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A lot of things come to mind when we think about Pixar, though nothing that tends to round back to video games which, unfortunately, often fly south of the radar when overshadowed by their accompanying movies and timeless shorts. And while the few games Pixar has endorsed have gone on to receive global success from moviegoers and gamers alike, many of the beloved worlds have been subject to the cold shoulder and left as nothing more than vague ideas.

But with that being said, the renowned animation studio has gone on to release some pretty great video games over the years. And if not Pixar — then another studio altogether, only with Pixar using their expertise to bolster the development. So let's talk about those: the Pixar games that have cracked the hall of fame and pulled in some of the biggest figures known to the animation industry. Here are, in our opinion, five of the best games based on Pixar movies, ranked.

 

5. Lego The Incredibles

Official LEGO The Incredibles Parr Family Gameplay Trailer

Both Lego and The Incredibles have enjoyed the success of having healthy fan bases over the years, with each franchise churning out multiple acclaimed works. And with The Incredibles being a childhood favourite for many, as well as a sequel that millions queued around the block just to get a glimpse of after fourteen years on the back burner — it was only natural for Lego to cash-in on the prospect of inducting it into its long arm of video game adaptations.

Covering both movies in its textbook fashion, Lego The Incredibles pieced together like two magnetic bricks in a pot, bringing all the addictive co-operative play and jam-packed levels out for an all-out banquet of hilarious shenanigans and chaotic storytelling. And when all's said and done — isn't that what Lego is all about?

 

4. Disney Infinity 1.0

Disney Infinity…past, present and future | PS4, PS3

Although not strictly tied to the Pixar kingdom, Disney Infinity 1.0 did feature enough of a collection from its unique world to warrant a slot on this list. With play sets that ranged from Monsters University to Toy Story, The Incredibles to Cars, the pick-up-and-go set of collectibles quickly managed to garner a global reputation for being one of the best all-in-one packages on the market.

Sadly, despite having a huge following, the servers ended up shutting down in 2017, shortly after Disney Infinity 3.0 rolled out its Gold Edition. Nevertheless, it did continue to rake in players and grow in the offline community, and even to this day still holds a place in millions of family homes around the world.

 

3. Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure

Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure Launch Trailer

Of course, Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure had to pull its material from somewhere — and as luck would have it, Disney Infinity was the source that Asobo Studio had access to in order to construct its enchanting theme park-like setting. Using gameplay elements from Disney Infinity‘s Toy Box extension, Rush was able to spring to life and build a platform of its own.

Although the game itself was short and somewhat compressed into bite-sized segments of Pixar shorts, Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure still proved to be one of the most entertaining co-op games of 2012, as well as one of the best Kinect games of its time. Its slew of movies were well-placed and its settings were equally as vibrant as their movie counterparts. All in all, it was a solid addition to the nexus of Pixar stories, and a great little number for younger players.

 

2. Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts III - Together Trailer | PS4

One of the best decisions Square Enix ever made following on from the success of the earlier Kingdom Hearts games was enrolling Pixar into the fold for its most recent entry. With Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and Ratatouille joining the roster for another heartfelt expedition through the divided worlds, Kingdom Hearts 3 quickly soared to the pinnacle of every follower's lists.

Of course, being a relatively difficult action game at heart, Kingdom Hearts wasn't technically built for the younger players. But it was, however, crafted to please all the big kids that longed for an open world Toy Story game. The slew of additional worlds that came with it, of course, were mere cherries on the bakewell.

 

1. Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 Video Game - Debut Trailer (Official) HD

Pixar's firstborn is still one of the most influential franchises in all of the animation industry, with spin-offs and crossovers that span almost thirty long and fruitful years. And as far as its video game adaptations go, well, let's just say it's been a smooth ride from the moment it first found ground on the PlayStation to the moment it dipped into Kingdom Hearts 3.

Anyway, as far as official video games go, Toy Story 3 is still hands down one of the best games to release under Pixar's wing. With a combination of 2D and 3D levels that range from karting to parkour, shooting to time-based, this full-fledged package bundles in all the best ingredients and sprinkles a generous serving of classic Toy Story charm on top. The only problem with it, sadly, was that it never had a remake after its Xbox 360 launch.

 

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