In 2011, Microsoft partnered with Disney to create two videos games for the Xbox, Disneyland Adventures and Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure which required the use of Kinect. Now both games have been re-released and available to play on both console and Windows 10 PC. Anyone can enjoy the game using the controller, mouse and keyboard, and Kinect. Both games have been remastered in 4K Ultra HD and HDR.
During a recent press event at the Disneyland Resort, we had the opportunity to get a first hand look at the new games as well as hear from Jorg Neumann, Head of Production, Microsoft Studios and John Dongelmans, Marketing Director, 1st Party Games.
“Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure” invites families and fans of all ages to experience the worlds of six beloved Disney/Pixar films like never before. Team up with characters from “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up,” “Cars”, “Toy Story”, and “Finding Dory” to solve puzzles and uncover hidden secrets.
Interact on screen with Pixar characters and play cooperatively to solve challenges. Move from fast-paced puzzle-solving to moments of pulse-pounding agility and speed.
Each world has three levels (Finding Dory has two) that tell a short story. As expected, they are packed with familiar characters, locations and situations from the Pixar films they’re based on. The goal of the game is to get through each level as fast as you can while collecting as many points as you can. Get points for gathering coins and collectibles along the way, and the faster you complete the level, the more points you score. At the end of each level, you’re awarded a bronze, silver, gold or platinum medal depending on your score.
Some other game features include, Save the day in your own fast-paced adventure. Invite the whole family to join Woody, Lightning McQueen and others in this one-of-a-kind Pixar experience. Explore and discover: Experience the sights and sounds of each Pixar world as you solve puzzles and uncover hidden secrets. You can also pick up where you left off on another Xbox One device or Windows 10 PC, bringing all your saves, game add-ons, and achievements with you.
Overall this is a great game for all who love Pixar characters, as well as provides a fun and safe gaming experience for younger children. Familiar voices from Pixar feature films help guide players in these very popular movies. And at $29.99 USD it’s not a bad investment. You can pick it up at any major retailer, on Xbox.com or in the Microsoft Store.
The 2nd game showcased at the event was to experience the magic of Disneyland like never before. You take a journey where stories come to life and dreams come true, right in your living room. Gamers get to explore Disneyland park from Main Street U.S.A. to Critter Country and join Peter Pan to battle Captain Hook, high-five Mickey Mouse or hug Snow White.
Disneyland Adventures allows children, families and Disney fans of all ages to explore Disneyland park, step into adventures based on attractions, engage in challenging quests and interact with beloved Disney characters.
There had never been a game created specifically about Disneyland Park, but the team had a strong plan felt confident in and pitched Disney on how this could be achieved. Disney really loved the idea and Microsoft has had a strong collaboration with them ever since. The team spent about five months exploring and examining Disneyland Park, they took over 50,000 photos, went to all the special and hidden places like Walt’s Apartment and Club 33, as well as had the chance to meet with legendary Disney Imagineers.
The developers wanted to pay homage to the magic that is Disneyland, so they wanted to make sure Disneyland Adventures is a digital version of the entire park. The team in collaboration with Disney created a very accurate re-creation of the park in digital form. If you know where to find your favorite attraction or coffee shop in the park, you’ll find it in the exact same place in the game. This game will make Disney fans excited to dig right in as if they were really there.
Other things that add to the fun and magic of Disneyland park are the hidden Mickeys, which everyone knows are an obsession for many people. This game includes many of the hidden Mickeys that are in the real park, plus a few newer ones as well.
And finally, the attractions in Disneyland Adventures is unlike any other. In the world of Disney, attractions are not just rides that you sit in and that’s it. For this game you actually jump into the world of the attraction with an adventure and story to tell. In Peter Pan you’re not just sitting in a vehicle flying through London, You get to actually fly through London collecting coins as you make your way to Neverland, where you face and battle Captain Hook and his crew. In Space Mountain, you feel like you’re in the world of Tron. The game features 18 iconic, interactive Disneyland Park attractions.
Overall Disneyland Adventures was fun to play, explore and see Disneyland Park in a different way. Whenever I can’t make it to the real park, I can now just load the game and pretend I’m there. The best part, no lines!
You can purchase the game now for $29.99 and pick it up at any major retailer, on Xbox.com or in the Microsoft Store.