The new Batuu Bounty Hunters game launched with MagicBand+ at Walt Disney World today. Guests can play Batuu Bounty Hunters in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
You can watch Tom play through the game here:
Before playing, you may need to charge and update your MagicBand+. You’ll also need the Play Disney Parks app.
There are instructions for Batuu Bounty Hunters in the Play Disney Parks app once you select the game. It includes a map to the check-in station to begin the game.
To play, you will accept a bounty job at the board by tapping your MagicBand+.
As you then walk around Batuu, lights and vibrations will let you know how close or far you are from your target.
The lights on your MagicBand+ will turn purple and it will make rapid vibrations once you’ve found your target, hiding behind a door, panel,
You can then use a “thermal scanner” in the app to identify the target behind a door, wall, panel, etc.
After finding the target, return to the Guildmaster’s Hideout to collect your credits.
There are a total of twenty bounties to collect, so you can keep playing all day or come back during another trip. Something fun supposedly happens after you’ve collected all twenty bounties.
The Guildmaster’s Hideout with the check-in station for Batuu Bounty Hunters is near the garage in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
The same instructions from the app are on the board.
There is a sign with a QR code to download the Play Disney Parks app if you don’t already have it.
We saw one family having trouble at the board and a message told them to make sure their MagicBand+ is charged and on.
The board gives you an assignment and then you are free to roam the land to find the bounty.
The bounty shows up in the Play Disney Parks app as well. The app also lists what each light color means on your MagicBand+. There are also vibration patterns corresponding to each pattern, so color blind guests can still play the game: green with steady short vibration means you’re on the right path, red with intense long vibration means you’re going the wrong way, and purple with rapid change in vibration means you’ve arrived. Though the app doesn’t list the vibration patterns, these are in the instructions on the assignment board. Guests with other visual impairments may need help playing Batuu Bounty Hunters if they cannot see the image of the bounty or the thermal scanner.
Here is the MagicBand+ with a green light.
The red light is above, although it can be hard to see in the Florida sunlight.
And here it is with the purple light.
Once you follow the lights and vibrations to the proper place, you’ll hear some electronic noises and the thermal viewer will activate. The thermal scanner gives you more precise instructions when you are using it.
Once you scan the target, you can tap to send they location to the guild. After that, you can head back to the Guildmaster’s Hideout.
The bounty will then show up as “found” in your app.
Our MagicBand+ did not properly display the purple light at one point, so our target got away. We were then instructed to return to the bounty board and start over.
Here are some of the bounties we were assigned:
Glaucus a.k.a. Big Guy
The app will show you a map to direct you back to the Guildmaster’s Hideout.
Instead of returning to the assignment station, you will go to this station next to a door.
Here, you put your hand in a slot to scan your MagicBand+.
The Guildmaster then appears in a window to speak to you.
His dialogue varies depending on how many bounties you have collected.
Information about your number of bounties and credits pops up on a screen above the scanner.
We got through six out of the twenty jobs available — taking about two and a half hours — before our MagicBand+ died. It was fully charged, for the record.
Overall, the game is much more fun than the previous Play Disney Parks App “Datapad” games for Galaxy’s Edge, including those assigned on the Galactic Starcruiser. We think younger guests and serious Star Wars fans will love it, but highly recommend bringing charging cables and charging devices ready to keep your MagicBand+ and phone alive. If this sounds like a big hassle, the MagicBand+ probably isn’t for you.