Have you ever wandered around a Disney Park and thought about what you might do differently if it was your park? Where you would locate things? What kind of attractions you would like to see? Well now you can! On March 17 Disney Interactive and Gameloft released a game first teased at last year’s D23 Expo. Disney Magic Kingdoms. You can read the Disney Parks Blog announcement about the game here.
I downloaded the game Thursday and immediately started playing. At first I was confused. Seemed like a lot of waiting. Didn’t really get the point. 5 days later….I’m hooked.
The game is free to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play, and a Windows mobile version should be out soon if not already. There are in app purchases available that can help speed up game play for you – you buy gems.
Gems can be used to skip waiting time or buy Magic. They can also be used to buy items in the shop to build in your park. You also can earn gems through things like leveling up your characters. But this takes a bit of time.
So how does it work? When the game starts you get your first character, Mickey Mouse, and some backstory about evil cast over the kingdom courtesy of Malificant. With magic you can clear the curse on the kingdom and build the kingdom of your dreams. Bit by bit you uncurse areas of the park using your magic. You earn more magic by building things like attractions, concessions, and decorations in areas of the park that have already been cleared of the curse. As you build those attractions they earn you more magic and stars. In some cases you get special items also which help you to level up characters. The time it takes for them to produce varies by attractions. Some things like Mickey’s house its every minute or so. Other items take several hours. Gems can be used to speed things up if so desired. Leveling up characters also takes more time the higher level they go, but can be sped up using gems. But having characters at a higher level also opens up Challenges or Missions. As you complete these missions you guessed it, you earn more stuff!
I’ve heard people compare this to Farmville or Roller Coaster Tycoon for those who are familiar with those games. I’m personally not, so I can’t comment on that! I have found that the waiting can be frustrating – especially since some of the missions are not starting to take 8 and 12 hours – that is time in which you cannot do anything else with that character. Similarly the higher level you get it takes longer for characters to level up and you cannot do anything with them while they are in level up process.
Early on in my gameplay I was a little bored. I wasn’t getting it. Seemed like I was just following the instructions and waiting a lot. This is one of the reasons I did go ahead and buy some gems. At least I was waiting less because I was using my gems to advance. As I’m now 5 days into my gameplay I am definitely hooked. I have way more going on, and feel like I’m making more of my own decisions about what missions to do or what to build which makes things more interesting. I also turned on notifications on my device so that it tells me when someone completed something so I know its time to go back into the app and do something new. This helps a little with the waiting because I’m doing other things when there’s nothing to do in the game. As I’ve talked to a couple other people playing they have similar comments.
One of the other things I’m enjoying about the game is going and visiting the parks of my friends. If you connect your game to your Facebook account you can go visit the parks of your friends. You can earn some magic on these visits which is always good. But I’m enjoying being able to see how they are building their park versus how I am building my park. Another advantage of connecting your game to Facebook is you can play across multiple devices. My preference is to play on my ipad (larger screen!) but if I don’t have it with me, I can open on my iphone and it will ask if I want to play off the “local” game or sync to the most recent play on my “cloud”. Cloud for me! I want my leveled up characters and extra buildings and things!
So all in all, I’d highly recommend this game which has quickly become quite addicting for me. Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments!
Available Characters – See your favorite? The ones in full color are the ones in my collection. The ones that look faded I don’t have yet. You see a clock above Hamm which is how much time I need before he’s ready to play with.
Some fun shots from my Park including some of my characters completing some of their missions.