Disney Epic Mickey

Common Sense Media says

Grand, imaginative, heartfelt adventure in dark 'toon world.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

How you play has an effect on the rewards you will receive and also on which events will take place at future points in the game. In essence, when Mickey duels with evil characters, he can either dissolve them or rehabilitate them. Destruction is almost always the easier path, but is it the most rewarding? Kids are forced to make these kind of judgments throughout. Occasionally, though, destroying a structure or an enemy leads to unexpectedly helpful results.

Positive role models

Mickey is mischievous and overly curious -- two traits that get him into trouble during the opening scene and bring about the entire Wasteland conflict that the story is based around. However, he is redeemed as the story progresses, proving to be a helpful, courageous, caring, and charming hero.

Ease of play

The game has lousy camera angles. The camera can prove incredibly frustrating, often getting caught in corners or even behind walls. There will undoubtedly be moments when Mickey will fall off a ledge that the camera simply wouldn't let you see. You can often move the camera manually with the D-pad on the Wii remote, but there are many times when this function simply stops working.

Violence & scariness

There's more scary/spooky imagery than bona fide violence here. The dark, creepy Wasteland and its sinister blotster creatures (especially the giant boss monsters) are meant to be frightening, but in fighting them, Mickey is only spraying them with either paint or thinner. Paint will turn them good and make them like Mickey. Thinner will dissolve them (as they are made of paint to begin with).

Not applicable

Mickey Mouse is, of course, the most iconic of all Disney characters. In addition to Mickey and other Disney characters, the game also takes place in a warped facsimile of the Disneyland theme park, complete with visual references to many of its famous rides and attractions. The story treats Disneyland as a magical place.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Disney Epic Mickey is a dark and often scary adventure story that brings the Mickey Mouse character back into the Disney spotlight. While there's nothing resembling real violence, Mickey does fight inkblot enemies with splashes of paint and thinner. While the tale has dark and spooky overtones, though, it is in the end a story of redemption, with a powerful emotional climax. If young kids can handle the spookiness, they will probably love the story.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

DISNEY EPIC MICKEY is epic indeed. The story starts with a curious Mickey Mouse venturing into a magic mirror, where a sorcerer has created a miniature model of Disneyland (though the park isn't named). With the wizard out of the room, Mickey starts messing around and spills paint and thinner into the magical model. Years later, Mickey ends up sucked into the dark and dismal world of that model. It is known as Wasteland and serves as home to the forgotten Disney characters, including Oswald the Rabbit, who runs the place. Wasteland has also been plagued by the evil Shadow Blot, which Mickey himself spilled into the land years earlier. Now, Mickey must explore and restore this ersatz Disneyland to rid it of its blotster invaders and bring life and color back to its inhabitants. He travels through this land using paint to fix things and thinner to erase as he (or rather as the player) sees fit. The game offers many different locations, numerous platform puzzles, tons of collectibles, and a large cast of characters to meet and help.

Is it any good?


When it comes to story and presentation, Disney Epic Mickey is a phenomenal piece of work. The rich and imaginative tale is full of depth and emotion, and it unfolds masterfully. The animated sequences are brilliant, and one might almost wish Epic Mickey were just a movie he or she could sit back and enjoy. The paint/thinner concept is a great one as well, and there's a nice bit of strategy involved in deciding when to eliminate an obstacle using thinner or to fix it up with a coat of paint. The level designs are delightfully complicated with plenty of hidden nooks and passages to explore, and the many allusions to real-world Disney attractions are fun to spot. Even with some glitchy camera work, Epic Mickey is still one of the best Wii games of the year. Its many innovations certainly outweigh any negative points in the play control. Most players will likely be so enthralled by the adventure that they'll be willing to put up with a few frustrating moments.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Mickey's character development throughout the course of the story. Is Mickey a good role model in the beginning of the tale? Is curiosity a trait to be praised or a character flaw? How does Mickey change by the end of the story? Is he a better or worse role model by that point?

  • And what about Oswald, the forgotten toon rabbit who rules Wasteland? How does his character change by the end of the story?

  • Do you like games in which the hero's moral choices are put in the players' hands? When you play a game like that, do you tend to make honorable choices, or do you enjoy the chance to be bad? Why do you choose one or the other?

  • Parents can also ask their kids if they think commercialism is at work here. While Disneyland is not specifically named or depicted in the game, Wasteland is undoubtedly meant to evoke that theme park. Does playing the game give you any desire to visit a Disney amusement park?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:November 30, 2010
ESRB rating:E for Cartoon Violence (Nintendo Wii)

This review of Disney Epic Mickey was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 10 years old April 12, 2011

A beutiful,lovley adventure

Epic mickey is a hard game to review.there are many faults involing camra,controls and design.but thre are many postive things such as a great story and chracters,graphics,a brillent soundtrack,loads of replay factor and unique boss fights and morality system.one fav level is mickey junk mountin which is stuffed with screats despite loads of mickey merchendise.its story is dark at times and thre are some spokky imagery but nothihing that bad.The camra is wonkey at times so is the camra which is annoying and whre you need to go is unclear at times.mickey and my fav disney chracter oswald are great role modles,thre are good messages such as helping people and the game is relativly easy to play.ignore the flaws for an involing, touching and epic adventure!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byJim Henderson March 3, 2011

Great game if you liked super mario sunshine

Some of the splatters are creepy but you can make them your friends. I like the fact that mickey realizes that he made wasteland and is trying to restore it. The camera hooks on surroundings.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old February 9, 2011

I like it.

I had a lot of fun playing it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential Apps Guide