There are many video-game aficionados here at Ravinia, and our team jumped at the chance to play games for work! To prepare for the CSO’s performance of highlights from Disney’s Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 on July 12, we tried out the new Fantasia video game, which allows you to “conduct” the iconic music from the movie using your body’s motion (and an Xbox Kinect). To help the game appeal to a broader audience, the developers also included music by modern pop artists, including Peter Gabriel and Nicki Minaj. We asked our staff to share their thoughts after playing the game.
“I enjoyed one of my favorite songs in a completely new way!”
The Fantasia game is fun when you’re conducting a song you love. Scrolling through the list, I saw “Settle Down” by Kimbra and knew I had to give it a shot. Cueing the melody from start to finish, I enjoyed one of my favorite songs in a completely new way!
3.5/5 wizard hats.
“It was just as fun and engaging as the old Sega days.”
The last Disney game I played (and conquered, might I add) was Aladdin for Sega Genesis. While this game wasn’t nearly as conquerable, it was just as fun and engaging as the old Sega days. Also, it reminded me that I need to get back on the treadmill!
3.5/5 wizard hats.
Pedro de Jesus
Manager of Press and Social Media
“A great family video game”
This game was fun with friends, but can grow old very quickly once you have played each song once. While the music you can create using varied musical styles, instrumental loops, and vocal filters is a very cool feature (Latin Lady Gaga with drums and auto-tuned vocals anyone?) and a very interesting “remix feature” that’ll get you dancing in play; just like its genre precursors, Rock Band and Guitar Hero, it suffers from having only a small amount of licensed music. It is a great family video game that will certainly entertain kids for days and their parents for hours.
2.5/5 wizard hats.
“I was pleasantly surprised”
Before actually playing the game myself, I will admit that it was kind of boring to watch other people play. But when I finally got up there and played a song, I was pleasantly surprised. It was a little overwhelming at first, but once I got comfortable with the rhythm of the song and the movements, I had a great time!
3/5 wizard hats.