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Disney releases the raucous Monsters University for Windows Phone 8

Disney and Microsoft seem to be hitting it off well as every week we’re seeing more and more games arrive on Windows Phone and Windows 8 from the famous studio. Just last week Wreck it Ralph arrived for Windows Phone and Temple Run: Oz before that. This week it’s the more timely Monsters University.

Based off of the hit summer movie and weighing in at 82 MB, the 99 cent game looks to be quite a blast on Windows Phone. Featuring HD cut scenes right from the film, Monsters University features two “exciting mini games”, like “Catch Archie” (think Temple Run but at an angle and you ride a pig) and “Toxicity Challenge”.  Each game has a tutorial, but if you played Temple Run before, you’ll pick it right up.

Check out what the game is all about after the break in our hands on video.

You can unlock characters and use your collected coins to buy powerups too, and while some of the gameplay may be repetitive, overall the graphics are quite impressive.

The game has some lengthy loads times and will only work on 1 GB devices (sorry, folks) but overall for 99 cents it seems like quite a fun adventure. It even comes with a fancy doublewide Live Tile, though we haven’t seen it flip around just yet. The settings are quite basic, however you do get selective control over music and sound effects.

Monsters University description

Catch Archie:

  • Get a hold of Archie the Scare Pig, the squealing mascot of Monsters University’s rival school, Fear Tech, in this thrilling mini game!
  • Chase Archie in 30 exciting stages, and tire him out to win each stage!
  • Jump, slide, and dodge tricky obstacles throughout campus!

Toxicity Challenge:

  • Compete in the first scare game event of the year, and put your agility skills to the test!
  • Race against the clock, and run through the sewers before time runs out.
  • Watch out for the stinging glow urchins that will sting and slow you down throughout all 30 stages!

Other Monstrous Features:

  • Play as 3 of your favorite monsters: Mike, Sulley, and Squishy.
  • Level up to unlock special power-ups!
  • Find and collect Scare Cards featuring famous monsters.
  • The Scare Games continue soon with updates that will include more characters and new mini games based on the other events!

Overall, Monsters University looks to be a lot of fun and while the game costs 99 cents with no free trial, as you can see from our hands on video above, it seems well worth the dollar.

Pick up Disney’s Monsters University here in the Store (or scan the QR code below). Windows Phone 8 only, 99 cents, 1GB of RAM required

Thanks, M C, for the tip

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Wow! Disney has been really generous lately. I can't wait for more!!
  • It's because they are realizing about the big unsatisfied market on WP8 and as a business, they want to make money.
  • Good job Disney :)
    Waiting for some of your love for 512mb ram :)
  • The only Disney game available here in Brazil is Where's My Mickey. Sad. :(
    And, Where's My Water and Perry was available in the Windows 8 Store but disappeared sometime ago. Come on Disney!!
  • Why don't you change your region to the US for a while and then swap againg to brazil ?
  • Let me say again (and again, and again): I'm thinking about the whole brazilian community of WP users. The vast mayority of them (the "normal" users) dont know that they can do this on their phones. I am thinking in these people.
  • Yeahh that's true in a way 
  • I know that feeling..
  • It's on the brazil store now!
  • why no Xbox :\
    all AAA games should be Xbox
  • Did you read the PERFECT aticle series that Paul made about this issue??? If not, go on and read.
  • Didn't even read the article. Went straight to the store and buy it... Disney doing a great job...
  • Hello please help
    I installed the program nokia software updater for retail
    and I got updated for lumia 720 However, the installation does not succeed
    Showed me this letter  Error code: InternalError."
    Please help
  • Head on to the forums, so your problems may be looked into by some WP experts here.
  • Yey.! Love the movie and nice new game from Disney. No Xbox achievements though.
  • I didn't see the movie. How did it end? Did they die?
  • Rape, incest and decapitation. Typical Disney/Pixar.
  • :-)
  • Sweet!  My son's been bugging me to watch it.  Can't wait till it comes out on DVD.
  • Again, not available I south Africa, its causing fragmentation on the platform and I know Disney wants sales from windows phone community, come on Disney please publish to other stores as well
  • Game that could easily be Xbox branded (like many other games of disney,imagni studios,10tons games,etc.) and make the Xbox game collection on WP bigger and more qualitative.
    Anyway overall i m happy to see developes taking serious our love WP platform.
    If you agree with my opinion vote for my suggestion so that it can reach Microsoft!
  • Thanks Disney!
  • On an unrelated note, does anyone know when hydro thunder go is coming back to the Windows Phone store? I would buy it in a heartbeat if it weren't for the dreaded "this app is not available for your device"
  • Probably never. The developer dropped support and no comment from MS. The game is simply unplayable on WP8 and I am actually pissed for having spent money on it.
  • No xbox,. No thanks...even if it's a good game..
  • Does anyone else have problems with this game? One of the minigames won't load and the other bugs out at level 5 on my Lumia 900.
  • Me too on lumia 920. Exact same problems.
  • Yeah, Catch Archie mode does'nt work for ne neither. L920
  • I meant the 920 of course :P
  • Not available in Russian region. PEGI :c
    For all the time, I wrote more than 10 messages about unavailability of Disney games in some WP markets (such as Brazil and Russia). But they ignore my messages in twitter, facebook and support tickets.
  • Check the store now!
  • Yes, game now is available. Nice! :)