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Review – Disney Magical World 2

by on November 16, 2016
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Release Date

10/14/2016

Developer

Bandai Namco Entertainment
Publisher - Nintendo

 

Before we start, let me admit that I am a big Disney fan.  Some of my most cherished memories with my family are at Disneyland or watching Disney movies and TV shows.  I love hanging out with my children while listening to Disney music and looking at family photos of previous trips to Disneyland.  With this in mind, I tend to enjoy most Disney themed videogames.  Of course, not every Disney game is a winner (the technically flawed Disney Kinect game comes to mind).  But for the most part, I find something entertaining and endearing about any Disney game that I play.  I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Disney Magical World 2, and am pleased to tell you that it is a very entertaining game filled with a ton of your favorite Disney characters.

Disney Magical World 2 transports to you the lovely town of Castleton.  Castleton is filled with many citizens, including the Fab 5 (Micky, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto).  There are many other Disney characters that run various shops and have tasks for you to complete.  Completing tasks is a major component of the game.  These task require you to do a variety of things like find a specific item, create clothes or furniture, and so on.

There are other places to visit besides Castleton.  There are portals around Castleton that send you on journeys to various worlds.  You can visit Lilo and Stich in Hawaii, Anna and Elsa in Arendelle, and Alice and company in Wonderland.  There are 6 worlds you can visit.  In these worlds, you perform tasks for various characters.  This may include finding and creating items.  You can also expect some fun mini games like mining, hunting ghosts, rhythm games, and so on.  Each world is perfectly themed with great music and decorations.

At first, many areas are locked down.  You need to perform tasks and earn stickers in order to access shops, character homes, and worlds.  These tasks are not very hard, but can be tedious over a long play through.  I have to admit, I was very surprised by how many activities there are in the game.  You can run a cafe, make clothes and furniture, by outfits and items, go fishing, and help out characters and citizens.  And there are even more to do in the portals!!  It has a lot of replay-ability because of the amount of activities in the game.  The game also updates with each season/holiday, so there are many reasons to go back and explore Castleton.

The graphics are fine for the 3DS.  Nothing that really stands out.  The character and art design are fantastic.  Not only does everything look great, but the music and themes are exactly what you would expect to see if you ever imagined meeting a Disney character.  The controls were very easy to learn.  I didn’t have an issue with control response.  I also didn’t see any weird glitches or technical bugs that prevented me from making progress.

Now keep this in mind – this game is obviously intended for younger gamers.  I had no problem playing it and was very entertained throughout my playthrough.  However, I don’t expect to see a lot of hardcore gamers picking this up and playing it.  And there is nothing wrong with that!  Personally, I really enjoyed my time with Disney Magical World 2.  It is a great game for Disney fans and young gamers.  My kids absolutely loved it playing it.  If you are looking for a game to give your kids, I would highly recommend picking this up.

Disney Magical World 2 is available in retail stores and digitally for $39.99.  If you are a Disney fan and want hours of entertainment, then don’t hesitate to pick this up!

If you are still not sure, why don’t we get the opinion of a younger gamer?  Check out our video review below, featuring my daughter’s thoughts on Disney Magical World 2!

 

 

Positives

Very fun for young gamers
Tons of Activities
Charming audio and art design

Negatives

May not be exciting or engaging for older gamers

Editor Rating
 
Gameplay
A

 
Graphics
B-

 
Story
B+

 
Replay Value
A+

Total Score
A

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Disney Magical World 2 will not appeal to a lot of older gamers. However, this game is perfect for young gamers and Disney fans. A younger audience will find countless hours of fun with their favorite Disney characters.

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