02 December 2014

Love This Game - #Fantasia: Music Evolved #Review

If you like to have fun showing your dance moves combined with some of the most popular musical hits then this game is for you. Oh and did I mention my favorite part a little Disney Magic thrown in too. 

Disney Interactive and Harmonix  announced that “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved,” a breakthrough musical motion game, is now available at retailers worldwide for a suggested retail price of $59.99 for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and for a suggested retail price of $49.99 for Kinect for Xbox 360 and is rated E10+ by the ESRB.

Developed by Harmonix, critically acclaimed creators of Rock Band and Dance Central and the world’s leading music and motion gaming studio, players become the sorcerer’s newest apprentice, exploring remarkable worlds and unlocking the magic within the music, with Disney Interactive’s “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.”

The Cliff Scout 
I was very excited when Disney Interactive asked me to review Fantasia: Music Evolved.  The game is exclusive to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  It was great to see a game that really pushed the limits of the Xbox Kinect sensor.

Here are the details on the game.

Once, you enter the game you can put your Xbox controller down, it won't be needed again.  The navigation is very simple and intuitive.  The game begins with your training under Yen Sid, the sorcerer from Fantasia who trained Mickey Mouse.  This training takes you through using the various moves of the game.  While you are supposedly doing various spells the motions seem to me to be much more like conducting an orchestra which fits in with the theme of Fantasia.  You will sweep, wave, punch, flick and hold your way through the various spells in this game.  As you train you add stars and the famous moon to the Sorcerers Hat unlocking its full potential.

The game is a mix of Classical, Classic Rock and Modern music and I really enjoyed the blend of them in this game.  An example of each is "Night on Bald Mountain" by Modest Mussorgsky (from the film Fantasia), "Rocket Man" by Elton John and "Royals" by Lorde.  Each training session builds on the one before.  As your training progresses you put moves together to build score multipliers and you also have a goal to complete by the end of each song.  Fantasia Music Evolved at its heart is a rhythm and timing game.  You track various objects and make the appropriate action when they hit the target.  Each of these moves is rewarded with a amazing burst on the screen and the music continues.  Miss your queue and the music falters.  There is no failure and abrupt end to the song but, it is possible to miss your goal for each song and not get as high a score.  One thing I really loved was this game will get your heart rate up and is a decent workout on its own!

Calypso Crab 
The settings for the game are also amazing - outer space, under the sea and others are waiting for you to explore in this game.  Another unique feature is the ability to create your own music.  I very much enjoyed playing various clam and oyster shells to create a pretty great drum track!  You can save your musical creations in the game as well as saving and replaying songs.  Fantasia: Music Evolved is a great game that while a bit difficult for young kids is appropriate for all ages. I love the music and movements - they're really impressive. This is a definite must have for any Disney Fan and it would make a great Holiday Gift too.

Scattering Drumstick 

Fantasia- performance manipulator unlock

These pictures are just some of different game levels and beautiful graphics you see throughout the game. 

Featuring over 30 tracks – including contemporary pop, hip hop, rock, classical, and more – “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” transports players to a breathtaking world where music and magic combine to transform extraordinary interactive landscapes in entirely new and creative ways. Using Kinect motion control technology and natural, controller-free gameplay, players will control the musical flow of these hits, unlocking the power to transform the music and living world.   

Below is the complete soundtrack for “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved”:

·    AVICII  – “Levels”
·    Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
·    Cee Lo Green – “Forget You”
·    David Bowie – “Ziggy Stardust”
·    Depeche Mode – "Enjoy the Silence"
·    Drake – "Take Care" (ft. Rihanna)
·    Dvořák – “Symphony No. 9 from the New World”
·    Elton John – “Rocket Man”
·    The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. 1”
·    Fun. – “Some Nights”
·    Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”
·    Imagine Dragons - “Radioactive"
·    Inon Zur – “Scout's Theme” (ft. Lindsey Stirling)
·    Inon Zur – “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved – Main Theme”
·    Jimi Hendrix  - “Fire”
·    J.S. Bach – “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”
·    Kimbra – “Settle Down”
·    Lady Gaga - “Applause”
·    Liszt - “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2”
·    Lorde – “Royals”
·    M.I.A. – "Galang”
·    Missy Elliott - “Get Ur Freak On”
·    Mozart – “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”
·    Mussorgsky – “Night on Bald Mountain”
·    New Order – “Blue Monday”
·    Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
·    Peter Gabriel – “In Your Eyes”
·    Police – "Message in a Bottle"
·    Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
·    Tchaikovsky – "The Nutcracker Medley"
·    The Who – "The Real Me"
·    Vivaldi – “The Four Seasons: Winter, 1st Movement”
·    White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”

Additionally, fans can purchase the game on either platform digitally and for $3.99 each receive Pop, Rock and Dance mix packs, which allow apprentices to create more remixes and further customize songs from the game’s core soundtrack. The Deluxe Digital Xbox One version of the game is also available for $89.99, and includes all of the mix packs, as well as the DLC featuring an additional 18 songs from popular artists like Skrillex, Demi Lovato, Coldplay, The Cure, OneRepublic and more! 

For additional information about “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved,” join the Facebook community athttps://www.facebook.com/fantasiagame, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FantasiaGame and view all videos on our YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/FantasiaGame.

About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit www.harmonixmusic.com.
About Disney Interactive
Disney Interactive, one of the world’s largest creators of high-quality interactive entertainment across all platforms, is the part of The Walt Disney Company responsible for the global creation and delivery of interactive entertainment, multi-platform video games, and family-focused content across all current and emerging digital media platforms.  Disney Interactive produces and distributes a broad portfolio of content from Disney Interactive Games and Disney Interactive Media.  Products and content released and operated by Disney Interactive include blockbuster mobile, social and console games, online virtual worlds, #1 kid’s entertainment destination Disney.com and the #1 Family/Parenting portfolio on the Web.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this game for my review and opinions. This in no way influenced any opinion/s in any way - all statements are honest and true.  Thank you.

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  1. Thanks Kimberly. It really is and the music is incredible ;-)

  2. Kyle and I got to play this game at Disneyland a couple of weeks ago- SUCH fun! (And we got a workout! AND he's far more coordinated than I!!)

  3. Now I really want to get the Kinect to go with our XBOX360.