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Disney Jungle Cruise Adventure Game Review

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Publisher: Ravensburger
Age: 8+
Players: 2-4
Game Length: 45-60 minutes
MSRP: $29.99

While the upcoming Jungle Cruise feature film has been delayed due to the pandemic, Ravensburger has produced a kid-friendly board game inspired by the endearingly cheesy Disneyland attraction. The Disney Jungle Cruise Adventure Game features easy gameplay and low interactivity, making it a great family game.

Welcome to the Jungle

In the Jungle Cruise Adventure Game, each player captains their own riverboat down a perilous river filled with hazards. Players start with a unique skipper specialty and 12 passenger tokens they can place on their personal, oversize boat.

Throughout the game, players roll a dice to move along the river path on the game board, drawing cards as they encounter various jungle events. These hazards and scenes are lifted directly from the park attraction, with monkeys ransacking a campsite, a rhino chasing an explorer up a pole, and the passengers witnessing the mystical backside of a waterfall.

You don’t need to have been on the actual ride to appreciate the context, but the extremely corny jokes on the cards capture the tone of the original ride perfectly.

jungle cruise board game cards

Each navigation card has a danger rating from one to three, and a section of the boat that’s being targeted. Players roll dice to see how many (if any) of their passengers or cargo they lose, while getting a chance to pick up additional passengers or cargo along the way. At the end of the game, players score points based on cargo sets and passenger families that remain on the boat.

Backside of Water

Gameplay mostly boils down to rolling dice to move your boat, and rolling dice to try and avoid losing passengers. Thankfully there is some light strategy in how each player organizes their boat, and which card hazards they choose to encounter.

At the beginning of each turn, players can freely organize the passengers and cargo on their boat. The middle area is generally safe from danger, and a great place to hold full cargo sets or more valuable passengers. I found it worked well to leave one end of the boat completely empty, thereby avoiding any hazards that targeted that side of the boat.

There’s also an interesting scoring system when it comes to the passengers. Each passenger belongs to four different families, though some passengers can belong to two families due to marriage. Each game, one of the families is secretly chosen as the winners of the cruise line, and worth more points at the end.

Throughout the river journey, players can choose to take longer paths to gradually reveal which families aren’t the bonus winners, making it fun to pay attention to the players’ who learn that information, and which passengers they value.

The only form of real player interaction comes from racing down the river. The first player to reach the end of the river collects bonus points, and so on until all players reach the end (or the bonus point tokens are depleted). Otherwise players don’t directly interact with each other at all during the game, though you can end up with another boat’s passengers by finding any who were previously lost in the jungle.

jungle cruise board game pic

The Rating

Despite the theme of a dangerous jungle cruise, this is a very kid-friendly experience – just like the park ride. Passengers become lost in the jungle, and can be rescued again by anyone. The level of strategy is very light, and gameplay mostly comes down to rolling dice, making it easy for kids.

The Takeaway

Disney Jungle Cruise Adventure Game sits comfortably between a mind-numbing younger kids’ game and a full-on beginner strategy game. The components are extremely high quality, with colorful boat markers, fun character art for the passengers, and punny jokes on all the cards. There are far more engaging games for adults, but for families with kids ready to graduate to something a bit meatier, it’s time for a riverboat adventure.

Find Disney Jungle Cruise Adventure Game at Amazon and other retailers.

The Entire Kingdom Hearts Series Now Available on Xbox Game Pass

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Square Enix and Disney announced that the Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2, as well as the many oddly named spin-offs, have been added to the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. With Kingdom Hearts 3 already there, you can now play the entire complete series via an Xbox Game Pass subscription.

The older Kingdom Hearts games appear as two different titles: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. They contain the following games in the series:

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD remastered cinematics)

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
  • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)
  • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A fragmentary passage –

The Re Mind DLC has also been officially added to Xbox One, though you’ll have to purchase it separately ($29.99). Re Mind features 13 new boss battles as well as difficulty settings and gameplay challenges.

Xbox Games Pass is $10 per month for access to over 100 games on the Xbox One. It’s $5 per month for access on PC only, or $15/month for both PC and Xbox access, as well as including Xbox Live Gold membership for online gaming and 20% off games and DLC.

Disney Mirrorverse Is an Action-RPG Launching on Mobile

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Mobile developer Kabam, along with Disney, have announced Disney Mirrorverse. Disney Mirrorrverse is an action-packed world of Disney and Pixar characters, releasing on mobile devices later this year.

In Disney Mirrroverse, players unlock, assemble (and most likely, purchase) souped-up Disney and Pixar characters called Guardians. Teams of Guardians must defeat waves of enemies in real-time combat by unleashing each character’s special abilities.

“Disney Mirrorverse represents a brave reimagining of iconic Disney and Pixar characters and stories, and we’re delighted to be working with Kabam to bring this original universe to life for players,” said Sean Shoptaw, SVP, Games and Interactive Experiences at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “This stunning new adventure will appeal to Disney fans and die-hard RPG fans alike, and we can’t wait to show players what’s on the other side of the Stellar Mirror.”

“We are beyond excited to bring so many amazing Disney and Pixar characters together, and to present each of them in a heroic light that fans have never seen before,” said Tim Fields, CEO, Kabam. “Over the coming months, we’ll be working closely with our friends at Disney to tune and polish this immersive and engaging adventure.”

Disney Mirrorverse is currently in beta testing in select regions. You can sign up for updates at the official website.

Full Kingdom Hearts Series Available on Xbox for the First Time

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While Kingdom Hearts 3 launched on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last year, earlier games in the series have been exclusive to the PlayStation. Until now. Today Square Enix and Disney have finally brought the two major compilation packs, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, to Xbox One.

Additionally, Kingdom Hearts 3 is launching on Xbox Game Pass.

Here is everything included in the two compilation packs. Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 are both included in the 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix package, while the 2012 3DS game that bridges the gap between 2 and 3 is included in the Final Chapter Prologue pack.

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX
    • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
    • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics)
    • Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
    • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
    • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep –A fragmentary passage–
    • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)

The recently released Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC, Re Mind, is also coming to Xbox One on Tuesday, Feb. 25, for $29.99. Music fans can check out the Re Mind + Concert Video Package, which includes the DLC plus the World of Tres Orchestra concert recorded in Japan last November, for $39.99.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will be available on Xbox Game Pass beginning on Feb. 25. Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that grants access to a selection of Xbox games. The Re Mind DLC will not be included in the subscription, however, and must be purchased separately.

Kingdom Hearts 3 and the compilation packs are rated E10+.

Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package Arriving in March

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If you’ve been patiently waiting for the complete Kingdom Hearts collection in one box, your time has almost arrived. Square Enix has announced the Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package will arrive on March 17 for PlayStation 4, for $49.99.

The Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package includes all Kingdom Hearts content released so far: the 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX compilation, the 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue compilation, and, of course, Kingdom Hearts 3.

  • kingdom heartsKingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX
    • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
    • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics)
    • Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
    • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
    • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep –A fragmentary passage–
    • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)
  • Kingdom Hearts 3

If you already own Kingdom Hearts 3, you’ll want to check out the Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far compilation, which includes everything minus Kingdom Hearts 3.

Note that the recently released DLC for Kingdom Hearts 3, Re Mind, is not included in the All-In-One Package.

Kingdom Hearts 3 released in 2019 after a lengthy development cycle. It reunited the unique mashup of Final Fantasy heroes with Disney characters as Sora, Donald, and Goofy travel through several Disney universes to battle the forces of darkness.

Kingdom Hearts 3 and the All-In-One Package are exclusive to PlayStation 4 and rated E10+.