Toy Review: Disney TV
By Jakks Pacific
Our Recommended Age: 5-up
Our Rating: A
Disney 5-in-1 TV Games
this toy ever convenient! Disney TV Games 5-in-1 is a
plug-and-play controller featuring five Disney games that
kids can play on their TV.
it up is a no-brainer. The controller plugs directly into
the TV through ATV input jacks, without the need for a game
console. It does, however, require 4 "AA"
convenience of the TV Games series from Jakks Pacific
is one of its best features. It's
something kids can bring along to their grandparent's house,
for example, without hassle. Of course, it is ideal for
families who don't already own game consoles, but those that
do can still enjoy the TV Games unit. A sibling can enjoy
games on another television, for example.
five games each star, of course, Disney characters. We love
the Aladdin game, Aladdin and the 5 Gems of Agrabah,
which reminds us of an old Aladdin game for the Super
Nintendo and another for the Sega, both of which were family
favorites in their day.
favorite is Simba and the Tree of Trials, a screenshot of
which is directly above. This one is Tetris-like, and
because it moves a little more slowly than Tetris, it is a
perfect fit for kids.
to the Rescue is a game in which Pumbaa is sleepwalking and
needs to be guided through a maze. This one requires some
thinking skillsalways appreciated by parents. Donald's
Golf Tournament and Stich's Search for Paradise are
the other games included, and they each have merit as well
as replay value. They are a little harder to get into,
there are no game cartridges to fuss withthe games are
incorporated in the unit. Again, this is extremely
controls are more than adequate. In addition to the
joystick, there are two buttons used for gameplay. Depending
on the game, these buttons are used for such things as
jumping, throwing things at enemies, rotating puzzle pieces,
and the like. Full onscreen written instructions are
provided for each game, but most kids will jump right in and
play. The controls are intuitive and easy to learn, even
without instruction, for most of the games.
kid testers thoroughly enjoy Disney TV Games. The only
downside is the fact that you'll need to replace batteries
now and again, but the unit's portability, convenience, and
entertainment value make it a worthwhile purchase for many
available are Namco II: Ms Pac-Man with 5 TV Games
and Spider-Man Controller with 5 TV Games.