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Posts tagged “Disney”

It’s official: LEGO The Incredibles announced

The supervillains at TT Games at continuing their fiendish plot to turn the world's superheroes into virtual plastic. Having trapped Marvel and DC champions inside a string of games, now they're making LEGO The Incredibles to snare Pixar's heroes too. It'll do those usual TT LEGO fight-o-jump a things, this time with the combined superpowers of the Parr family. It'll will launch in a few…

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LEGO Incredibles on the way? Not so much of a stretch

The success of the LEGO games and films as a vehicle for legitimately good family comedy continues to be one of geekdom's most pleasantly inexplicable surprises. The LEGO Batman film had no right being so funny (or self-aware), and the LEGO Star Wars games even managed to make the prequel trilogy palatable. As such, pairing Pixar's knack for visual comedy and TT Games' consistently solid…

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Marvel Heroes closes early as developers shut down

Gazillion Entertainment, the makers of Marvel Heroes, have shut down. This means the free-to-play superhero action-RPG has also shut down, one month earlier than it was supposed to. Disney, who own Marvel, had announced earlier this month that they were breaking up their partnership with Gazillion and so the game would shut down on December 31st. But losing their big gig meant that Gazillion needed…

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Marvel Heroes could be shut down early as Gazillion lets go of most of its staff

Despite relaunches, countless updates, a massive roster of superheroes and villains, and its recent move to consoles, Marvel Heroes is being shut down. Disney and developers Gazillion had announced last week that they were dissolving their partnership, and that servers would go quiet on December 31. Today, only a couple of days before Thanksgiving, staff were "let go", and Marvel Heroes may now cease to…

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Feature: I just can't wait to be killed

Have You Played… The Lion King?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. My four year old daughter is obsessed with The Lion King of late, which should be an enormous relief given we had to struggle through 18 months of her only being interested in the most cloyingly pink princess horror prior to that. I…

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Capcom re-releasing vintage Disney NES games

A sextet of vintage NES games based on Disney cartoons are being remastered and bundled up for re-release in April, Capcom have announced. The Disney Afternoon Collection will pack Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Rescue Rangers 2, Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, DuckTales 2, and TaleSpin. That's five platformers and one shoot 'em up. They're expanded a bit too, packing new Boss Rush Time Attack modes plus…

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Warner Brothers re-opens Avalanche Software for Cars 3

Some dark cartoon necromancers have been at work. Avalanche Software, the developers who were shut down after Disney Infinity laid out its roadmap of slow death, marking an end for Disney as a games publisher, have been reopened under Warner Brothers. And they’re going to make the tie-in game for Cars 3. Why are Time Warner making Disney’s videogames for them? I don’t know. That’s…

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Disney’s Aladdin, Lion King & Jungle Book Hit GOG

"A whole new world!" sang Aladdin, trying to get his leg over. That was 1992, though. Since then, we've decided we don't want new things; we want old things repackaged in a way that excites us. So flipping heck, flaming Nora, and stone the crows - Disney have brought a trio of '90s platformers based on their animated movies to GOG. You can now once…

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Disney Infinity Lays Out Road Map Of Slow Death

The famous overlord of joy and money known to mortals as Disney has set out a plan for discontinuing its Disney Infinity [official site] series. While the Steam and console versions will continue to function, the online elements will stop working, meaning you won't be able to download or upload new content. I know you don't care, but your 7-year-old daughter might.

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Feature: Playing both sides

Imperial: Revisiting X-Wing And TIE Fighter

To commemorate the digital release of classic Lucasarts games X-Wing and TIE Fighter [Steam or GOG for the best versions here and here], we commissioned Rob Zacny to take a trip down memory lane and into the laser-singed spaces between the stars. He came back with extensive thoughts as to the quality of the games, and their place in Star Wars lore and legend.

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Disney Offers Up IP For Healthy Living Projects

Disney is opening up its entire IP catalogue for game developers and tech companies who want to create healthy living projects. The initiative - the Disney Healthy Living Digital Project - is a collaboration with not-for-profit organisation, Creative England, and is looking to commission a project "aimed at encouraging families to be more actively engaged with their own wellbeing". That means you can submit games,…

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Excelsior! Disney Infinity 2.0 Now On PC

Disney Infinity 2.0 would've been the stuff of dreams when I was a young'un: a game about Marvel superheroes where toys you buy actually become characters in the game. I'd point it out whenever I saw it in a shop window, try to get invited over by friends who had it, circle it in the Argos catalogue before Christmas, then receive something thoughtful but practical…

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Grim Fandango Gets New-Fangled At Last, But…

Also in 'hey, PS4, get orf moi land' news, it seems Sony's latest under-telly monolith has managed to hoover up a surprise remastered version of beautifully bittersweet, death-themed adventure game Grim Fandango. No fair - so many of us PC types have been desperately wailing for these last ten years or so. The last great LucasArts game would enormously benefit from some modern spit'n'polish, especially…

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Win-Toy Soldiers: Disney Infinity – Marvel Super Heroes

Whenever I'm reminded that Disney Infinity exists, I'm amazed that it doesn't have a terrifying claim on parental wallets worldwide. The $75 starter pack that is the gateway into the console toybox has racked up more than three million sales and while the PC version has an initial free download and doesn't support the physical figures that plug into the game, Skylanders-style, it is otherwise…

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Feature: "We have to get past media envy."

Interview: Spector On Cartoons, Cyberpunk And Failure

In this second part of my conversation with Warren Spector, we discuss the good and bad of Disney, Spector’s new role as an Academy director, the benefits and drawbacks of growing up as a gamer, and the parallels between Hollywood in the late forties and the games industry now. Also, why indie development is the place to be.

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Castle of Illusion Remade, Released, Readallaboutit

I'm doing day one, week one of the Couch To 5k down memory lane on this story, so please excuse any wheezing and sweaty patches. It was, ooh, 23 years since the original Mickey Mouse: Castle of Illusion was released. Games were a different beast back then: we found about them mostly from papery things with bright colours, staples and in-jokes. If you wanted to…

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Disney Infinity Reveals “Toy Box Mode Combat”

Disney's frankly bizarre attempt to make a game that encompasses a large chunk of their major CG franchises (and Pirates Of The Caribbean) in a single package arrives later this month and actually, well, this trailer makes it look pretty fun. Disney Infinity is essentially two games, the Play Set Mode, in which you can play games from specific franchises, and Toy Box Mode, which…

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What The Duck: More Unnecessary 8-Bit Retromancy

Look here, I liked Duck Tales - cartoon and game alike - well enough when I were a lad, but do we really need to pillage every last dusty coin from the tomb of ancient videogaming? Disney's already having the Castle of Illusion remade in spangle-vision, and now another anthropomorphic animal platformer is getting tarted up and resold to people who can remember when all…

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Some Epic Mickey News: Castle of Illusion Remade

I played Castle of Illusion on the GameGear! Yes, I am that guy. It was on a school French exchange trip, and some friend who'd taken pity on my parent's ongoing refusal to get me a console had lent me his brick-sized Sega handheld for the duration of the endless ferry and bus journey. I played as much of the Mario-aping Mickey platformer as the…

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