FOR THE CHILD IN YOU

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

It is your day out in the Hap­pi­est Place on Earth—dis­ney­land—and Kinect gives you that touch of re­al­ity as you walk around. Dis­ney­land 2 is the first open-world game for Kinect where you are free to ex­plore the theme park how­ever you like. There are over 100 ad­ven­tures you can take and over 40 char­ac­ters you can in­ter­act with. You can also take pho­tos of land­marks, hug, chat and dance with your favourite Dis­ney char­ac­ters, pose for pic­tures, visit shops and take a ride on fa­mous Dis­ney rides. Each char­ac­ter you meet will give you a quest or ask you to track down some­thing or take a ride in the park. The Kinect comes in here as the rides take the form of mini games, where you get to in­ter­act with the at­trac­tion and its story.

Once you cre­ate your avatar and un­der­stand the game, it’s time to in­ter­act with the main six Dis­ney char­ac­ters: Mickey, Min­nie, Don­ald, Daisy, Pluto, and Goofy. Your trusty map dis­plays the lo­ca­tions of the Dis­ney char­ac­ters and the rides. There is no doubt the pre­sen­ta­tion and vi­su­als are re­al­is­tic and ex­cel­lent, but it would have been bet­ter if we could cus­tomise the avatar rather than choose from ready op­tions.

In many ways this Dis­ney is full of pomp and glam­our and no com­pe­ti­tion. Things are too un­chal­leng­ing, even for the tar­geted age group. For ex­am­ple go­ing to com­bat against pi­rates sounds fun and ad­ven­tur­ous but with only three fight­ing op­tions—low, high charge and dodge—the idea sud­denly col­lapses. Don’t get us wrong, this is eas­ily the cheap­est way to let your kids and your­self en­joy Dis­ney­land as the ex­pe­ri­ence touches phe­nom­e­nal lev­els but your in­ter­est will wane. How­ever, Dis­ney­land Ad­ven­tures2 will def­i­nitely let you get in touch with the child in­side you and bring a smile to your face.

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