Disney Tsum Tsum Festival
As huge Disney fans, my family has been collecting Disney Tsum Tsum figures for years, both the hard plastic variety and the plush toys. Finding those rare Tsum Tsums at Walt Disney World, or aboard Disney Cruise Line, is always a fun experience, and growing our collection has always been a family affair. When it was announced that Bandai Namco was working with Disney to release a party game around the loveable collectables, I was on board right away.
For the record, however, Disney Tsum Tsum festival is less for the adults and more for the kids. Sans kids, I’m not sure if there is a reason to ever put your money down to purchase this title, even if you are a huge fan of Disney or Tsum Tsum collectibles. So I want to preface this review with that statement. Adults need to apply – this is a game for kids.
And from that point of view, Bandai Namco and Disney have created something truly extraordinary, providing hours of fun through various minigames of varying lengths. While we definitely had our favorites – and least favorites – everything was at least enjoyable enough to play it more than once, and when you allow the game to randomly select mini games for you to play, we were never disappointed.
But we had our favorites – as proud Canadians, curling was obviously the first mini game we took for a spin, and while it doesn’t compare at all to the actual game, it’s been changed in ways that make it fun for kids. And the controls are pretty intuitive, and easy to pick up. It didn’t take long for my kids to pick up the controls, allowing my wife to give them points on the finer details of the sport. It was a great family experience.
Another favorite is using the Joy-Con to twist and turn an ice cream cone, attempting to catch falling scoops of ice cream. That was also a really enjoyable experience, although a bit too easy for adults (when playing with kids). When it was the 10 year old versus the 5 year old, the competition was fierce, the laughs are endless.
There are a ton of other modes in the game as well, including a platforming adventure where you travel along a track climbing over blocks and collecting items as you go. There is also a dancing mini game, which we felt performed the poorest of them all. Air Hockey was another game we thoroughly enjoyed, and that is one where adults going toe-to-toe can find a lot of fun.
Ultimately, however, Disney Tsum Tsum festival is built on the Disney mobile Tsum Tsum game. And for single player, that is the way to go. Playing through various levels was almost the same as the mobile experience, although the power ups you earn for each Tsum Tsum were oddly different than what I experience on the mobile game. The gameplay, however, is identical – match the same Disney Tsum Tsum’s together to earn points, and ultimately beat the level. It’s a ton of fun on mobile, and that experience is equally as good on the Nintendo Switch.
With so many fantastic Tsum Tsum toys to collect within the game, the fun never ends, especially for collection fans like myself. The various mini games that can be played to earn more coins – think of those coin machines at arcades – it’s fun to gamble at home with my digital currency, in order to earn more, and buy more Tsum Tsums!
Overall, Disney Tsum Tsum Festival is a game that kids will absolutely love. The graphics and sounds are top notch, exactly what you would expect from a Disney game. While this isn’t really a game for adults, playing with your kids is still an absolute blast. Give Disney Tsum Tsum Festival a try today!