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Cars: Fast as Lightning Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on October 17th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SMOOTH RIDE
Cars: Fast as Lightning is a good city-building/racing game, though it's probably too simplistic for anyone except youngsters.
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DeNA, Disney, and LucasFilm are Collaborating to Bring Us Star Wars: Galactic Defense

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 25th, 2014

Three powerhouses, DeNA, Disney, and Lucasfilm, have joined together to develop the upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Defense. The tower defense game is rooted in the Star Wars universe and lets the player choose their allegiance between the light and the dark side.

The game will have four different factions, 100 battle scenarios in locations such as Hoth, Tatooine, and Endor, and over 30 different iconic Star Wars characters for you to control. Destroy wave after wave of enemies in both single player mode and online social events where you can earn rewards with rare bonuses. As you play you will be able to level-up your forces and develop your own strategies. Will you focus on forces skills or drive towards more powerful weapons?

There is no set release date as of yet, but it is said that the game will be coming out later this year. You can pre-register on the Star Wars: Galactic Defense website to help unlock bonus content when the game comes out.

Club Penguin Gets Frozen All Over in Latest Takeover Event

Posted by Ellis Spice on August 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A 'Frozen' takeover event has arrived for Disney's Club Penguin - the first event to arrive for the mobile version of the social network for kids.

Players will start the party off by discovering all of Elsa's magic snowflakes hidden around the island. Once that has been done, members will earn the ability to transfer into Olaf or Marshmallow and freeze objects. All the while an Ice Palace will be constructed, and once complete players will be able to visit and hear a special version of "Let It Go." Alongside all of this, members will also be able to dress their character in Olaf, Sven, Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff-themed outfits.

Club Penguin is available to download from the App Store now for free. The 'Frozen' event ends on September 3rd.

Club Penguin Sled Racer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 13th, 2014
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: BASIC SLEDDING
There's not a lot to Club Penguin Sled Racer, and that's a pretty hefty problem.
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LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum Expands its Japanese Brand Globally and At Retail

Posted by Blake Grundman on July 1st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Some of the most successful gaming properties in history were born in Japan. That is why we immediately jump and take notice when, of all people, Disney announced that they were expanding the launch of the extremely successful Japanese puzzle title Line: Disney Tsum Tsum, globally. The game quickly climbed to #1 on the Japanese puzzle charts shortly after launch, and the game's publisher LINE, are no doubt hoping that it now does the same worldwide.

In tandem with the launch of the game, the Disney Store is pleased to announce that they are now stocking a series of plush, Tsum Tsum characters.

The adorable LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum is available now on the App Store for free.

Disney's Getting into the Kart Racing Business with Disney XD Grand Prix

Posted by Blake Grundman on June 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It only seemed like a matter of time before this would happen. First Mario, then Sonic, and now Disney XD all have their own kart racing games. The rather obviously named Disney XD Grand Prix will place players behind the wheel with some of their favorite characters like Phineas, Lord Hater, Dipper, and even Steve the Llama.

Featuring tracks, power-ups and even vehicles themselves, all ripped directly from the Disney universe, this is the perfect way for everyone's inner child to feel the need for speed.

For a limited time, Disney XD Grand Prix will be available for only $0.99 - a full 60% off of its base price! Be sure to move quick, because before you know it, the game will be return to its full price of $2.99.

Star Wars Scene Maker Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on June 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FREE-ISH
Storytelling at its best. When it comes from your own mind.
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Snow White's Dwarves Get a New Look in The 7D Mine Train

Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 17th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Monday, July 7, Disney XD will be premiering their new show “The 7D,” based off the lives of the seven dwarves in Snow White. In preparation for the premier they have released a speedy little gem-collection game called The 7D Mine Train. The game starts you off with the first dwarf, Sleepy, as he hurtles through the world of Jollywood. As you earn gems along you can get customized cars and power ups. 7D Mine Train will serve as a great introduction to the show.

The 7D Mine Train is available on the App Store now for free.

High speed adventure with over-the-top visual humor and one-liners
Unlock each dwarf's animated introduction over the weeks leading up to the “The 7D” show on Disney XD!
Unlock special power ups for each dwarf to help you avoid obstacles and complete your mission!
Collect gems to help you buy new carts
In-App purchases available for 7D Super pack!

Maleficent Free Fall, a Match 3 Puzzle/Film Tie-in, Out Now

Posted by Ellis Spice on May 19th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Following on from Frozen Free Fall, Disney has released Maleficent Free Fall: a free-to-play match-three puzzle game inspired by the film of the same name. Using Maleficent’s magic, players can instantly vanish gemstones and rearrange the board with Maleficent’s raven, Diaval. As players conquer each puzzle, mysterious surprises may arise along the way.

