Like many adults who have played TOY STORY 3 THE VIDEO GAME, I originally didn't think the game would be very fun to play. Though there are exceptions, usually video games based upon a particular movie are terrible, just look at the SPIDER-MAN 3 and IRON MAN video games for proof. Not only that, but because the characters are trademarked developers are usually limited with how much they can do with the characters. Also, since the TOY STORY franchise is owned by Disney and Disney is a purveyor of merchandise for kids, I didn't think the game would be at all interactive or exciting. I was wrong.
TOY STORY 3 loosely follows the movie of the same name. The difference is that Woody and company are talking with Bonnie's toys and telling them the adventures they had to get to her house. Instead of just copying the exact story from the movie, the game fills in some of the gaps in the movie. In certain instances it messes with the congruity of the story, but since this is a game largely aimed at children and the developers had to create it around a loose knowledge of the movie's plot, those few inconsistencies can be overlooked.
The story mode (campaign) of the game has 8 different sections. You can't continue onto a new section until finishing the first. However, there are all sorts of rewards littered throughout these levels so once you complete a level you can go back and replay it to pick up the rewards you missed on the first run. The game starts off with a Western feel as Woody and Buzz race to save a train full of orphans from the nasty Dr. Porkchop (Hamm). After that there are levels in Andy's house, a space-level for Buzz that plays like a video game in itself, a level with Woody trying to fight off a wicked witch (Dolly) at Bonnie's, a couple of different levels at the day care, a level at the garbage dump, and the final level is a fantasy level with Bonnie and Andy playing with the toys and Buzz fights the Wicked Witch (Dolly) and a bunch of man-eating muffins.
Most of the games in the story mode are of a platform style. However, there are some puzzle and shooter missions, too. In some of the missions you have to play back and forth between Woody, Buzz, and Jessie in order to complete a mission.
Beside the story mode, there's also Toybox mode. This is sandbox mode of play. You can play either as Woody, Buzz, of Jessie as the sheriff of a growing town. You earn money for completing a variety of tasks and are able to purchase additions to the town and keep it growing. There are a variety of side missions you can complete as well as the main Toybox storyline. Characters from previous TOY STORY films, such as Stinky Pete, Bo Peep, and Wheezy can all be found in the Toybox.
The overall graphics look just like the films; they are brilliant. Except for the main protagonists and a few other characters, the voices of the characters are performed by the original actors from the films.
The storyline setting could be finished by a serious gamer in a few hours. For a more casual gamer, it'll take about 5-6 hours. The toybox part of the game takes about the same amount of time to finish. However, for kids it will probably take them longer.
I enjoyed playing TOY STORY 3. I thought it was a good movie tie-in video game that wasn't a complete copy of the film it is based, but there's not so much new content that it makes the game unfamiliar to younger fans of the film. It does a good job of having a nice mix of features that appeal directly to kids and a few that there parents might enjoy. It's a high-quality family video game that parents and children alike can enjoy.
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