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Some Great Disney and Star Wars Games For Your Christmas Gift Giving (or For Yourself)

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Games are always a fun Christmas present to get for families. They’re lots of fun and give them a chance to spend time together.

I recently got a box of games from Wonder Forge to try out, so one evening, I gathered my best friends and some kids (a 6 year old boy and 9 year old girl) to put these games through their paces.

I can happily report we had a lot of fun with these games, though a few were a bit challenging to figure out at first.

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Our overall favorite Disney Frozen Surprise Slides. This game is similar to the classic game Candy Land, but with the twist that you can pop out pieces on the board and change the game track. It adds an extra level of strategy to the game, but it’s easy to knock over game pieces doing this. Our 6 year old and 9 year old testers loved this game, and it was fun for the adults, too. Much laughter was had during the game. This game is for 2-4 players; Ages 3+ (beware of small pieces).

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Our second favorite was Pictopia – Disney Edition Trivia Game. This trivia game uses cards with pictures of various Disney characters, film, and park attractions, with each card having several questions on it. It really is a test of how well you know your Disney trivia, and it can be tough for younger players, even though it says for ages 7+ on the game box. Even our 9 year old tester had trouble with some of the questions. I would say the adults can play the game as is, but if you have younger players (say 13 and under), maybe fish through the card pile and find some of the easier cards with characters and movies they may know. This game is for 2-6 players; Ages 7+.

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We also enjoyed the Star Wars Face Off Dice Game. Played similar to Yahtzee, there is a Star Wars twist in that you can make matches based on the Jedi/Hero side or the Sith/Villain side, with different rules for each. Heroes get to try to make regular matches – a straight, 4 of a kind, full house – rolling until a villain dice shows up. Villains get one re-roll, and then must bluff what their hand is. If they win they get the points, if their bluff is called the other person gets the points. Our 6 year old was having trouble with the bluffing, but the 9 year old was starting to get the hang of it. Even if you omit the villains rules for younger kids, it’s still a fun game. This game is for 2-4 players; Ages 8+.Read More »Some Great Disney and Star Wars Games For Your Christmas Gift Giving (or For Yourself)

Star Wars: Commander puts you in charge of the galaxy

As an android user, I normally don’t share games that are only available for iOS set, but today I’ll make an exception. The new “Star Wars: Commander” mobile game from Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm looks fantastic, but it’s an iOS exclusive for now. During the… Read More »Star Wars: Commander puts you in charge of the galaxy

Disney Infinity is Now Available, Here’s What you Need

Editor: Please welcome a new guest author Jeff H. who will be covering the Disney gaming beat for us.

Disney Infinity

Disney is betting big on Disney Infinity. The game/collector’s set came out this past Sunday along with rave reviews from the web’s top video game sites. I received my copy Monday and have had a few hours to mess around with it. Here are my impressions as well as a few tips for those who want to get into the magic and a warning for those who are overwhelmed by your options.

The first thing I noticed when booting up Infinity was just how slick of a production the opening tutorial is. It feels like something straight out of Epcot, taking the player on a journey from idea to fantasy, while teaching you how to play the game. The tutorial is slow paced, and will prepare you for anything you will come across in adventure mode.

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Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Hints from Game Creator

I’ll admit it’s been a while since I’ve played Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the game, but just that with shorter off-season hours, I don’t get to the property as much and when I do, I have other things to do when I am there (EPCOT’s 30th took a big chunk of my energy and time for one). I’m also a little disappointed that the game really hasn’t evolved any from its debut. No new portals, no new villains, and only two new spell cards. Plus there was the whole 61-70 card money grab by merchandising. The whole project started to stink a bit.

That said, I do intend to get back in the game and also to see if I can re-interest my son in playing again as well. If you’re still involved, or hoping to get involved in SotMK, then you’ll be interested in some inside tips shared with the Disney Parks blog by Imagineer and game creator Jonathan Ackley.Read More »Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Hints from Game Creator

Disney Interactive Previews Infinity

In a big production at the El Capitan involving Co-President John Pleasants of Disney Interactive and John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer for Disney and Pixar, unveiled Disney Infinity the company’s big gambit to get back into the video game space. Disney Infinity will be a… Read More »Disney Interactive Previews Infinity

Test Your Disney Parks Smarts with this Disneyland Paris Photo Quiz!

At Disneyland Paris (DLP), many attractions are similar to those at Disney’s U.S. parks, but with a “French twist.” Look at the DLP photos below and guess what the equivalent attraction is at Disneyland in California. Answers are at the bottom of this post (no peeking!).

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Hint: This intergalactic attraction is located in “Discoveryland” at Disneyland Paris (Bonus: Can you name the equivalent land at Disneyland California?)

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Hint: Kids of all ages go round and round on beautiful bejeweled horses on this Fantasyland ride

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