Single-player video games are hard for a family of four. There’s nothing worse than sitting around and watching your brother play. (Which is why we’re big fans of everyone-at-once games like Just Dance.) One of the things we’ve been enjoying about Disney Infinity is how collaborative it can be, especially the Toy Box. It’s a big, open-ended, no-rules kind of experience…which means lots of opportunities for my kids to play it together.
Here are a few of the ways our four kids have learned to play it in tandem.
4 Ways My Kids Play Disney Infinity Together 1 of 5
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They Fight 2 of 5
Of course, they fight. But it's Toy Box fighting, which is about the same as having your Darth Vader figurine wrestle with your Luke Skywalker figurine. No one really dies. No one gets injured. They just whack at each other with their various possessions. And there's something about Violet from The Incredibles in a swordfight with Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean that is...delightful.
They Race 3 of 5
My boys love to build racetracks using all the various pieces—ramps, curves, loops, etc.—and then race each other on it. It's like those plastic Hot Wheels tracks when I was a kid...same kind of creativity and entertainment without all the pieces of track taking up space under your bed.
Alternating Architecture 4 of 5
The world-building aspect of Disney Infinity is so huge—you can construct houses, castles, landscapes, racetracks, games—that the options really are infinite. One of the things I challenged my kids to do is to build something together by alternating turns. So let's say Jafta starts building a landscape. He adds a cliff, then passes the controller to Kembe, who adds a hill. He passes the controller to India, who adds that Stonehenge-looking thing from the movie Brave. And so on. Our only rule is: No complaining about what the other kids add. Then you see what you end up with after everyone has taken the same number of turns.
Digital Hide and Seek 5 of 5
Here's another fun game that has evolved as our kids have learned to play in the Disney Infinity Toy Box. One kid creates a world (taking a reasonable amount of time, like 5 or 10 minutes) while another is out of the room. The world-builder hides something small, like the retro TV set, somewhere in the world. When he's finished, the next kid comes in and has to find the object. Then we switch turns. They love showing off the worlds they've built while also exploring each other's creations. And again, it's game play that requires them to be imaginative and creative. So much better than game play that requires them to shoot people.