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Disney Mirrorverse is a Disney crossover mobile Action RPG Gacha Game for iOS and Android devices, developed by Kabam. It was beta-released in the Philippines in April 2020, and while other countries were added to the beta, its full global release wasn't until June 23, 2022.

The Mirrorverse is said to have begun when stars of light and dark magic collided, creating worlds similar to those of Disney and Pixar but infused with powerful magic that enhances the abilities of its inhabitants. Here, Mickey Mouse discovered the Stellar Mirror, the source of all light magic. He eventually learned how to master its power and use it to travel between the worlds, allowing their heroes to form connections and friendships with one another.

But things changed when mysterious dark magic creatures appeared, with many of them taking the forms of the Mirrorverse's heroes and villains. Called the "Fractured" (after the way they shatter when defeated), they began attacking the worlds trying to claim the Stellar Mirror. Mickey calls on the friends he's made to defend the Mirror from the Fractured, and track down who is sending them and why.

In addition to some merchandise in the form of action figuresnote  and an artbook, some Tie-In Books have been announced to release: Pure of Heart in July 2023, a novel featuring Snow White's origin as she first encounters the Fractured and the Guardians; and Belle in February 2024, a manga starring the Beauty and the Beast heroine.

Previews: First trailer

See also auto-brawler Disney Heroes: Battle Mode (2018) and turn-based Disney Sorcerer's Arena (2020).

    Playable Characters 

Jafar also appears as a villainous NPC and story mode boss.

Tropes in this game include:

