Review: “Disney Magical World” brings social fun with familiar animated characters, places on Nintendo 3DS

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From Bandai Namco, Disney Magical World for Nintendo 3DS allows gamers to take on a virtual persona and explore a highly themed world featuring familiar characters and decorations inspired by Disney.

While exploring the land of Castleton, players complete missions given by townspeople and Disney characters to earn stickers that unlock outfits to wear and items to furnish a cafe, where money is made to then buy these items. Inside the cafe, players can use gathered ingredients to make food and even throw Disney-themed parties with the hope that a famous character will make an appearance.

A visit to Yen Sid’s tower allows players to obtain magic wands to aid in the adventure. Players can also travel to worlds of Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Winnie the Pooh, and Aladdin, completing more missions and fighting off ghosts. Each of these areas looks like it’s straight out of the movies, with familiar scenery, like the market of Agrabah including Aladdin’s hideout complete with magic carpet.

Playing online, real-life friends can visit each other’s cafes, exchange items, and generally pal around together.

Ultimately, players are meant to acquire fully matching outfits and decorations, all in one theme to better their standing. That’s where the most satisfying part of the game lies, completing collections to be able to make certain recipes or putting a final touch on attire.

Interacting with well known characters is also great fun, like finding the White Rabbit by following the Cheshire Cat’s directions or dancing at the ball with Cinderella and Prince Charming.

The game’s characters appear on model, exactly as they would in a Disney animated film. The worlds are greatly simplified and each feature a somewhat linear path for players to follow while engaging in missions.

Designed for the 3DS, Disney Magical World offers fun 3D depth to each of these worlds, but 3D isn’t necessary to play. Nintendo recommends playing in 2D for kids under 7 years old.

Overall, Disney Magical World is a great game for Disney fans who are patient enough to collect all the necessary items to progress. There’s a lot of humor and entertainment awaiting those who take the time to unlock it all.

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