Baby's first Metroidvania.

User Rating: 7 | Disney Illusion Island NS

Positives:

  • An easy to get into Metroidvania alternate for a younger audience.
  • Platforming is pretty fun, especially as you start getting more abilities.
  • Movement is extremely fluid and makes it even more enjoyable.
  • Plenty of collectibles to keep you coming back.
  • Absolutely beautiful visual design that fits perfectly in the Disney style.
  • Animations are smooth and incredible.
  • Has all the charm and love that you'd hope for in a Disney game.
  • Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy are all great to play with and experience.

Negatives:

  • Definitely starts off pretty slow, and threatens to destroy the interest of players at the beginning.
  • Gameplay feels very basic, to the point where it can feel rather dull especially for experienced players.
  • One of the rare games of this kind that feels pretty lackluster in co-op.

Consensus: In a lot of ways, "Disney Illusion Island" fits perfectly in the mold of "Baby's First Metroidvania." The gaming landscape is certainly not short of Metroidvanias (be they conventional 2D platformers or games in other genres with Metroidvania elements), but very few of these seem to appeal to a younger audience. "Disney Illusion Island" fills that gap, as it's got a fair bit of challenge but also offers plenty of assist options for younger players looking to ease into the genre. Ultimately, while it's not the most stellar thing on the market, it's an enjoyable little game with more than enough Disney charm to satisfy. If you've got younger gamers in the family, or if you're a big Disney fan, this will definitely be worth a play.

Final rating: 7 out of 10 "Good"