Release: Nov 2010
Reviewed on: Wii
Epic Mickey is a platform adventure for the Nintendo Wii that centres on the popular Disney character of Mickey Mouse. In the game you take control of Mickey as he attempts to fix the damaged game world with his magical paintbrush.
While the game features Micky Mouse as a main character the game is quite a dark experience compared to other Disney games (although it still has an E rating). Epic Mickey takes place in the Cartoon Wasteland, a dark stylised world put together by the sorcerer Yen Sid for the forgotten characters of the Disney universe. The locations in the game world feature mostly abandoned theme parks where the forgotten characters spend their time.
The game starts with Micky entering the workshop of Yen Sid and accidently creating the Shadow Blot (a long time enemy of Mickey Mouse), despite his best attempts the shadow escapes into the forgotten cartoon universe.
The game then flashes nearly a decade as Mickey is dragged into the now over run universe by Shadow Blot in order to get rid of Mickey and take his heart. After surviving the initial encounter he takes it upon himself to fix the mistake he made a decade ago.
Gameplay in Epic Mickey revolves around the use of the magic paint brush that Mickey has, by using this tool he can create and erase objects in the game world. The game also uses a morality system allowing players to play Mickey as a helpful saviour or as a character focused solely on getting out of the Wasteland.
Using your limited resources of paint and paint thinner is the key to accomplishing the puzzles in Epic Mickey although some platform skill also plays a role in your success through the unique adventure. Players can also unlock power-ups and sketches which alter gameplay to provide some variety and strategic decisions.
- Unique game idea and mechanics.
- Play as Mickey Mouse.
- Accessible to players of all ages.
- Features a morality system.
- Lots of Disney references to for fans of the Disney creations.