Disney’s greatest disappointment: the Sorcerer’s Arena



By Syeda Rizvi, Editor-in-Chief

Disney Sorcerer’s Arena,” an app released on March 24, has an average of 4.7 stars on the app store. I hoped this game would prove to be a worthy activity that would eat up some time during my quarantine. However, like many things in life, the best thing about this app is the way it looksand that’s about it.

The game begins with an unreasonably long tutorial that teaches you about the basic fighting method for the game. I would not count that as too much of a flaw, as Disney’s audience includes a significant portion of children. 

The character range is excellent and includes almost any Disney-Pixar character you can think of, from the princesses to monsters and villains. While each character has their own form of attack, my main problem is that there is no point to play a game that can play itself. You can literally push an auto-play button that plays the entire battle for you; you just watch. I would much rather Disney offer a setting where you can choose your level of difficulty instead of playing battle rounds that are so easy it is almost impossible to lose. 

Children who are around four would probably benefit the most from this simple game. If that were the only problem, and this game was targeted towards young children, I would not give it a low 2 star rating. But the in-game purchases are completely ridiculous.

You can purchase a character package, “The Incredible Team Bundle” for the low price of $50. Because that’s a completely reasonable price to pay for a few characters, is it not? Unless Disney assumes that its audience for this game is a group of rich toddlers, there is something seriously wrong with the pricing. It is hard for me to imagine a grown teenager would play more than three rounds of battle, much less spend $50 on what seems to be a pretty lame package.

All in all, this game was a pretty big disappointment. If it weren’t for the fact that I felt a little nostalgic looking at Aladdin’s handsome face, this game would have gotten a half star. While it is still available on the app store for you to download and see for yourself, I would not recommend wasting your time. You might as well go and binge-watch a few quality Disney movies instead.