Bad news for advocates of LucasArts titles. Star Wars 1313 appears to be the latest tragedy in the recent dismantling of LucasArts upon being acquired by Disney.
With another Disney movie comes the inevitable onslaught of tie-ins and merchandise. The avalanche of plush things is incomplete without an iOS title in the mix, so I've checked out the the latest game to come with a movie attached. Let's check it out and see if it will give you a satisfied smile like the best of Disney always does.
Disney's doing mighty well in the app world thanks to the success of their Where's My Water? franchise. So Stack Rabbit comes forth with high expectations, and even though it's using the dreaded freemium model, I was expecting a ton of game play before I had to pay the piper. Hopefully my good vibes for this veggie loving rabbit was merited.
Uncle Scrooge's money is gone! And it's up to the ducks that work for him to try and bring it all back. DuckTales: Scrooge's Loot provides a red vs blue multiplayer experience that fits the bill, literally. You control a duck who is part of a team hoping to bring Uncle Scrooge's money back, and there's a rival team trying to do the same thing. Surprisingly, Disney brought created a third person shooter set in Duckburg. Does DuckTales: Scrooge's Loot earn the beaucoup bucks in terms of quality? Queue the theme song, because life is like a hurricane... here in Duckburg!
Alice in Wonderland: A New Champion is a free to play app which takes its inspiration from the 2010 Johnny Depp film of the same name. The game's true origins stem from Lewis Carroll's fertile imagination, and to truly capture Alice's world one must evoke the spirit our heroine's journey of self discovery. When one ventures through the looking glass, does this app merit a closer peek?
Disney continues to roll out the Monsters University tie-ins to their upcoming movie. Last week saw the release of ScribbleMix, which included free Monsters content with the rest of the game. The House of Mouse has also been busy with Monsters University Storybook Deluxe and Monsters University: Catch Archie. For the latest title, Disney has taken the standalone Catch Archie game and packaged it together with another game, Toxicity Challenge, with more likely on the way.
If I didn't know better, I'd have guessed that I just finished playing Draw Something 3 on my iPhone. But no, that's not the case at all. Despite the familiar feeling, this is not a mobile game from Zynga and OMGPOP (they're not exactly in game making mode these days), but instead is the first mobile-exclusive game from Disney Interactive -- ScribbleMix! And no, it has nothing to do with Dub Step. This video game is all about doodles. Sorry, I mean scribbles. And monsters!
All is not lost when it comes to Star Wars video games, as EA has signed a multi-year agreement with Disney to keep the brand alive on consoles, computers, and handhelds.
Disney wants to infuse a little gaming magic into the movie-going experience by allowing theater patrons the ability to play games on mobile devices while watching their films. Now, if only Retina screens were somehow made to be popcorn butter-proof.