Maleficent Free Fall is available now for free.

Where's My Water? Featuring XYY Adds More Than Just Sheep to the Liquid Physics Puzzler

Posted by Rob Rich on April 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Disney's Where's My Water? series just keeps going and going. This time around, they've added the popular Chinese cartoon sheep XYY to the mix in Where's My Water? Featuring XYY.

It's not just Where's My Water? with sheep, though. The game also makes use of all new mechanics for fire and oil in addition to water and all that other stuff, too. Power-ups are included as well, along with collectible statues that can be used to unlock bonus levels.

Where's My Water? Featuring XYY is available on the App Store for $0.99.

Star Wars: Assault Team Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on March 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: USE THE CARDS
This is another casual-focused collectible card game with role-playing elements, but it's a better version of one.
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Lost Light Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 18th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NUMBER FOCUSED MATCHING
Simple to play and simple to look at, Lost Light is still a fairly enjoyable Matching game, even if it isn't overly exceptional.
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New Disney Infinity: Toy Box Update Brings Console Features, and Cuts the Required Console Ties

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 6th, 2014
iPad App - Designed for iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INFINITE POSSIBILITIES :: Read Review »

Disney Interactive's Disney Infinity: Toy Box has received an update with a ton of new features, including many that were previously exclusive to the game's full console version. In version 1.4, players will now be able to add toys to their Toy Boxes without being required to tether to the full-fledged version of the game. Additionally, the update adds "waves one and two hexagonal power discs," more pre-made Adventures, all of the game's Mastery Tutorials, and more features previously exclusive to the Disney Infinity console and PC game.

Additionally, the app now features a rewards program; log-in and play Disney Infinity on iPad, Windows Tablet, and PC at least 4 times within the week to earn a variety of new pre-made Adventures and additional toys. Finally, the update boasts the addition of a plethora of new in-app purchases including the "Ultimate Toy Box Experience," character bundles, and power disc bundles as well.

You can get Disney Infinity: Toy Box on the App Store for free.

My Disney Experience Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Mike Deneen on March 3rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MUST-HAVE FOR ANY DISNEY TRIP
Planning a trip to the most magical place on Earth? Then make sure to look at this helpful app that will be a lifesaver before (and while) one is at the park.
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Disney Movies Anywhere Released - Every Disney Movie Ever, Anywhere and Deep Ties into iTunes

Posted by Jeff Scott on February 25th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Disney has released Disney Movies Anywhere app that gives access to any Disney, Pixar, or Marvel digital movie purchased via Disney or iTunes, all in one place. This app introduces something we haven't yet seen, deep ties and content license sharing with iTunes. Here's how it works.

Two logins are needed, a Disney ID and an iTunes ID. Once signed into the Disney ID, the app will prompt the user to tie a Disney ID to an iTunes account by launching iTunes on the iOS device and asking for permission. See the screenshots below.

Once the two accounts are linked, the magic happens. Any Disney, Pixar, or Marvel movie purchased in iTunes now shows up in the app. In addition, any Disney digital movie purchased (usually as part of a DVD & digital copy bundle) that is associated with the Disney account now appears as purchased in the iTunes account. That's something we haven't seen before. A deep integration and cross license system between iTunes purchases and a content owner's own system.

And beyond that, there is every single Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movie ever made available for purchase in the app. That's pretty magical. All of my childhood favorites are here, even the non-animated ones like Old Yeller and The Love Bug. The prices are high, as is common for Disney, but they are all there.

In addition, the app also includes special features, shorts, etc. all of the content associated with each release is included with a purchase. As a special offer, anyone who downloads the app and sets up the connection between Disney and iTunes will be gifted a free copy of Pixar's The Incredibles.

Jamie Voris, Chief Technology Officer, The Walt Disney Studios comments on the release.

“Disney Movies Anywhere is an adaptable digital ecosystem designed to help consumers consolidate their Disney movie collections and enjoy them for years to come. The beauty of this technology is that it enables us to work with iTunes and future provider partners to ensure movie lovers have streamlined access to all of their favorite Disney titles no matter which device they are on. The intuitive layout of the website and app creates an easy and enjoyable browsing environment for the whole family.”

I hope we see a lot more of this type of integration in the future with content rights holders integrating with iOS and iTunes. It's a loosening of digital rights, just a tiny bit. And does so in a way that's refreshingly logical and customer friendlier than most services launched these days.

I have a suspicion that this is an example of what we may see once the Apple TV strategy is finally revealed.

Here's a short intro for the service.