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 forgotten creative efforts, 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.
Ok, I admit that I’m a sucker for Mickey Mouse and anything that has to do with Disney. I was eager to test out Epic Mickey after seeing a preview of the video game at a Disney Interactive event I attended in November.
I received my review copy and popped it into our Wii system. The intro to Disney Epic Mickey was surprisingly dark and creepy although intriguing. Here we learn how our favorite (and curious) mouse ends up in Wasteland.
I’m totally addicted to Epic Mickey! The video looks amazing and I’m in awe of the artistic landscapes of Wasteland. Mickey’s paintbrush is powerful and has both thinning and painting options. Use the thinner to remove walls or fight enemies. The paint is useful to fill in walls and uncover pathways to help you get to your destination. I love the 2D vintage cartoon scenes when Mickey visits the projector portals. The different dimensions make the game unpredictable and chock full of creative fun. The music helps set a unique mood. I heard a radio news article highlighting the composer Jim Dooley and how he created and programmed the music score to follow the action you are creating during game-play. You get a different soundtrack for your different movement and emotion every time you play!
One big part of the Disney culture is pin collecting. Epic Mickey features collectible pins as part of the game-play. This adds another fun element to your gaming experience.
I’m having a hard time with Mickey’s avatar perspective because at times the view seemed to have a mind of it’s own. The correct angles can help you figure out where to go next. At times I felt lost. I’ve been working at it and I think I’ve figured out how to use the arrow buttons to control the views. There were also certain quests that left me a little confused but finally completing the challenges has been very satisfying. I just completed the Asian Boat Ride quest and loved unlocking and running across the Chinese Dragon.
This game is rated E and there is cartoon violence. I feel this video is appropriate for older children. Younger children might be scared by visions of Mickey in danger. Mickey gets sucked into Wasteland by a ghoul in the intro and he does “die” when you lose your turns. I like epic games and that my game-play decisions control the outcome. I really enjoy Epic Mickey and can’t wait to see what my outcome of the game is. Does Mickey make the right choices and fix the wrongs he made? Plus seeing old Disney characters such as Oswald the Lucky Bunny (he rules Wasteland) and Sorcerer Yen Sid (created Oswald) bring the very old and new Disney together for an exciting, curious and colorful gaming experience!
GIVEAWAY: Win a copy of Disney Epic Mickey signed by Creative Director, Warren Spector. Ends 01/18/11
MAIN ENTRY – Tell us why you want to win this game. Leave a comment in the reply box below this post.
(Remember if this MAIN ENTRY is not followed then no other entries will count)
Bonus Entries – Leave each extra entry in a separate comment. Each entry is worth 1 point (unless noted).
- Like Epic Mickey on Facebook (let us know who you are)
- Subscribe to Epic Mickey’s You Tube page.
- Disney Fans! Tell us a tale of one of your own Epic Disney adventures! Give yourself 3 extra points/comments!
- Subscribe to our email newsletter (or tell us that you already do)
- Like us on Facebook (let us know who you are)
- Follow us on Twitter (leave us your twitter ID)
- Blog about this giveaway (leave the link)
- Leave a comment on any non giveaway post on our site (tell us which one)
- Tweet: I entered to win EPIC MICKEY for Wii signed by Warren Spector via @thatsitmommy http://thatsitmommy.com/?p=8868 (can be tweeted daily)
This giveaway will run through midnight on January 18, 2011 (PST). Winner will be chosen using Random.org from all valid entries and notified via email. Winner will have 24 hours to contact us before another winner is chosen. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (18+).
* We did not receive monetary compensation for this review. That’s IT Mommy received a copy of Epic Mickey free of charge in order to facilitate this review. This will in no way sway our opinion of the product or service. The review is in our own words and is our opinion. Your results and opinions may differ.