  • Achievement Mockery: When new characters are introduced, there are usually a handful of objectives related to them named after movie quotes. Kabam presumably knew the irony when the quote they used for trying to pull for Jasmine in the gacha was "I Am Not A Prize To Be Won!".
  • Adaptational Badass: The characters are all much more combat-oriented than their normal counterparts, even if they were already fighters.
  • All There in the Manual: Most of the world-building about the Mirrorverse is left to secondary sources like the website, novels and manga, or art book.
    • In particular, the game is incredibly vague about how all the different realms in the Mirrorverse are connected to one another; piecing together info from other sources clarifies that it's not a single world mashing up everything but a Multiverse that the heroes can travel through with the Stellar Mirror.
    • One potentially important bit of worldbuilding info only appears in Jasmine's bio: Jafar, one of the biggest antagonists in the game, has already conquered Agrabah; and Jasmine is leading a rebellion from the streets.
  • Allegedly Free Game: It's free to download, but the game tries to push several Microtransactions.
    • Outside of special occasions, Mickey is locked behind a paywall that's only available when a player first starts the game.
    • You can buy an energy refresh each day for a small amount of the premium currency that's shared with the rest of your Alliance. The thing is, your Alliance roster shows which members have done so; and its only purpose seems to be to name-and-shame members who aren't paying up.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Zig-zagged.
    • Whenever you receive a character in the gacha (whether its a duplicate or not), you receive an amount of "Stardust" currency with its type based on the character's role and the amount based on their rarity. If enough Stardust is collected, it can be exchanged in the shop for a three- or four-star character of the same role (with selection rotating daily), providing a way to get characters or their rank-up materials even if the gacha isn't giving them to you. Characters can even show up in the Stardust store at times when they're not available in the gacha, provided you've unlocked them already.
    • Daily tasks involve "opening crystals" and "get items from the shop", both of which implicitly encourage players to engage with the game's Microtransactions. However, both can be achieved by claiming daily freebie items.
  • Artificial Stupidity: The AI controlling allied characters is known for not being to dodge attacks very well. It's even worse on occasions where there are stage hazards, as the AI won't even register them as a threat and leave characters just standing in a damage field.
  • The Bard: Kermit acts as a standard application of the trope, playing songs that buff his allies and using his banjo as a club when needed.
  • Battle Couple: A few sets of romantic partners can be paired together in battle: Mickey and Minnie, WALL-E and EVE, Belle and the Beast, Jack Skellington and Sally, and Aladdin and Jasmine. There was even an event for Valentine's Day where you could earn prizes for using any of the couples available at the time in battle, and Sally's debut event running at the same time featured her trying to go out on date with Jack.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The Disney villains, naturally. Thanks to the Macguffin they're all using changing hands every so often, each of them get a turn to cause trouble. Jafar, however, stands as the primary overarching threat among them, with his sights set on gathering more of them to be his followers as the story progresses.
  • Big Good: Mickey Mouse, who is the keeper of the Stellar Mirror, serves as Mission Control directing the heroes, and will occasionally appear in story levels to provide a buff.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: There are bundles for real-money sale that provide extra gacha pulls for Guardians or equipment (or even high-rank Guardians, no gacha needed) and upgrade materials; and you can buy Freemium Timer energy with the premium currency to play more levels (and farm their rewards) more than you otherwise would be able to. Indirectly, this investment can also help you place high on PVP leaderboards that will net you prizes to make your team even stronger.
  • Brought Down to Badass: According to supplementary info, Maleficent is actually weakened by the Mirrorverse's Stellar Magic and draws on her draconic powers more to compensate.
  • Character Class System: The game classifies all Guardians as having Melee, Ranged, Tank, or Support "Roles". Most of the upgrade materials are role-specific.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Everything related to Roles, most importantly various upgrade materials, has a color associated with it: Melee is red, Ranged is yellow, Tank is blue, and Support is green. Generic items used for any Guardian are white.
  • Crossover: The game is another Disney crossover.
  • Crossover Alternate Universe: The Mirrorverse is a universe where all sorts of Disney and Pixar characters coexist and are familiar with one another. No explanation is given as to why or how they all share a world (beyond a vague reference to it "mirroring" the worlds the stars came from), they just do.
  • Damager, Healer, Tank: The game's characters are classified into those who distract the Fractured (the Tanks), those who heal the team (the Healers), and those who strike the enemy hard (the Damagers), though the "Damager" function is split into two roles: Melee for close-range fighters and Ranged for long-range.
  • Darker and Edgier: It has a very sinister army trying to break a magical mirror and more combat-ready versions of Disney characters trying to defend it (that said, the characters' personalities haven't changed very much).
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Once the Guardians stop Oogie Boogie causing chaos on the Monsters Inc. Scare Floor, he decides to join them because he thinks that fighting with them would be as fun as it was to fight against them.
  • Difficulty Levels: The Story, Event, and Dungeon modes come in Normal, Hard, Expert, and Master difficulties (though smaller Events and later Story Mode chapters stop at Expert).
  • Doppelgänger Crossover: The game includes two characters played by Dwayne Johnson; Maui and Frank Wolff.
  • Double Unlock: One of the requirements for leveling characters up is leveling other characters up. For instance, to get a Tank past level 60, you need to get two other Tanks up to level 40.
  • Elemental Embodiment: Elemental spirits are a second enemy type that show up; said to be drawn to the Fractured. They're also called "Titanborn", as they're modeled after the Titans of Hercules (and appropriately enough, they first show up when Hades is taking his turn as the villain).
  • Enemy Mine: After being defeated, Maleficent decides to join the Guardians to get revenge on Jafar (who she blames for betraying her). While the rest of the Guardians are ready to shoot her down, Mickey agrees to it since it's better if she stayed where they could see her.
  • Evil Knockoff: Bosses encountered are Fractured versions of the playable characters. The potential for a Mirror Match is lampshaded by Rapunzel early on.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Tigger, who, in his debut Event campaign, is able to scout ahead for Jasmine and Simba by literally jumping ahead in the story (and then going too far back at first) and then calling for the Narrator to close the story out (much to Jasmine and Simba's confusion). His is based on the original Winnie-The-Pooh movie Painting the Medium and interacting with the narrator and book text.
