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Is your Family Ready for Disney Universe?

Originally posted BY MYASHARONA at GamerFitNation



—-Disney Press Release—

Disney Interactive Studios’ Disney Universe is now available for the Wii™ system from Nintendo, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.  In Disney Universe, players can experience non-stop action in the first video game that brings together characters and worlds inspired by both animated and live-action films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures.

Disney Universe offers a four-person multiplayer action experience, with frenzied gameplay that appeals to players of all ages. The game features 45 classic and contemporary iconic character costumes inspired by well-known and legendary properties, such as the Disney•Pixar hits WALL•E and Monsters, Inc., Tim Burton’s Alice in WonderlandPirates of the Caribbean, and the Academy Award® winning classics, The Lion King and Aladdin.

“The dynamic multiplayer gameplay experience that takes place in Disney Universe is designed to engage every type of gamer, from the enthusiast to the casual,” said Javier Ferreira, Senior Vice President of Publishing, Disney Interactive Media Group.  “Disney fans in particular will love the various film and character elements we’ve incorporated into the game, which take place alongside fast-paced adventure and quirky humor. Disney Universeis truly a title that everyone will enjoy.”

Longtime Disney enthusiasts will be delighted by some of the most iconic character costumes in Disney Universe, including ones inspired by Sam Flynn, Quorra and Clu (TRON), Baloo (The Jungle Book), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Sulley (Monsters, Inc.), Nemo (Finding Nemo) and everyone’s favorite fairy, Tinker Bell (Peter Pan). Dozens of other character costumes are also featured in the gameincluding Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald.

Players will be able to journey to the enchanted city of Agrabah, sail the high seas in Jack Sparrow’s beloved Pirate ship, or witness the majesty of Pride Rock as they suit-up to battle some of the most fearsome villains in the Disney catalog, all while using special power-ups that change and expand in influence as the game continues on.

Disney Universe is now available at all major retail outlets. Several select retailers are offering purchase incentive programs that will provide consumers with additional exclusive characters, such as Cinderella and Peter Pan, to download into their game. The game will also be expanding post-launch with new downloadable content, including worlds, costumes, and more available for download, giving Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 system owners an ever-evolving gameplay experience. Available in November, the first downloadable content will be the “Disney Villains Costume Pack” with five new character costumes based on Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmations), Hades (Hercules), Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), The Evil Queen (Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs) and Ursula (The Little Mermaid). Individual costumes will be available for download for 99 cents on PlayStation®Network or for 80 Microsoft Points on the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network, and the complete package will be available for $2.99 on PlayStation Network or for 240 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE.

Editor’s Note: During a recent Playstation event GamerFitNation contributing writer, @NicFurlong, and myself had the opportunity to demo this game. Disney universe is full of characters your kids will love and promotes team building that the whole family can get into.  This would be a great addition to any family library. 

Be sure to check out the official trailer:

Do you love Disney?Are you planning to add Disney Universe to your collection? Do you already have Disney games in your collection? Tell us what you think. 


Is Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet the new Solar Jetman?

An ITSP review story by MyaSharona

Originally posted BY MYASHARONA at GamerFitNation

If you have kids, or ever spent time with one you already know how early our fascination with space can start. This is probably why any time I see an adorable spaceship (like the one found in Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet) I can’t help but sing the preschooler’s Zoom Zoom Zoom song and it may also be why I am fascinated with Nasa’s space stream on Roku. Regardless of the reasons, space is a beloved mysterious location that is perfect for the imagined dangers that can only take place in video games.

Just before I began my adventure with Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet I mentioned, in passing, to my boyfriend about my newest project. As I eluded to in the game preview (here), I was extremely excited to get my hands on the video game work of fellow Sheridan Alumni, renowned artist, Michel Gagne.  In typical retro gamer fashion my fella asked me if it was anything like Solar Jetman of NES fame. I of course had no recollection of the game (don’t worry kids, one day you too will complain of a memory that isn’t what it used to be) and decided to play the two side by side.


