Excerpt: If you are going to put the word epic in the title of a video game, it better be something special. Thankfully for Disney Interactive Studios Epic Mickey is something special. This Wii game takes us on a trip of monumental proportions. Epic Mickey contains a wide range of emotions as well as historical context. It is great to see so many forgotten characters in one video game.
Excerpt: Like the mesmerizing animated film Fantasia, Epic Mickey puts the perennial Disney character in the shoes of an apprentice to a powerful wizard, equipped with only a magical paint brush. In typical Mickey fashion, he winds up making a mess, literally. The wizard has a beautiful painting that Mickey spills paint thinner on causing mayhem in the world it represents.
Excerpt: When I first heard about this game, I was a little apprehensive and in the past, there have been a few Disney games that have really missed the mark. However in 2010, something changed and all the Disney games have actually been relatively quite enjoyable like Toy Story 3. But then we all know that movie games are generally not the best titles in the gaming world.
Summary: Legendary designer Warren Spector and the Junction Point Studios team have delivered a dark, weird, and wonderful treat in the form of Disney Epic Mickey. Mickey Mouse has been sucked into a twisted reflection of Disneyland populated by forgotten Disney characters from the early days of animation. He must escape this Wasteland and possibly help the inhabitants conquer an evil that Mickey himself has unleashed upon them.
Pros: Daring reimagining of Disney's best known character, Excellent level design packed with secrets and multiple ways to accomplish objectives, Tons of references to obscure Disney characters and animation, Paint/Thinner mechanic makes for high replay value
Cons: Camera can be difficult to manage, 2D sidescrolling levels must be repeated often while traveling between areas
Conclusion: If you would have asked me what I thought about Epic Mickey a year ago my reply would most likely have been a shrug of the shoulders, but ever since E3 my interest in the title has been growing. I was able to see the potential with my own two eyes during a visit to Junction Point Software, and ever since I have eagerly awaited a chance to experience the full game. I was a bit nervous as I placed the disc in my Wii.
Pros: Beautiful, fun, charming, fresh gameplay mechanics, great puzzles, great story.
Cons: You need to know your Disney history to truly enjoy it.
Excerpt: Once upon a time, in a land far far away, Yen Sid the sorcerer (from the Sorcerers Apprentice portion in the Disney Fantasia film) creates a small model of a place he calls the Cartoon Wasteland. This is a place for the forgotten Disney characters of yesteryear, more so in this day and age of Pixar and the impetus on computer generated animation. The first inhabitant is Oswald (the Lucky rabbit), Walt Disney’s first creation and the inspiration for Mickey Mouse himself.
Excerpt: Mickey, ce héros ! Qui ne connaît pas ou ne reconnait pas ce personnage aux grandes oreilles rondes ? Symbole connu et reconnu de nombreuses générations à travers la planète entière, la petite souris Mickey Mouse a été créée en 1928, pour remplacer un certains Oswald le Lapin Chanceux, qui lui, a été abandonné par Monsieur Walt Disney à son producteur d’alors en raison d’un différent.