go with it? laugh out loud
My 6yr old nephew loves that crap; he wants trap team or something - its half price black Friday. Its like cat nip for kids.
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Actually Disney Infinity is an action sandbox video game developed by Avalanche Software. You can search Wikipedia page for more details.
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Thank you Johny you were the only one to provide some answers. However we like Disney characters... could care less about skylanders.

The biggest thing I want to know is will all the toy packs, characters, lands etc from the 1.0 version work with the 2.0 version or do I have to buy both? I'd prefer to buy the latest one, but I know he wants to play with Cars and Monsters University characters which are in the 1.0 version.
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Quote from nfg1984 View Post :
Thank you Johny you were the only one to provide some answers. However we like Disney characters... could care less about skylanders.

The biggest thing I want to know is will all the toy packs, characters, lands etc from the 1.0 version work with the 2.0 version or do I have to buy both? I'd prefer to buy the latest one, but I know he wants to play with Cars and Monsters University characters which are in the 1.0 version.
Technically everyone did answer your question, it's gonna be a huge money sink LMAO

To your new question, the Disney Infinity 1.0 characters like Cars and the powerdiscs will work in the new Infinity 2.0 game. The playsets (Like Lone Ranger) will not. The characters from Lone Ranger will work, just not the big level they come with. Also, only characters from the playset universe in Infinity 2.0 can be played. So if you are playing a Monster University level in 2.0 (I don't know what levels are in 2.0), then you can only use Monster characters to play. All the characters will be playable in the Toy Box (building) mode. He won't be able to play with Cars the entire game.
Source Official Disney Infinity site:
https://infinity.disney.com/compatibility
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Technically everyone did answer your question, it's gonna be a huge money sink LMAO

To your new question, the Disney Infinity 1.0 characters like Cars and the powerdiscs will work in the new Infinity 2.0 game. The playsets (Like Lone Ranger) will not. The characters from Lone Ranger will work, just not the big level they come with. Also, only characters from the playset universe in Infinity 2.0 can be played. So if you are playing a Monster University level in 2.0 (I don't know what levels are in 2.0), then you can only use Monster characters to play. All the characters will be playable in the Toy Box (building) mode. He won't be able to play with Cars the entire game.
Source Official Disney Infinity site:
https://infinity.disney.com/compatibility
Thanks for the response. I priced it, and $37 +$9 per char at wal-mart or as a backup $40 at ToysRus, and 2 chars for $20 i think I should be able to get pretty much everything for $100, that doesn't seem too bad.

Unless I'm missing something, because I don't know what a playset is. I thought the lone ranger was a character. Are playsets something additional that have to be bought? Sorry for not understanding, I used to be such a gamer too, it's a weird feeling being ignorant of this stuff now.

So is buying this http://www.amazon.com/DISNEY-INFI...B00BT2BFKW

different from buying http://www.amazon.com/Disney-INFI...ity+frozen and http://www.amazon.com/Disney-INFI...ity+frozen

EDIT: Sorry, that first link is supposed to be to the frozen "playset", and the next two are to "Anna" and "Elsa" individually.
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Thanks for the response. I priced it, and $37 +$9 per char at wal-mart or as a backup $40 at ToysRus, and 2 chars for $20 i think I should be able to get pretty much everything for $100, that doesn't seem too bad.

Unless I'm missing something, because I don't know what a playset is. I thought the lone ranger was a character. Are playsets something additional that have to be bought? Sorry for not understanding, I used to be such a gamer too, it's a weird feeling being ignorant of this stuff now.

So is buying this http://www.amazon.com/DISNEY-INFI...B00BT2BFKW

different from buying http://www.amazon.com/Disney-INFI...ity+frozen and http://www.amazon.com/Disney-INFI...ity+frozen

EDIT: Sorry, that first link is supposed to be to the frozen "playset", and the next two are to "Anna" and "Elsa" individually.
But you don't get everything for $100. They will add more characters. There will probably be at least 20 characters within 1 year.

The Cars playset for $25 gives you 2 car characters and a special level to play in with a story. The individual characters like Elsa will let you play as her in the game, but you won't get any extra story levels to play on. That's the difference between a playset and individual character.

The Disney Infinity is broken into 2 parts. The Story mission, and the Toy box. The story is like your typical game, you go through missions to the end of the game. The Toy Box is like a giant sandbox. There is no set objective. You build your own level with objects from within the game. You can play as any character you want as long as you buy the character. The 1st Disney Infinity came with 3 story missions, one for Jack, Sully, and Mr Incredible. The Cars playset added another story line. You could buy the cars character by themselves, but you didn't get the story to go along.

When playing the story missions, you can only play with characters from that universe. So if you wanted to play 2 player coop in the Monsters University universe, one person could be Mike and one person could be Sully. In the Sand Box mode each player could play from any character they wanted. So one person could be Jack from the Pirates series, and one person could be the red car from Cars ( I don't know his name)
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I recommend you watch this video review to get an understanding of the game.
http://www.gametrailers.com/revie...ity-review
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Thanks for the response. I priced it, and $37 +$9 per char at wal-mart or as a backup $40 at ToysRus, and 2 chars for $20 i think I should be able to get pretty much everything for $100, that doesn't seem too bad.

Unless I'm missing something, because I don't know what a playset is. I thought the lone ranger was a character. Are playsets something additional that have to be bought? Sorry for not understanding, I used to be such a gamer too, it's a weird feeling being ignorant of this stuff now.

So is buying this http://www.amazon.com/DISNEY-INFI...B00BT2BFKW

different from buying http://www.amazon.com/Disney-INFI...ity+frozen and http://www.amazon.com/Disney-INFI...ity+frozen

EDIT: Sorry, that first link is supposed to be to the frozen "playset", and the next two are to "Anna" and "Elsa" individually.

I would also try to avoid going all out with buying this sort of stuff for kids. I would buy the game and few characters and maybe build slowly.

Your kids will be onto something else within 6 months. It is hard not to project our gaming tendencies onto our kids.
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