Smart home devices no longer have to look stale, thanks to a Google partnership with Disney and OtterBox. The Google Store will soon sell a kid-friendly Mickey Mouse base for its Home Mini device. The company handed the accessory out to attendees at its Made by Google event, but for those not there, it will retail for $19.95 in the U.S.
Back in the 90s, I was a Genesis kid, but I missed out on the 2D platforming classic Castle of Illusion. This game starred Mickey Mouse and was one of the more popular titles available to tide console owners over until the release of the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Last fall a completely new HD version hit the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, PC, and iOS, giving newcomers a chance to experience the adventure for the first time and long-time fans a reimagined take on the world they may have forgotten.
Despite the new 3D visuals, the gameplay remains decidedly 2D. Mickey, in his quest to rescue Minnie Mouse from an evil witch, conquers foes by jumping on their heads or tossing apples at them (sound familiar?).
It's a good time for both the young and the young at heart. Disney has released four games into the Play Store all on the same day starring well-known characters like Muppets to lesser known stars such as ... a piggy bank? I may not know what the kids are into these days, but that says nothing to diminish the potential value of these four titles. First up, Monsters, Inc.
Monsters, Inc. Run
Judging by the title, Monster's, Inc. Run sounds like a Temple Run clone, but that's what Monsters University was for. This new release is a side scroller with 96 stages spread across six worlds.
Will someone please tell Disney to stop passing the Where's My Water property around the corporate offices? After the physics puzzle game and its cutesy alligator mascot gained a nice little fanbase on Android, Where's My Perry was released last year, with a somewhat odd tie-in to the Phineas And Ferb cartoon. Now Disney has reached all the way back to Mister Mouse himself, and Where's My Mickey is available on the Google Play Store. The standard version is a buck, while the "XL" edition intended for tablets goes for two.
The gameplay is the same as it ever was: swipe away sand and dirt to allow water to flow into a reservoir, now represented by Mickey Mouse's beach bucket.