Here’s where ITSP and Solar Jetman are similar:

  • Multi Directional Shooter
  • SpaceShip
  • Unearthly Planet
  • Exploration

But that is about as far as I conclude the similarities are rooted. You will of course find the metroidvania style play in ITSP that is sure to appeal to the older more experienced gamer.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is an exploratory, puzzle solving, testament to the ‘art as video games’ mentality. With both a single player campaign and online multiplayer modes the short but satisfying experience may draw you in for multiple visits.  ITSP includes smooth controls and a polished game play experience which means there is something for everyone in this Summer of Arcade gem.

Your journey through the ominous sounding Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet begins on a small platform with an adorable alien. The assembly of his/your spaceship occurs and ‘voila!’ you are ready to navigate out of your home hub and into the planet. Starting with the bare minimum it is up to you to locate and discover your next point of interest. Don’t worry you are not completely alone in this task; your trusty map will point you in the right direction. During your gameplay you will navigate through various areas of the planet (organic, mechanical, etc), fighting foes, collecting weapons tools upgrades and bonus assets, all while solving puzzles. In familiar fashion many paths and points within the specific area you are exploring will not be accessible to you until you acquire the next tool or upgrade. For this reason you had best be okay with backtracking to previously visited areas.

The beautifully rich and creative environments and creatures are nothing short of artistically inspiring. The silhouette style presentation of the graphics are perfectly suited for this style of gameplay. Each and any screenshot is a prime example of the saturating experience with ITSP graphics.

The controls of your spaceship in ITSP are very intuitive and was probably the biggest relief for me when switching from Solar Jetman. Navigate your ship and your tools using the analogue sticks and a quick hit of the bumper will reveal your wheel of weaponry. Use your weapon wheel to assign four quick access tools to the XYAB buttons. In some of your larger battles/puzzles you may wish that you could more easily switch out your four tools for faster reaction to the environments and enemies but the game is easy enough without giving you everything.

This brings me to my only real criticism of the game. ITSP is easy, short and easy. The length can be forgiven by the fact that the game also contains an online multiplayer experience (with up to 4 players) called ‘Lantern Run’. Lantern Run will add some replay value to your purchase and the chaos contained therein will guarantee loads of fun for you and your friends.  Aside from getting crazy with more players and more lanterns, though, ITSP is a pretty easy game. Achievement hungry players will have no trouble getting all of the ‘bwoop bweep’ they desire in one play through. Even though there are no verbal cues there are visual ones and it won’t take your hard earned BFA to pick up on them.

Even though your experience may be brief, and not at all like taking the SATs, it will be a satisfactory one. The audio and visual cinematics keep you wanting more. Upon discovering the final boss battle of this oh so twisted planet I found myself hoping that it wasn’t.

So is Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet the new Solar Jetman? My answer is no. ITSP is a new and visually delicious puzzle game with fluid controls, polished gameplay, featuring unique characters and environments.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is available NOW on Xbox Live Arcade.

Grab a lantern and let’s play!

Insanely Twisted Summer of Arcade

Originally posted BY MYASHARONA at

Game Preview: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

The XBLA Summer of Arcade has kicked off to a fantastic start. With Bastion and From Dust already sitting snugly in our 360′s tomorrow’s addition of the anticipated Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is going to be a great addition! That’s right tomorrow, August 3rd, get ready to

“[Challenge] the notion that videogames are not art.” -Xbox Press Release

The game style has been compared to that of Metroid, Castlevania, and Shadow Complex, and the animation is born from the mind of renowned artist, Michel Gagne (who is not only a fellow Sheridan alumnus and a fellow Canadian, but has worked on some of my favorite animated films of all time). The colors, the textures, the minimalist details are artistically engaging but more on that in my upcoming review.

“Blending exploration, intense shooter action, and puzzle-solving with gorgeous artwork, rich storytelling and Hollywood quality presentation, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet draws you into an epic journey full of surprises, danger and wonder.” claims the E3 press release.

Insanely Twisted Game Features Include:

  •  Striking and appealing visual style by renowned artist Michel Gagné.
  •  Innovative and intuitive puzzle design mixed with intense action sequences.
  •  Unique and visually stunning creatures and environments.
  •  Rich worlds and captivating back stories.
  •  Explore the worlds of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet with friends with multiplayer.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is available Wednesday August 3rd through Xbox Live Arcade. And if you still aren’t sold then check out the official trailer and be sure to check back soon for my FULL REVIEW which will be posted at