Disney Infinity: Toy Box 3.0 shows its hand within seconds of starting. You're launched straight into a chase sequence where you play Anakin Skywalker, about to fight Darth Maul, accompanied by the rousing Star Wars soundtrack.
There's references and memories and lightsabers and old favourite characters (of which three rotate for free on a weekly basis) around every corner, and it feels bloody cool.
And then you realise the game's running at sub-15 fps, that it's really hard to control, and you're accidentally staring at the floor for some reason.
This sums up Disney Infinity 3.0 - at its best, it's an enjoyable ensemble of star characters from Disney's past. But it hits these highs all too rarely, thanks to too many frustrating technical issues.To infinity and beyond?
The Star Wars focus is obvious, and that's fine by me – the best levels are all Star Wars related, mostly due to some memorable music and sound effects, and wielding Yoda's green lightsaber in a video game again feels great.
It's a shame, then, that the levels themselves are so unimaginative. They boil down to collecting objects, escorting defenceless companions, and fighting an arbitrary number of enemies – and even these simple objectives aren't explained well.
Realistically you can't even build good levels yourself, thanks to expensive items and characters, and the lack of an effective construction tutorial.Falling with style
This wouldn't be so bad if the combat was enjoyable. But horrible controls (consisting of virtual sticks and buttons) mean it's hard to see what's happening when you're trying to move, attack, and look around simultaneously - especially when the frame rate issues rear their unwelcome head.
Technical problems spread throughout the whole game, with incredibly unresponsive buttons and menus, enormous load times, and frequent crashes and pop-in.
These massively detract from the game's inherent appeal: seeing your favourite Disney characters (especially the central Star Wars cast) in one place is genuinely exciting.
But despite the childhood dream scenarios this can create, the unimaginative mission design and overall glitchiness make Disney Infinity 3.0 too much of a chore to recommend.