Disney Universe Wii review Imagine if the LEGO games were trapped in a blender with the PlayStation's Little Big Planet games, and someone decided the best course of action would be to hit the blend button.
The result would be Disney Universe (more literally, the result would be mangled plastic and a broken blender, but play along), a four-player co-op puzzle platformer that takes in locations from Disney's most famous films.
Pirates Of The Caribbean is where the larks kick off, before the game content gently begins to unfold and unlock with your progress, taking in the best sights of movies such as Alice In Wonderland, WALL-E, Aladdin, The Lion King and Monsters, Inc.
The former has you wielding swords, swashbuckling your way through pirate ships and treasure coves, while each subsequent unlocked world introduces its own particular take on the action.
The WALL-E world, for example, features magnets and pilotable laser turrets. While the basic gameplay remains near enough the same, the thematic changes are enough that each world feels different and interesting.
Four Player World
Each world is split into three levels, with each level split further into short series of areas piled high with switches to spin, animals to ride, vehicles to drive, enemies to thwack, mini-bosses to gang up on, cannons to fire and puzzles to solve.
With four players on screen, things become pleasingly hectic - there are more than enough enemies to share, though with limited collectibles (such as the rare stars that allow you to level up your character) there's plenty of scope for rivalry too.
The Nunchuk's indiscriminate Z-Button grabs items, enemies and friends alike, allowing you to spin buddies around you in an either helpful or unhelpful fashion. Sabotaging your mates' efforts is as much fun as helping them out.
Disney Universe warps and changes to accommodate more or fewer players too. With two of you, there'll be puzzles that require one player to plonk himself on a switch while another trots ahead, his progress now unimpeded. Play again in single player and that switch becomes a timer, allowing you to solve the puzzle by yourself - less fun, but functional.
Collect enough golden Mickey heads and you'll be able to afford new Disney outfits for your characters - from Donald Duck and Mickey himself, to Tron's Tron and Quorra, WALL-E's WALL-E and EVE, Jack Sparrow and Blackbeard.
Discovering and unlocking these costumes by replaying levels and scouting for collectibles forms half the fun of Disney Universe.
While more mature punters might find Disney Universe lacking in challenge, the cunning blend of simple controls and sheer wealth of content will have young Disney fans thrummed into a blissful toon-coma.
It's dress-up and adventure wrapped up in a neat, well-produced package. Enjoyed the LEGO games? Then this one's a no-brainer.