Disney Infinity: The Lone Ranger Review: Fun in Disney’s Wild West

by David Sanchez December 11, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

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Disney’s remake of The Lone Ranger wasn’t exactly received all that warmly when the company decided to bring the franchise back earlier this year. The film was critically panned and has been the source of much ridicule. In that sense, it would be easy to disregard the Disney Infinity rendition of The Lone Ranger altogether and wait for some other upcoming Play Set. Of course, if you did that, you’d be missing out on a solid piece of content that’s just really fun to play regardless of whether or not you enjoyed the flick.

Note: If you’ve yet to play Disney Infinity, check out our in-depth review of the Starter Pack to see what this game is all about and what it has to offer.

The main reason the Lone Ranger Play Set is so entertaining is the fact that it’s a lighthearted take on the Wild West. Set in Colby, Texas, the campaign has you running around as either the titular Lone Ranger or Tonto, taking down gun-slinging bad guys, stopping train hijackings, and riding off into the sunset on your loyal steed. The plot elements themselves are paper thin, but that doesn’t stop this adventure from being a total blast to play, alone or with a pal.

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Of course, you can’t just build a good game from a fun concept alone. The Lego-esque gameplay mechanics of Disney Infinity are fully intact here, and if you’ve already spent some amount of time with any of the other Play Sets, then Lone Ranger should be instantly familiar and easy to get into. The gameplay is approachable enough that younger players can get a quick grasp of it, but not too simple to the point where older players will grow tired of it. Simply put, Lone Ranger, like its Disney Infinity brethren, is intuitive and easy to pick up and play.

The ease of play doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll grow bored of the experience. In fact, this is arguably the most varied and entertaining Play Set released thus far. While regular tasks such as dressing up NPCs, repairing damaged buildings, and adding new environmental objects are all back, there’s a slew of enjoyable mission types to keep you busy for a while. Gun fights make for quick fun, but it’s those moments when you get to ride your horse through the desert, explore treacherous caverns, and climb perilous mountains that make you feel like you’re a part of a great Western adventure.

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You can get through Lone Ranger in about four hours, much like other Disney Infinity Play Sets. That’s not exactly a lot of game time, and at $35, the price is a little steep. Even then, there are plenty of reasons to sink even more hours into the experience. Goodies are scattered everywhere, and if you want to expand the already robust Toy Box mode, you’ll be able to discover and unlock seemingly countless trinkets to build an even bigger sandbox world. There are also plenty of side quests should you feel inclined to venture deeper into the horse-riding, dynamite-tossing, gun-loving, tomahawk-flinging antics of the Lone Ranger and Tonto.

Obviously, the Lone Ranger Play Set is likely to entice mostly individuals who are heavily invested in Disney Infinity. But if you’re simply looking to expand the game, or if you’re wondering if it’s worth getting this toy-based add-on for a youngster in your family, fret not, because this Play Set delivers some great thrills. It’s not exactly deep from a gameplay standpoint, but there’s plenty of mission variety to keep you engaged throughout its entirety. I’ve yet to watch the Lone Ranger movie, but I can certainly vouch for the Play Set. It’s a bit expensive, but it’s definitely a winner and an absolute must for Disney Infinity fans.

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