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5 Best Disney Video Games of All Time

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Disney is not only a pioneer in animation, but a stakeholder in the world of gaming, wouldn't you believe? Although its portfolio is relatively short-sighted and without any high-class triple-A releases, its library is still of the highest excellence and with some of the greatest developers there to bolster it. Needless to say, Disney fans finally have something to call their own, if only just.

The good news is, the few Disney-Pixar games that do stock the shelves are all equally as good. At least, that's what the run-of-the-mill die-hard Disney fanatic will argue. Therefore, it's difficult to dock even one in favor of another. That said, if we had to select just five of the most popular titles in the book, then we'd probably have to wager these.

5. Disneyland Adventures

Disneyland Adventures Trailer

Asobo Studio struck gold with Disneyland Adventures, an all-in-one Disney-Pixar experience that lets players explore and toy with the magic of Disney's most celebrated characters and settings. Think of it as a walking simulator based on the real-life Orlando resort, but with a treasure trove of mini-games, activities, and slideshow attractions. That's the game, in a nutshell, and it is perhaps one of the most enchanting open world games of its kind.

For those who struggle to visit the actual US resort, Disneyland Adventures helps bridge the gaps by porting each and every detail over to a bustling open world playground. In it, players can create their own avatar, dress to impress, and explore until their heart's content. With that, there's collecting autographs, running errands, and indulging in a world of side quests and story arcs. Basically, it's everything a Disney fan could ever want, and if matters not if you're seven or fifty, because it goes above and beyond to appeal to a global audience.

 

4. Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure

Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure Launch Trailer

Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure is another one of Asobo's open-world playground chapters. First released for Kinect in 2012, the game favored motion controls to help tell its network of stories. By 2017, however, the game was remade with a few additional characters and locations for Xbox One and PC. And that, to us at least, is the version worth forking hours into.

Like Disneyland Adventures, Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure allows for players to create their own avatars and explore a central hub based on Pixar's very own animation studio. In the park, users can travel to a number of worlds and engage in levels alongside some of the greatest heroes and villains in the book. So, if you enjoy Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Dory, Cars, or Ratatouille, then you'll definitely find something to love here in this little pocket of the world.

 

3. Kingdom Hearts

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix - Fight the Darkness Trailer | PS4

Kingdom Hearts, unlike its other Disney cousins, isn't built with a younger audience in mind. If anything, it's tailored for the nineties kids. Specifically, twenty something year olds who can't quite escape the decade of Disney's all-time favourite flicks. That's Aladdin, Tarzan, and The Little Mermaid, among other international classics, by the way.

Let it be known that this is a role-playing game, and a tough one at that. Although in receipt of a nexus of Disney characters and settings, it does require a lot more from the player than the bog-standard walking simulator. That said, it's a fantastical series with endless oceans of themed content and movie references. And, if you happen to like Final Fantasy, then it's a real win-win situation. Just don't expect to be able to understand the story!

 

2. Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity | announcement trailer (2013)

Disney Infinity is a sandbox toys-to-life game that combines real collectibles with mini-games and activities. By purchasing miniature figurines and slotting them into the Infinity Base, players can enter countless worlds and kickstart their creative careers. The only downside, sadly, is that Avalanche Studio did shut down its online servers a fair ways back, meaning players can no longer share their visions with a worldwide audience. Its offline modes, however, are still very much alive and kicking. And honestly, even in 2022, they're still very much worth delving into.

On top of the game's wealthy selection of Disney worlds, players can also build and maintain sandbox kingdoms in a variety of Marvel and Star Wars works, too. So, if you're heavily into at least one of those things, then you're in for a cluster of surprises. And what's more, you'll probably find Disney Infinity 3.0 in the bargain bin of any second-hand store. Basically, it's Disney on a budget, and we're not complaining about it for even a second.

 

1. Disney Heroes: Battle Mode

Disney Heroes: Battle Mode | Official Launch Trailer

Disney Heroes: Battle Mode is a jam-packed action role-playing game for Android and iOS, one which sees a common gacha system merge with a rich and immersive story-driven experience. In it, you will join millions of players as you fight to collect Disney's all-star cast and rid the kingdom of a wicked virus that corrupts the minds of allies.

Boasting just shy of 200 collectible characters, Disney Heroes: Battle Mode will have you exploring every nook and cranny as you assemble the world's greatest army. From The Incredibles to Big Hero 6, Toy Story to Pirates of the Caribbean, each and every celebrated figure you collect will aid you in your struggle against the evil parasite that threatens to banish the world of all its color and joy. With a nifty but beginner-friendly RPG combat system to boot, this cutesy battle arena chapter surprisingly manages to accommodate players of all ages and backgrounds. So, if you're keen on free-to-play mobile games with wealthy rosters of crossovers, then you'll probably enjoy this ol' chestnut.

 

So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there any Disney-Pixar games we should know about? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

Jord is acting Team Leader at gaming.net. If he isn't blabbering on in his daily listicles, then he's probably out writing fantasy novels or scraping Game Pass of all its slept on indies.