To infinity and beyond!
It may be a few years since we’ve been graced with a new Toy Story movie, but it’s a franchise that lives on in our hearts forever. Woody and Buzz are basically our own childhood heroes at this point, and the rest of the gang might as well be our best friends. Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of joining them in a myriad of video games: but what are the best Toy Story video games of all time?
Dating back to the mid-1990s, when the very first toy story was a whole new phenomenon, and right now, we’ve rounded up 10 Toy Story games we just wouldn’t want to be without. Reach for the sky!
10. Toy Story Madness
- Released in 2009
- Formats: Wii, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Toy Story Mania features a set of mini-games based on everyone’s favorite toy set. Similar to other board games, there is no main story, just a selection of fun challenges to complete.
Toy Story Mania is based on the real-world attraction Toy Story Midway Mania found at Disney World California. Storyless, it doesn’t quite rely on the characters that make the franchise so lovable, but it’s an entertaining party game brought to life by some familiar faces.
9. Star Command’s Buzz Lightyear
- Released in 2000
- Formats: PS1, Dreamcast, PC, Game Boy Color
Star Command’s Buzz Lightyear follows Buzz on his journey through several planets. Based on the animated television series of the same name, Star Command’s Buzz Lightyear fleshes out Buzz’s character, almost as if he never realized he was a toy.
It’s great to be able to play as Buzz, and using a ray gun never really gets old. Especially when there seem to be no signs of intelligent life anywhere. It’s not enough as epic as the brilliant beginning of toy story 2 where Buzz fights Emperor Zurg, and that’s pretty old now. But hey, playing as Buzz Lightyear is a win in our book, making it one of the best Toy Story games ever made. And with a Buzz Lightyear movie imminent, this one seems more relevant than ever.
8. Toy Story
- Released in 1995
- Formats: SEGA Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, PC
A side-scrolling adventure, toy story closely follows the events of the first film. It’s a little long in the tooth now, but in 1995 it won us over; at the time, its visuals were excellent, truly capturing the essence of the film.
Most of the levels were played from Woody’s point of view. With his trusty lasso in hand, players could jump over enemies and defeat them. We were also able to control the RC at certain levels, keeping the gameplay varied and fresh. Not only is it one of the best Toy Story games, but also one of our favorite movie games of all time. A true classic.
7. Disney’s Extreme Skateboarding Adventure
- Released in 2003
- Formats: Gameboy Advance, Gamecube, PS2, Xbox
Developed by Toys for Bob, Disney’s Extreme Skateboarding Adventure is not just a Toy Story game. In fact, it features many Disney favorites skating like they’re Tony Hawk. There are characters from Tarzan and The Lion King in there, but it’s the Toy Story ones that we’re most interested in.
Take control of Woody or Buzz and skate on a track laid out in Andy’s room. There are challenges to complete, or you can just head into free play, skating to your heart’s content.
Fact: the game engine used for Disney’s Extreme Skateboarding Adventure is the same as the one used to create Tony Hawk 4 Pro Skater. It really is the real deal.
6.Kingdom Hearts 3
- Released in 2019
- Formats: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Here is the newest game on the list. And we’re taking some liberties here. Sure, kingdom hearts 3 is not exclusively a Toy Story game. But he is still one of the best Toy Story games, thanks to its “Toy Box” kingdom; a world based on the Toy Story franchise and where Sora and co will meet Woody and a host of familiar faces.
Seeing Woody and Buzz interact with toy versions of Sora, Donald, and Goofy is, quite frankly, a gift that keeps on giving. Unfortunately, time in the Toy Box kingdom is brief. We would have liked to spend more time exploring Andy’s rooms – which look like the real thing.
5. Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure
- Released in 2012
- Formats: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure is a delightful platformer that takes players on a journey through six worlds-based Pixar films. There are At the top, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Finding Dory and of course, toy story.
Each world brings its own challenges, secrets to uncover, and a short narrative to guide players through the three levels that make up that world. Each is only an hour or two long, but they offer faithful recreations of Pixar films. Of course, the world of Toy Story is our favorite. It features characters from every film in the franchise, placing them in storylines that any fan of the series will instantly recognize. We love it.
4. Toy Story Racer
- Released in 2001
- Formats: Game Boy Color, PS1
Did you know? Toy Story Runner is developed by Traveller’s Tales, the same company responsible for the Lego games. Before he became known for bringing plastic bricks to life, however, he had a name for himself making games based on Disney properties. One of our favorites is Toy Story Runnera go-kart game with our favorite Toy Story characters.
Whether you’re rushing in a time trial or a frantic race, there’s plenty to keep you on your toes here. With 12 unlockable characters from Toy Story, you’ll want to keep playing until you’ve unlocked them all. The courses are varied and creative too; from Andy’s Room to Pizza Planet, it’s true fan-service of the Toy Story franchise. For go-kart fans, this is one of the best Toy Story-based games out there.
3. Disney Infinite
- Released in 2013
- Formats: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PC
Developed by Avalanche Software, disney infinity is a toys-to-life game putting players directly into the world of a range of their favorite franchises. One world is, of course, Toy Story. And this is perhaps the most fitting of all: just like the film, disney infinity see your toys come to life.
disney infinityToy Story’s level is a sandbox based around a space planet. Buzz, Woody and Jessie take part in a variety of activities to save the green aliens – who are, of course, eternally grateful. Being able to go on an adventure with Buzz, Woody and Jessie is a treat for all fans of the franchise. Plus, being able to see your toys come to life really captures the joy of toy story.
2. Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue
- Released in 1999
- Formats: PS1, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast, PC
Another game developed by Traveller’s Tales, Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue is one of the best Toy Story games we’ve ever played. It may be long in the tooth, but don’t let that put you off. And, in fact, if you haven’t played this masterpiece yet, it’s coming soon to PS Plus for Premium and Deluxe members.
Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue is a platform game based on – no surprises here – toy story 2. It follows Buzz as he rescues other favorite movie characters, featuring iconic locations like Andy’s house, Al’s Toy Barn and even the airport terminal. Andy’s house is a highlight for us, and exploring his room never gets old.
1. Toy Story 3: The Video Game
- Released in 2010
- Formats: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, Nintendo DS, PC
And here we have it: the best Toy Story game of all time. If you’ve played it, we’re sure you’ll understand. It’s a two-half game. The “campaign” closely follows the events of Toy Story 3with players taking control of Woody, Buzz and Jessie as they explore various locations in the film.
But it’s the secondary mode of the game – the Toy Box mode – where Toy Story 3: The Video Game really stands out. Based on Woody’s Roundup, a fictional TV show, Toy Box mode allows players to build a town, taking on endless missions from Mayor Hamm and other townspeople. With so much to do and explore, it’s a mode you never get tired of playing. We just wish there was a modernized version. Please Disney!