Fortunately Disney Interactive and a few other developers are seeking to address this and actually make kids games with high production values and that are, you know, fun to play. Disney Universe is definitely fun to play, in fact the problem may be letting your kids alone with it long enough so they can play it. It’s fun. A lot of fun. But it’s also easy enough to play for the average 7 year old. The game is certified 7+ because of the level of violence. It is a violent game but the violence is akin to Wiley Coyote getting beaten senseless in a Loony Toons cartoon rather than someone headshotting you with a sniper rifle. I don’t think it will disturb many seven year olds. Under supervision we even let our 4 year old have a go once I’d played it through to make sure it wasn’t completely unsuitable.
The game itself has a plot of sorts that sees a virus infecting the computer than runs the Disney Universe, making characters behave all mean to each other. It’s up to the player (and his/her playdate friends if you’re lucky) to set things right. The game is a third person action adventure game, where your cute little blue player can dress up as a multitude of Disney characters, ranging from the likes of that irritating warthog from the Lion King to Captain Jack Sparrow. Sadly, Woody and Buzz Lightyear aren’t usable from the start, mark my words, there will be tears!