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.
So here we are with Epic Mickey that in
my opinion is quite "epic" and really pays homage to the Mickey
Mouse of yesterday with some great references and scenes from key
moments of Mickey history. This single-player game has the gamer
controlling Mickey as he has been teleported into an alternate
Disney universe called the Cartoon Wasteland. This is world is quite
creepy or Tim Burton-like, thanks to gaming god creator Warren Spector,
the master behind this game.
why does the big bad want Mickey there? This is not Mr. Spector but
rather a mad scientist for your records! The answer is you just have to play
find out but let's just say that Mickey's adventure in this strange
world is one of wonder and enjoyment. There are a few cameos in this
game that include Oswald the Rabbit, Walt Disney's first cartoon
character and even a relative of Mickey who is a very angry little
Nonetheless, the Cartoon Wasteland is a
very dark place and although the gameplay may appear to be just
another action-platforming game, it's actually more advanced because Mickey must turn this world from dark to light
with the power of colours... more specifically paint and paint
thinner. Interesting enough, it's up to Mickey to how much "colour"
he wishes to put back into this world or ultimately leave it grim.
This is very unusual for a Disney game because Mickey is not just black and
white... Uhmmm... you know what I mean.
As you explore the Cartoon Wasteland,
you must engage in a variety of quests and sub quests. When you do
encounter NPC's in the game, sometimes there is a choice in how you
will deal with the situation that is generally a good option or
"naughty" option. I'm actually surprised Disney allowed for a
Fallout type morality system to be employed. But remember even
though the game is dark, it only has a PG rating so the magic of
Mickey Mouse remains intact.
Although the game is 3D, certain
sections in the game require Mickey to transcend to what appears to
be a 1930's cartoon and the game then becomes a 2D platformer which looks
really cool. Remember Steamboat Willie? Not the Simpsons version but
the Disney one... you'll be visiting this cool world. These 2D
versions are like the classic 2D games such as Super Mario as you
bounce and jump to collect items. It even has the old school sound
effects and music that I'm still whistling.
The platforming sections are really
cool when you're in the 3D world as you jump across floating rocks and fight bosses such
as giant shadow creatures as Mickey shoots his magic paint on them.
As you do progress, there is some unlockable content to find which
is ideally for those perfectionists who want it all. With that,
some of the boss battles are quite challenging.
Graphically, for a third party Nintendo
game, I haven't seen anything this impressive in an arcade
platformer. The backgrounds are well made and there are a variety of
amazing locations that you will visit. It is quite a dark game with
tones of Steampunk and a very creepy one at that. Add in some great
lighting and weather effects and this game is gorgeous.
The paint and paint thinner effects are very cool as well but so is
Mickey! It's great to see the "Black and White" areas as you are
transported back to a simpler time of Disney. Just don't get
me started with those strange cows!
The soundtrack of Epic Mickey is quite
majestic and suits the game well. My favourite tunes are the ones
from the classic Mickey sections. They even have those creepy old
school sound effects here. All in all, Epic Mickey is a very good
looking and sounding game.
We've had some great games this year such as Donkey Kong Country
Returns but just remember that there are plenty of other enjoyable
Wii titles as well such as Epic Mickey. The developers have done a
great job in making this universe quite epic as you attempt to
colourise this dull and dark universe. Sent there by a bad
scientist, it's once again up to Mickey to save the universe and the
game gives the player some power in how this will be done.