Reviews and Problems with Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
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Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
2 September 2013
Summary: As a Sega Genesis child, the news that Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion was going to be a spiritual sequel to Castle of Illusion sent me into a fit of joy spasms . Considering how tedious the original Epic Mickey was, my interest in this handheld excursion easily dwarfed any held towards the home console sequel. I expressed only the tiniest of concerns regarding the touchscreen controls back when I demoed Power of Illusion in September.
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion review (3DS)
3 February 2013
Excerpt: Although the stages are large enough to be interesting, you’ll have to visit each one several times if you want to discover all of the castle’s secrets. You unlock life meter extensions and improvements to your various attacks by completing various side quests, so you might have a rough time defeating Mizrabel if you don’t seek out all of your potential allies (though perhaps not, since she’s not actually a difficult opponent).
Excerpt: I did not think it was possible for the concept of Disney Epic Mickey to work on the Nintendo 3DS. Guess what? I was wrong. The brilliant minds over at Disney Interactive Studios pulled it off in Disney Epic Mickey Power of Illusion. They did that and paid homage to the old Super NES title.
Excerpt: Mickey Mouse is chilling at his house when Oswald the Rabbit appears on his television to let him know that Minnie and other toons are in danger. The evil witch, Mizrabel, has locked them away in her Castle of Illusion. Mickey rushes out to save Minnie and grabs the magical paintbrush along the way. Like the original Epic Mickey, you can use paint or thinner on your enemies for different results. The similarities end there.
Pros: Great utilization of the 3DS’s 3D effects and dual screen game play.
Cons: This game is very repetitive and short; if you do not complete all of the quests you can beat it in less than ten hours.
Conclusion: Needless to say, I found Power of Illusion to be an incredibly disappointing game. There’s nothing fun about the experience and any warm, fuzzy feelings of nostalgia brought upon by the design, soundtrack and concept are ruined by clunky and infuriating gameplay. Instead of spending the money on this game, my advice is to go pick up a Sega Genesis from eBay and a copy of Castle of Illusion . You’ll have a lot more fun.
Conclusion: Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion is rated E for Everyone with an ESRB descriptor of Mild Cartoon Violence. Mickey just jumps on enemies and splashes paint at them, and defeated foes just fall off the screen. Reading ability is a must for all the text. Younger gamers and less experienced players might get frustrated, as the game requires adept 2-D platforming skills and lots of patience. It’s best for older kids, really.