What is the Disney Infinity: Finding Dory Play Set?
A story driven expansion pack for Disney Infinity 3.0, the Finding Dory Play Set bundles together a figure of everyone's favourite forgetful fish, Dory, along with the all important Play Set piece, shaped like an anemone. Placing this translucent piece on the Disney Infinity base will let you access the Finding Dory Play Set, which consists of 12 story driven levels, linked together with a hub world. As this is an expansion for Disney Infinity 3.0, you require a copy of Disney Infinity 3.0 to play.
How do you play Disney Infinity Finding Dory Play Set?
The gameplay here is divided up into two chunks. First up are the 2D, side-on story driven levels, which is where you'll spend most of your time. Rather than following the plot of the film directly, the story here is that the Marine Life Institute has flooded, and the fish inside are in danger! It's up to Dory (and Nemo) to team up with her new friends from the film to find, and save all the fish that have been swept away!
As you'd likely expect, your adventure will take you to plenty of familiar locations from the film, from the terror of the touch pool, to the brushed steel pipes of the quarantine zone. The levels themselves are all about exploration, as you (and if you're playing in split-screen co-op, a friend) search every nook and cranny of the levels to try and find the lost fish. That said, there is still structure to the levels, and they do have a start and a finish, so it isn't just a free for all - think of it as being similar to a platform game, only without platforms, and you'll be along the right track. Along with fish to collect, levels are also packed with shells to collect, sand dollar collectables to be found (which unlock toys you can use in the game's more free form Toy Box), and alternate routes, which can only be accessed once you've unlocked one of the game's new helper friends - like a hermit crab you can ride to claw your way through extreme currents, or a cuttlefish that can light up the dark.
It is worth mentioning, however, that while the game is fully playable in co-op, you can't actually play with a friend without buying another figure. If you want to play in co-op, you'll need to buy the Nemo figure, which is sold separately - otherwise, you'll can only play on your own.
How easy is Disney Infinity Finding Dory Play Set to pick up and play?
In terms of accessibility, the Finding Dory Play Set is pretty easy to get to grips with. If you can do the other Disney Infinity games, you should have no trouble here, as although it's underwater, it has a pretty similar learning curve. If anything, it's actually a little bit easier, as without any platforming, there's fewer chances to mess up here. As the levels are exploration based, there isn't as much of an emphasis on combat here either - although you will need to deal with the odd toy fish, by whacking it with a bubble.
Beyond the combat, the difficulty in the game really comes from the puzzles. Often, you'll need to flip switches to alter the environment/tank you're in, whether it turns on a jet stream (letting you get down certain pipes while blocking others off), or starts a divider rotating. Figuring out which switches to flip when provides perhaps the toughest challenge in Finding Dory, but any puzzles can be solved through perseverance and trial and error.
The game also saves your progress automatically, and should you die, you only return to the most recent checkpoint.
With nothing in the way of sex, swearing or violence, the Finding Dory Play Set is thoroughly family friendly, exactly as you'd expect from a Disney film tie-in.