GamerTell’s beginner’s guide to Disney Infinity

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Disney Infinity

So you just bought or are thinking about buying Disney Infinity and you’re finding yourself in a state of confusion. Don’t worry, that’s totally normal. Disney did a good job at making the different elements to this game confusing. Don’t fret, GamerTell is here to help you understand it all with this beginner’s guide to Disney Infinity. We’re going to cover the Play Sets, Power Discs and some of the most common misconceptions about this game. Let’s get started with the basics.

Starter Set

At this point in time, the only way to get everything you need to play Disney Infinity is to buy the Starter Set. It contains the game disc, three figures (Mr. Incredible, Sulley and Jack Sparrow), the Disney Infinity Base, one Play Set piece and one random Power Disc. Disney does not sell the disc, Infinity Base or the aforementioned characters separately at this time. Now let’s go over what each of these items does.

The Infinity Base


The Infinity Base is the core of the experience. Without it, you can’t do anything. There are three compartments on the Infinity Base. There’s one hexagonal compartment and two circular compartments. The hexagonal compartment holds the Play Set piece and/or hexagonal Power Discs. The circular compartments can hold any figure and circular Power Discs.

Power Discs


There are two kinds of Power Discs. They are sold in packs of two for about $5 each. The bags are random, so you don’t know what you’re going to get. The hexagonal Power Discs can only be used in the game’s Toy Box mode. These discs add things such as vehicles and gadgets to your Toy Box. They can also alter the sky and landscape of your world. You can stack up to three hexagonal Power Discs on top of each other for added effects.

Next, you have circular Power Discs. These discs can be used in both the Play Sets and the Toy Box Mode. These discs have be placed between the Infinity Base and your character’s figure. When you do this, you’ll get bonus stats such as the ability to earn more money and experience. Up to two circular Power Discs can be stacked at a time.

Play Set Piece


The Play Set pieces are clear and have hexagonal bases. These pieces are used to access specific Play Sets within the game. For example, the Play Set piece in the Starter Set grants you access to Play Sets within the Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters University and The Incredibles universes. At this time, there are only two more Play Sets you can buy. There’s the Lone Ranger Play Set and the Cars Play Set. Each one contains two more figures and have a retail price of around $35 each. You need to keep the Play Set piece on the Infinity Base the entire time you’re playing in the Play Set. If you remove it, the game will stop and ask you to place it back on the base. You can only use the appropriate characters in each Play Set. For instance, Jack Sparrow can only be played with from within the Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set. He can’t be transported into Monsters University or any other Play Set.

The Figures


The figures are physical representations of all the playable characters in the game. Figures are sold in pairs in Play Sets, in single packages or in packs of three. No matter what mode you’re playing in, these figures need to remain on the Infinity Base in order to keep playing. You can swap out characters whenever you want. However, characters can only play in their respective worlds in the Play Sets.

Every figure can be leveled up as well by completing objectives and defeating enemies. Leveling up your character leads to unlocking special abilities. All of your progress is saved on each figure. This allows you to take them to a friend’s house with all their abilities intact. However, the characters can only be linked to one account at a time. If you want to claim a figure as yours, you have to claim ownership over them. The game will automatically do this for you if you’re using a clean character and are connected to the internet at the same time. If the figures aren’t linked to your account, they’ll be considered guests. They’ll still be able to level up, but all of their progress will need to be reset the next time someone claims ownership over them. My advice is to claim all of your figures immediately to avoid losing progress. The figures also work across all platforms. You don’t need to worry about buying PS3 figures or Wii U figures. They’re all the same.

Play Sets

pirates play set

Each Play Set is a basic story mode that supports up to two players. While in the Play Set, you’re given a lot of missions that have to be completed in order to advance the story. You can only play as characters from that specific Play Set. Each world is fairly open and contains a lot of red and green capsules you can collect. The capsules contain unlockable items that you can use in the game’s Toy Box mode.

Toy Box

toy box

The Toy Box is where all bets are off. In this mode, you’re free to mix and match any characters you want. You can do just about anything your imagination can dream up. You can visit worlds that were made by other players, visit worlds created by Disney or make your own world. There are infinite possibilities in the Toy Box. In short, do whatever you want in this mode.

This should be everything you need to help you understand how Disney Infinity works. Once you start playing, you’ll see it has a decent number of tutorials to teach you how to perform certain actions within the game. Follow those instructions, and you’ll be playing like a pro in no time.

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  • Zulma

    How do u save your progress i my little girl plays and when she has to go she cant save it

    • Jenni Lada

      You should be able to save by pressing start, and choosing a save option from the menu.

  • Lacy

    How do you change the theme of your world back to normal