What is Disney Infinity 3.0: The Force Awakens Play Set
Disney Infinity 3.0: The Force Awakens is a Play Set expansion for Disney Infinity 3.0 that retells the story of the blockbuster film. As an expansion, it requires a copy of Disney Infinity 3.0 to run. Bundling figures of Star Wars leads Finn and Rey, along with the all important Play Set piece, The Force Awakens Play Set unlocks a full, split-screen co-op adventure for you to play through. As a "toys-to-life" game, the standard rules apply here - placing either of the figures on the Disney Infinity base will let you play as that character in game, and any Star Wars Disney Infinity character you own can be used in game, as soon as you collect their relevant "Champion Coin" (which will be hidden in one of the game's hub worlds).
How do you play Disney Infinity 3.0: The Force Awakens Play Set?
A co-op adventure, up to two friends can play together in split-screen, as they slice and force push their way through a fairly authentic recreation of the film. Taking in all the most memorable locations - from the desert planet of Jakku to the smugglers hideout on Takodana, and eventually the Starkiller base itself - it's up to you to play through a number of missions, quests and side-quests that take you through the events of the film. Bashing enemies, solving basic puzzles, exploring to find collectibles (of which there are many) and scavenging for parts that can be used as currency, there's a lot of fun to be had here, and plenty of variety too.
Whether you're flying the Millenium Falcon around the wreckage of a Star Destroyer, running from giant space monsters aboard Han Solo's freighter, or doing jobs for people to bribe your way into the castle on Takodana, there's loads of stuff to do. Fans of collectibles will be pleased, too, as the game has 100 "mynocks" to be found, over a dozen well hidden holocrons (collecting them unlocks artwork), and the aforementioned Champion Coins, which let you use your other Star Wars figures in game. Two other Star Wars characters from the Force Awakens - Kylo Ren and Poe Dameron are also available to buy separately.
How easy is Disney Infinity 3.0: The Force Awakens Play Set to pick up and play?
No more difficult than the base Disney Infinity 3.0 game, The Force Awakens Play Set is fairly easy to pick up and play, with a smooth learning curve, and easy to master controls. While the game does have more freedom than things like the Skylanders games, with quests to be done, and a bit more choice as to what order you do things in, there's little that really adds extra difficulty.
For the most part, the game does all it can to help people get into the game - once you've set a quest as your "active" quest, a marker will appear on screen telling you exactly where you need to go next. When you're defeated, if you're playing in co-op, you can have a friend come and revive you, while those playing in single player have a choice between switching your figure out to pick up where you left off, or heading back to the last checkpoint to try again. With plenty of auto-targeting, the combat itself is pretty easy though - just make sure to spend your ability points on the health upgrades as soon as you've levelled up enough!
For the youngest of players, it's important to bear in mind that there is a lot of reading involved here. The vast majority of the game revolves around performing quests, where a character will ask you to do something for them - whether it's disguising their contraband as a droid so they can smuggle it out safely, or blowing up some rocks to clear a landing pad. In order to know what you have to do, however, you'll need to be able to read the dialogue. While you could probably just about scrape by, by simply following the checkpoints, a decent reading ability is pretty much a must.
Sample sentences include:
- "It seems I've got a few leaky pipes in the system. Patch them up with some salvage and I'll make it worth your while"
- "Look pal, I'll level with ya... I'm here looking for new recruits for my secret smuggling clan... Get yourself a ship. I've got a good feeling about you, but I need to see how you handle yourself in space"
In terms of mature content, there's very little for parents to worry about in Disney Infinity 3.0. As the characters and baddies in game are all done up to look like toys, enemies simply fall to pieces when defeated, with nothing in the way of blood or realistic impacts. Instead, you just get a few colourful particles to collect! There's also nothing in the way of bad language or sexual content to report of - in fact, this is a lot more tame than the film!
Format Reviewed: Nintendo Wii U