Although many dissenters to mini-game collections will simply write this off, it does hit home when it comes to the casual audience it targets, and that’s certainly not a bad thing.
Toy Story Mania is a fairly simple mini-game shoot out gallery collection that features the loveable characters from the hit Pixar movie series. Controls are solely in a light-gun fashion, without a reticle following your movements (which is a tad disappointing). Most of the gameplay is spent shooting targets worth various amounts of points, from 100-1000.
The E3 build included:
Pie Toss: A simple game involving guess what, pies (!) that you throw at Buzz and Woody, who are holding targets.
Space Rings: A carnival-esque ring toss
Army Air Raid: A target based shooter with army men dropping in on occasion
Rootin’ Tootin’ Shootin’ – An old west set up with targets
There are mini-objectives that are clearly highlighted at the beginning of each stage by characters such as Jessie. Goals like “shoot all the cacti” or “stop the robbers” will net you extra points. In true Wii fashion, every few minutes or so there will be a “waggle-riffic” event where you earn points simply for waggling the Wii-mote frantically. I wasn’t fond of this mechanic because I felt like it added nothing to the game, which otherwise was based entirely on skill.
Toy Story Mania was a very simple game that converts a theme park ride into a familiar home experience. Personally, I’m a big fan of Toy Story, so I can look past it’s simplicity, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone but a Disney fan.
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