Disney Epic Mickey
Mickey Mouse’s Most Epic Adventure Yet
What It Is
Forget everything you know about Mickey Mouse being a cute and giggly character because he has the tools to tackle an awesome adventure. Epic Mickey finds the famous mouse in an alternate universe called Wasteland, where Disney’s long forgotten characters and attractions from the 1930s and 1940s reside. Playing as Mickey, you will be armed with paint and paint thinner, which will allow you to explore and change Wasteland while trying to help Disney’s forgotten cartoon characters and find the source of evil that is destroying the land.
Why It’s Fun
The world is made up of bizarre versions of popular rides at the Disney parks, and the player gets to explore them while trying to complete missions. Early in the game, we encounter a ride that looks like the “It’s A Small World” boat ride that is in need of serious repair. The evil force has turned the water into deadly paint thinner (deadly for a cartoon) and we get to explore the ride from outside the boat, which Disney fans are going to love.
The game is challenging enough that it keeps you engaged and entertained, but it never gets to a point where it is so difficult that you want to give up.
Who’s Going To Love It
This is not the shiny, happy land of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse but an imaginative and visually arresting world that older gamers will enjoy exploring as much as kids and teens. The game is also challenging and may be too difficult for kids under the age of eight.
Disney fans of all ages will love the classic Disney characters and settings, which includes the ability to play through Steamboat Willie, the first of Mickey’s “talkie” cartoons from 1928.
What To Be Aware Of
Players will have to find creative solutions to challenges in the game that will lead to various outcomes and possibilities.
Some of the imagery might be too much for little kids, under the age of four. For example, there is an animatronic version of Goofy whose body has been ripped to pieces and all that is left is a talking head in a jar. Meeting Goofy’s head opens up a new side quest - trying to find his body pieces scattered throughout the game.
This is an incredibly deep game with tons of missions and side quests that will take days to fully complete. I doubt many people will want to play the game a second time, but there is more than enough involved with this game to keep people playing over and over until completing.
4 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
Disney Epic Mickey
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Rated: Everyone 10+
System: Nintendo Wii
Launch Date: November 30, 2010
Date of Review: February 23, 2011