Have you ever watched Fantasia and thought of how magical it would be to conduct songs and be that Stokowski shadow that creates such fantastic music? Well now you can with Fantasia: Music Evolved. Take the stand as you compose your perfect rendition of classical and contemporary music from “Night on Bald Mountain” to “Locked out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars.
The main story involves yourself as you create beautiful songs when Yen Sid summons you as the next Sorcerer’s Apprentice to enter his created worlds to help them come to life. When you go to visit new and different worlds you meet Scout, another modern day apprentice, that you catch trying to create her own song. But she is stuck with a star called “noise” that will ruins these worlds that’s we have to animate. Scout will try to create a new song with this noise, but only you can help her achieve that goal!
In addition the the various songs you can play within the worlds. There are different interactive objects, paintings and many other things that you can help make these worlds breathe new life. In the songs you have 3 different ways you can play them with different styles of instruments and sounds. This will make you repeat songs to unlock different variations, but never loses the fun! Once songs are completed, the worlds will added something new to help you enjoy your time a little bit more!
Multiplayer uses two members of your party to orchestrate the ultimate song. With a simple shake of your counterparts hand you are thrown into a dueling battle of musical scrimmage. Even if you are competing against each other, I feel that I was more worried about my partner not being able to hit their marks instead of rooting against them to miss. I thought it was more of a teamwork multiplayer than a one-on-one and it has invented a new way to game with friends.
With your copy of the game you will receive three DLC songs which include “Let it Go” by Demi Lovato, “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic and “Lay Me Down” by Avicii. Once entering the song library you will not only be able to play new songs that you have unlocked inside the story, but downloadable remixes of songs that you have already played. With each song you download individually the estimated price for all downloadable songs will reach about almost 50 dollars in total. I have yet to purchase these songs, but definitely will in the near future. I do hope that Disney will introduce us to wonderful Disney film and park based songs in future DLC packs.
The kinect uses your body to follow the rhythm of different arrows to conduct songs with different instruments and sounds that will make the songs your own. The game has a little difficulty reading your movements, but plays beautifully regardless. Multiplayer makes into a little hard to read the arrows and if you live in a house with close quarters you will definitely be slapping each other!
It is a great game to play with friends and family. This will be the ultimate Christmas gift for Xbox owners and doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. The only problem you will have with the game..? Living a life outside of it!
One last comment, this review was done playing the XBox 360 Kinect Version, and a copy was provided by Disney Interactive for this purpose.
Click the Buy Now button below to get your own copy. Available Now for a suggested retail price of $59.99 for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and for a suggested retail price of $49.99 for Kinect for Xbox 360 and is rated E10+ by the ESRB.