Disney Infinity vrs Skylanders
On the launch announcement of Disney’s interactive game, Disney Infinity, many have been comparing this latest interactive video game with the popular Skylanders series by Activision. Although many similarities are certainly visible when comparing both games, we believe the Disney Infinity game has more to offer than a simple copy of a very popular game which has revolutionized the gaming industry.
Both the Skylanders series and the Disney Infinity game are part of a new type of video games which uses physical toys to enhance the gaming experience and create a virtual world in which physical characters seem to come to life. Although there is no denial, that Activision Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, was the first game to truly revolutionize the gaming industry by making this concept a reality, it was always only a matter of time before competition would enter this newly created market and this is what Disney has done with the introduction of Disney Infinity.
The technology used by both games in order to make the characters seemingly come to life is very similar as both Activision and Disney have opted to use NFC technology in order to allow the physical figures to communicate and transfer data via a peripheral with the console. The peripheral in turn also looks similar for both games although there are some differences.
Even though Activision might have been the first to bring a revolutionary game to the market which combined both physical toys and a video game, Disney seems to have made this genre its own, by offering a variety of additional features to the game, such as the Toy Box mode in which almost everything is possible and the use of interactive game pieces, tokens and play sets.
As mentioned above, the peripherals which are used to transfer the data from the toy to the console might use a similar technology, but some differences in style and looks are certainly visible. The Skylanders peripheral has always been branded as the Portal of Power which has a round shape and has a mysterious look. The Disney Infinity Base on the other hand has a very modern, slim look and has three hexagonal areas on which the Infinity figures can be placed.
The Disney Infinity game also allows for an open world in which all features can be explored, leading to a dynamic gaming experience for the player, rather than a constrained world in which both movement and actions are limited.
Although Skylanders characters have now become very popular in many households around the country, the Skylanders were (and still are for some) unknown characters. Although, many players have enjoyed the process of getting to know the Skylanders characters, Disney might have an advantage above its rival when it comes to knowledge of the character by not only the player, but also parents and grandparents who are eager to engage. The Disney Infinity characters already have a great following as they have all starred in their own popular Disney or Pixar movie, this will make them easier to identify with. Some parents and grandparents might also feel more at ease purchasing these Infinity figures, for their child as they will feel more familiar with the characters when choosing the right one.
Arguably, the Disney Infinity game and its figures will also be more suitable for a younger audience as the Skylanders series feels to be aimed more at the older boys who enjoy the magical world of Skyland.
And most importantly... the Infinity characters can jump! Although this might seem like a minor detail, many Skylanders fans quickly expressed their frustration with the inability to jump once the Skylanders game was launched. Due to the fact that the Skylanders can’t jump, they feel and look unnatural in the virtual world and ultimately limit the game play experience.