Epic Mickey has been eagerly anticipatedby many for a while. Now that its here, and we’ve had a chance to play (and by we, I mean my husband, because he really loves this game and isn’t quite ready to share and let me play- sadly its only a 1 player game), I think it was worth the wait. I’ve watched a bit and can see the really great graphics and animation- he’s done the actual playing. (Probably good because I’m not really great with the nunchucks which are necessary for this game).
Disney Epic Mickey is an action-adventure platforming game for the Wii console that sends Mickey Mouse on an epic journey of creativity and discovery. As Mickey, the player is propelled into Wasteland, an alternate world made up of Disney’s long forgotten characters and attractions, and is given the power to wield paint and paint thinner to dynamically change the world while determining Mickey’s path to becoming an epic hero.
Through the use of this unique paint and paint thinner, the key components of animation and Mickey’s tools for impacting his world, players will have the ability to shape how the story unfolds as they discover the concept of “Playstyle Matters” – an innovative style of gameplay created by Disney Interactive Studios’ Junction Point, led by industry luminary Warren Spector, where players creatively tackle different challenges in the world to explore all the possibilities and storylines – but with consequences for their chosen actions.
Use paint and paint thinner to change the world, interact with friends and enemies and solve challenges
Choose the best path to become an epic hero because “Playstyle Matters” and choices will change the outcome of the game
Explore and solve challenges in an alternate Disney world ruled by Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney’s first cartoon star
Travel between lands in Wasteland through classic platforming levels inspired by animated films and shorts
Experience an innovative mix of platforming, action-adventure and light role playing game elements
Collect over 75 virtual Disney pins in the game by completing specific challenges, quests and discovering hidden collectibles
GAME PUBLISHER: Disney Interactive Studios
DEVELOPER: Junction Point
ESRB RATING TARGET: E for Everyone
SHIP DATE: November 30, 2010
TARGET AUDIENCE: Primary – 13-34 year old consumers
Secondary – Core Gamers
PLAYERS: 1 player
GAME PLATFORM: Wii console
Our thoughts: First and foremost, this is a REALLY cool game. This isn’t the Mickey from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, that’s for sure. The game itself has really cool graphics and features, and the animation is awesome. I know there are folks who have some issue getting the paint to shoot or spray, but we’ve not had that here in our house (yet). I’m really amazed by the graphics and the amazing detail done as only Disney can do…its just awesome.
Travelling through Wasteland and using paint and paint thinner to get around and fight/defend yourself is such a cool feature for this game- and so fitting for Disney. Really, though, I’m just awed by the graphics and what you can do with the paint and thinner as you move around and explore! One thing I simply don’t understand is how this game is rated “E” for Everyone. The video in the beginning is very dark,and little ones can and will get scared. Its dark. This isn’t a game for little kids- its definitely a cool game, but its for the big kids and adults. I would suggest to play after the little ones are off to bed.
You have a few basic things to do for game play- spin, jump, paint and use paint thinner. That seems to me to be what gets you through the game- the rest of the exploration and interaction with the different areas is all dependent on the player- and what happens during the game directly correlates to your own actions as you go through it. My husband gets frustrated with the camera- it isn’t always where he would like it to be so he can’t view as he thinks he should be able to. In reading some other reviews on other websites I am finding the same thing. (I have seen quite lengthy reviews that speak to the enemies and challenges, etc. in amazing detail but those are from experienced gamers and I’m a far, far cry from that. I’m still impressed with the animation, remember?).
I love that Wasteland kind of gives you a peek into Disney itself- the elephants (Dumbo), the Small World boats…the music is reminiscent of Disney world, to me. Kind of like the dark side of Disney.
As I said with the Tangled review: If you are a Disney fan, this is definitely a game you want in your collection (just not where your little ones can access it). I hope that Disney makes an Epic Mickey version 2 and allows for 2 players one day (not sure how that could work into the game and also that they change the rating a bit.
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