I built a racetrack in the sky with two double loops and a ton of banked turns, and lots of undulations. I played as one-eyed Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc., and my daughter became Violet from The Incredibles.
She rode a horned-pig and I drove Mr. Incredible‘s car. But she was faster with the darn pig, as I kept driving off the track, cursing myself for building the track in the sky and not on land.
So, I got my own pig.
And she beat me again.
But I was leading the second race when I crossed through the last loop-da-loop and headed for home. Things looked good until she and her cursed pig came out of nowhere and bumped me off the track.
Falling, falling, falling, my hopes of winning dashed by an 11-year old delivering a blow as low as I’ve ever seen, making me angry and proud at the same time.
I would have done the same.
Deviled-pig racing is just one of the games we’ve created on Disney Infinity. We fought a paintball war royale. We raced cars at high-speed all over an empty island playing a game of car tag, and we’ve had numerous helicopter battles. And we’ve redesigned the different areas with buildings and towers and rope bridges.
In a nutshell: We heart Disney Infinity.
Is it the best video game I’ve ever played? I’m not sure yet, but it’s up there because of our ability to use our imaginations and create our own games. The only downside is the potential cost of buying add-ons, like more characters and trading packs that cost 5 bucks a pop and give you more powers.
Can you say, Disney Goldmine?
There is, however, a happy ending to my story.
My daughter and I had another pig race across floating islands we connected with rope bridges, and, just as young Violet was about to cross the finish line and win, I, Mr. Incredible, nailed her in the back with a paintball, causing her to run headfirst into a boulder, and allowing me to pass her and win.
I realize there’s a lot wrong with a sentence like that but it was all in good virtual fun and I won, teaching the young one never to underestimate the power of someone who wasted his youth in arcades playing Frogger and Pac-man, and who hates to lose.