  • Freemium Timer: Most game modes use "energy" that gradually recharges. Dungeons and Rift Raids also each use separate energies that have their own update schedules.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Oogie Boogie. The Guardians put up with him as a group but are visibly reluctant to have to spend time with him one-on-one, and when the villains discuss a Legion of Doom they want to leave him out of it.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: During a limited event featuring Buzz and Anna, they end up talking about the roles they play in their respective stories. Anna admits that she always kind of saw Buzz as Woody's sidekick, and Buzz responds by politely asking if she's Elsa's sidekick. They end up concluding that they're "co-protagonists" with their aforementioned friends.
  • Legion of Doom: Act 2 of the story has Jafar offer an alliance to Hades and Maleficent, and he also talks about bringing in most of the other villains (except Oogie Boogie; none of them really like Oogie).
  • Mascot RPG: Naturally, as a Role-Playing Game that brings together the mascots of the Disney universe.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Kermit the Frog is textured and animated to look and move like an actual Muppet.
  • Odd Friendship: Despite their Snark-to-Snark Combat, Belle and Maleficent gradually come to respect each others' skill with magic, and Maleficent begins tutoring Belle in what she knows.
  • One-Steve Limit: This isn't the first time a Disney crossover averts the trope by having both Jack Skellington and Jack Sparrow.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Kermit is described as having become the Swamp King by pulling a magic banjo out of the swamp.
  • Orwellian Retcon: Violet's bio originally stated that she created a new superhero identity as "Ultraviolet". This was soon altered to remove her new codename for some reason.
  • Perpetual Beta: The game was in beta for over two years, between April 2020 and June 2022. The US even received Mirrorverse merchandise on store shelves before the game was actually released.note 
  • Play Every Day: There are daily tasks that can be completed for rewards, and some levels like those in Supply Runs and Events can only be completed so many times a day.
  • Rank Scales with Asskicking: A good handful of characters are in positions of leadership and are explicitly given the "Leader" trait, such as captains (Sparrow and Hook) and CEOs (Scrooge and Sulley), though some Leaders don't have any titles and are just naturally charismatic, like Mickey, Buzz and Woody, and Gaston. The same also applies to "Royalty" characters.
  • A Rare Sentence: "Oh good, Maleficent's here!" Even Maleficent herself comments that she never expected to hear that. (For context, Rapunzel was desperate to get away from having to hang out with Oogie Boogie.)
  • Red Baron: Each of the characters has a cool title to go with their playable status, such as Wall-E being "Terraformer of Planets" and Snow White "Stalwart Friend of the Forest."
  • Required Party Member: Story Mode and Event chapters sometimes have side levels that can only be played by specific Guardians. Some Dungeons are also themed after roles and require using at least one Guardian of that role. Other modes have restrictions based on Guardian traits such as "Royalty", "Leader", "Hi-Tech", "Seafaring", and "Fortune Seeker": the Towers require that one or all Guardians have a specific trait, Dungeons give a bonus for including a party member with a certain trait but ban other traits, and Rift Raids call for specific combinations of traits on each team member (giving bonuses on lower tiers but outright requiring certain trait combos on higher ones).
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Certain characters are designated with the "Royalty" trait. The Princesses naturally are part of this group, as are the Evil Queen, Jack Skellington, Simba and Scar, the Beast, Kuzco, King Triton, and Kermit (who is "the Singing Swamp King" in the Mirrorverse, even though he's not royalty normally).
  • Set Bonus: High-rank Relic equipment can potentially give a bonus stat boost to Guardians with a certain trait. Assembling a full set of Relics with the same trait will grant a further bonus, even if the Guardian doesn't have that trait themselves.
  • Shout-Out: A "Calculated Combat" Event had achievements themed around video games, with several of them requiring pairs or teams of Guardians as references to other game series. The games referenced were The Legend of Zelda,note  Horizon,note  Mortal Kombat,note  Pokémon,note  Kingdom Hearts,note  Animal Crossing,note  Sonic the Hedgehog,note  Super Mario Bros.,note  Halo,note  God of War,note  Sea of Thieves,note  and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.note 
  • Slippery Macguffin: The villains' power source, the Fractured Mirror, never stays with any one villain for long; instead it keeps vanishing on them and reappearing in the hands of a new villain.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: The first few chapters have Maleficent and Jafar bicker over the former's schemes. Once Maleficent jumps ship to the Guardians, she and Belle start sniping at one another instead. Jafar forming his own Legion of Doom also results in a lot of back-and-forth snark between him and the other villains.
  • Star Power: The main magic of the game is star-based. The Mirrorverse is said to be born from two stars colliding, and the heroes are empowered by the Stellar Mirror and summoned with Star Crystals.
  • Starter Mon: Your first Guardian is Rapunzel, and then you're given a choice of Hercules, Mulan, and Ariel. After that, you get Merida in the gacha tutorial; and then Sulley and Jack Sparrow are awarded for completing early chapters of the game; ultimately giving new players a starting selection of characters from all four categories.
  • Starter Villain: Maleficent is the first one to create the Fractured and start the conflict, but it eventually becomes apparent that there's something else going on.
  • Team Dad: Sulley acts like this in Chapter 3, calling for his teammates to look out when Fractured creatures arrive even if they can see them coming. The other Guardians have to tell him that they can take care of themselves, and that he's being so focused on everyone else that he's putting himself in unnecessary danger.
  • Troll: In Chapter 5, Oogie Boogie will show up mid-stage to issue a handicap to you, and you have to take one to proceed, even (or, in one random case, especially) if he's the boss. In some levels, "Don't Pick This One" appears instead, which is a genuine buff.
  • Void Between the Worlds: The Rift Raids are set here, as Mickey sends out Guardians to explore what's between the different realms of the Mirrorverse.
  • Wolverine Publicity:
    • During the beta period, Frank was added as a tie-in to Jungle Cruise. Ian might also qualify, as he arrived only a few months after Onward released.
    • The global launch came shortly after the release of Lightyear, so the new character added and featured at the time was Zurg. It's also explicitly the Lightyear version of Zurg, not the one from Toy Story.
    • King Triton was released on the very same day as his film's live-action remake, and while not outright separated from the existing Little Mermaid characters the way Zurg was, he definitely takes design cues from the live-action version over the cartoon.