Disney has brought Mickey Mouse into the 21st century with his first Wii game – Epic Mickey.
Epic Mickey has just gone on sale and it will likely be one of the big holiday hits. The game is a mixed bag – it offers an incredible immersion into the history of Disney – something no fan of the House of Mouse wants to miss. The game is bogged down by some clunky game play – especially poor camera placement – but not enough to make you want to miss the fun.
In Epic Mickey, the famous Disney Mouse gets sucked into a world called the Wasteland – a world full of neglected and forgotten characters from the early days of Disney studios. The premise plays perfectly into the hands of designer Warren Spector. Spector and his team have created a world oozing with Disney lore.
Mickey is armed only with his paintbrush and paint thinner to do battle – and our hero has to face Shadow Blot – a monster accidentally unleashed when Mickey was pulled into the Wasteland.
The combat and story are fairly routine in the game, and the sloppy camera controls can really throw you for a loop when fighting. But the fun with Epic Mickey resides into the trip into the archives of Disney world. It’s a joy running into familiar – and many not-so-familiar – characters from the Disney vault. The renderings are beautiful and elegant. Kids and adults will delight in it.
Epic Mickey is perfect for a fan of Disney history. We credit designer Warren Spector and his team for respecting the Disney history and using it as an essential ingredient in the game.