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Toy Story 3: The Video Game

Toy Story 3: The Video Game

Spring 2011 Video Games
Ages: 6 & Up
Price: $49.99
Gaming System: Playstation 3

The funny and fun thing about "Toy Story 3: The Videogame" is that, unlike many movie tie-in videogames, it not only reflects the movie itself but also departs from it to create an impressively innovative experience.

Great graphics and incredible animation shape this videogame. And the story-based elements draw on many of the best highlights of the film in ways that exceed expectations-from Woody chasing down a train to Jessie helping to free Hamm from a garbage conveyor belt to the characters sneaking past a nighttime patrol at the Daycare center.

There's another side to this basic platform-action game: A real bonus for young players called the "Toy Box mode." Detouring from the movie's narrative and scenes, it shifts into the perspective of the toy characters themselves to provide a free-range, mission-driven game within the game. Players walk in the shoes of one a franchise character, taking on the role of sheriff of Toy Town, as Woody, Buzz, or Jessie.

There's plenty to do in the Toy Box world, where players can customize the town and its citizens, race horses and cars, dynamite a mountain to sculpt characters' faces, shove toy soldiers from the roof so they parachute to targets, enlarge or shrink things, lock up criminals, rescue little aliens, hold mayoral elections-all sorts of mini tasks that provide entertaining and quick bursts of toy-world experience. Players earn rewards by completing the tasks which enables them to unlock the many new buildings, new toys, and other activities. Plus, the game's nice two-player cooperative mode lets kids explore the Toy Box environments with a friend.

While not an educational game per se, Toy Story 3 does provide plenty of focused fun and challenges youngsters to explore, tackle tasks and earn rewards for doing a good job.

Don Oldenburg   ©2011 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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