- Play as Woody and Buzz
- Nice graphics
- Replay any of the levels in Quick Play mode
- No opportunity to play as Jessie
- Only one game save slot
- Inconsistent game play/controls
Story Mode, as the name suggests, recreates the story of Toy Story 3. In it, you'll jump, swing, smash, glide and shoot your way through various scenes collecting special balls and unlocking "prizes" along the way. Prizes include both in-game material as well as DGamer (Disney's DS social networking platform) costumes. Story Mode has two different play styles: Adventure and Make Believe. Once unlocked, each of the levels can be replayed by going in to Quick Play mode on the menu.
Adventure mode in the Toy Story 3 DS game is the portion of the story that takes place in the "real world." You'll explore places like Andy's bedroom, the garage and the toddler room at Sunnyside. These levels are basically platform games requiring you to figure out how to get from point A to point B. Adventure mode is engaging and has fairly typical DS game controls, but it also makes use of some of the special features such as blowing into the mic to blow bubbles for the toddlers. Overall, these levels are fun and allow for a bit of free exploration around the rooms.
Make Believe mode includes the scenes where Buzz and Woody are in their own imaginary play spaces and doing activities that would have been part of Andy's imaginary play with them. Buzz might be flying through space fighting off alien robots, while Woody sets out to save a run away train. These levels are action based and vary significantly from scene to scene. My biggest complaint about the Toy Story 3 video game for the DS is that the game play is inconsistent. On one level, you're playing a certain type of game, while in the next you switch to something entirely different. The variation in activities during the Make Believe levels requires that each one include tutorial information on using the controls. I found the transition from game to game jarring and frustrating and I suspect that new/young gamers will as well. Also, with the steady stream of hints and instructions it's easy to get the feeling that you're being hand-held through the entire process.