It’s no secret that I have very mixed feelings about video games. I’m steadfastly opposed to first-person shooter games and, honestly, any games with violence in them. We have a Nintendo Wii system and my kids can only play a few carefully curated games. Yes, I’m that parent.
But I was intrigued with the creativity that seemed to be a big part of the Disney Infinity experience, and Disney is a brand I’ve always trusted. I let my kids give it a shot, and was pleasantly surprised by it. Disney Infinity calls its Toy Box a part of the game with “no rules,” and in this case, that’s actually a good thing. It allows players to use imagination, architectural/building development and even some very, very minor programming logic in a lot of surprising ways.
I’d done some research into Minecraft, and, from what I can tell, the Disney Infinity Toy Box improves on the Minecraft open-world experience on a number of levels.
5 Ways Disney Infinity is Better Than Minecraft 1 of 6
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More Character Options 2 of 6
On Minecraft, the only character you can be is Steve, the little blocky guy. Disney Infinity lets you be just about any character (well, any character you want to purchase), starting with Captain Jack Sparrow, Sulley, or Mr. Incredible. In my house, those three are already way cooler than Minecraft Steve.
More Advanced Construction Features 3 of 6
The biggest redeeming quality about Minecraft is the creativity it forces upon kids, who get to build their worlds block by block (water blocks, solid rock blocks, etc.). Disney Infinity takes it a step further. Instead of blocks, players get actual landscape pieces like hills and cliffs. They get architectural pieces—spires and turrets—to create castles. They can build racing tracks with road pieces (at my house, ramps are very popular). You can even add tiny cute people who wear Winnie the Pooh costumes. The world-creation aspect of Toy Box is a lot more intuitive than Minecraft and much more interesting.
It’s Much More Intuitive 4 of 6
With video games, I always worry I'm going to have to dig into some instruction manual and figure stuff out for my kids. One of the first things I heard with Disney Infinity was how easy it was to figure stuff out—even the construction and programming-lite "creativi-toys" section of the Toy Box, in which you can assign certain behaviors to certain gadgets. Intuitive game play that doesn't require my assistance? I'm a fan.
Power Discs Mean Instant New Worlds 5 of 6
There are plenty of options in Minecraft, but it doesn't hold a candle to the ability to instantly shift your world in Disney Infinity by loading up a new power disc. Instantly your regular sky-and-land world shifts underwater with a Finding Nemo disc, or turns candy-coated with a Wreck-It Ralph disc. That's cool.
Less Violence 6 of 6
In Minecraft's "survival mode," you have to build shelters that will withstand hordes of zombies. Yes, you can play it in "creative mode" without the mayhem, but let's face it: The monsters are a big part of Minecraft. I appreciate that no one's trying to kill you in Disney Infinity. The scariest thing about it is that you can choose to be a villain (like Syndrome from The Incredibles) as your character in the Toy Box. But still, no creepers invading your painstakingly built castle.