Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

Common Sense Media says

Gorgeous, nostalgic, but sadly frustrating Disney adventure.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game makes players think about the choices they make and their associated consequences. You can accomplish objectives in different ways, affecting the characters involved. Players will be left pondering the outcome and significance of their actions. Also, the game's cooperative element provides a social gaming experience.

Positive role models

Mickey and Oswald are sometimes slightly at odds, but they work with a genuine spirit of friendship and cooperation. Whether they are destructive or reparative is largely up to the player, which means kids play a role in developing the heroes' roles. 

Ease of play

An in-game tutorial explains the game's running and jumping controls, which are pretty straightforward. However, kids can expect to run up against problems solving the game's puzzles, many of which are poorly explained and not intuitive. Running around looking for a clue as to what to do next in a puzzle room for minutes on end is the norm, not the exception.

Violence

As Mickey, players have the power to thin away enemies. Oswald can attack with electrical streams from his remote control and also punch and kick. The violence is fairly mild -- players don't attack humans, only robots and cartoon creatures -- but the game has a slightly dark overtone that may prove a bit unnerving for younger kids

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is part of the massive marketing machine that is Disney. It might be seen as a promotion for Mickey Mouse, the theme parks, or various Disney movies and characters.

Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is an action and adventure game for kids, but that parts may prove frustratingly tricky for its target audience -- and perhaps even their parents. Kids play in a dark and frequently gloomy world. Players confront choices throughout the game, and will need to think about the potential consequences that might come with their actions. Depending on the choices kids make, the game can take on a slightly darker tone. Violence is limited to splashing thinner on or zapping robotic and cartoon enemies, but there are times when players can choose to do something worse: destroy rather than create, which often results in a sadder world. Parents should also note there is also a strong co-operative element -- it's a game better played with a friend controlling Mickey's companion Oswald.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • defining problems
  • investigation
  • solving puzzles

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • defining problems
  • investigation
  • solving puzzles

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Disney's iconic mouse returns to Wasteland with his magical paint- and thinner-spraying brush in DISNEY EPIC MICKEY 2: THE POWER OF TWO. Once he's back in the land of forgotten cartoons he finds much of it in ruin, having suffered a terrible quake. The Mad Scientist -- villain of the first game -- is on the scene claiming he knows who is responsible, but few are willing to trust him. Mickey teams up with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, an old Disney cartoon he met during his last visit, and the two go on a mission to deduce what's really happening. Taking on enemies and puzzles together -- a second player can control Oswald, who wields a magic remote control that can shoot electric blasts and interface with machinery -- they travel through nostalgic and long lost Disney locales, meet plenty of forgotten characters, and face difficult decisions that will leave a lasting mark on Wasteland and its characters.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Pity the heartless soul who doesn't want to love this game. Its lush and beautiful cartoon world is filled with nostalgia for older players and fresh animated wonders for younger ones. It is an ode to all things Disney. What's more, it attempts to bring more to the arena of kids' games than just unthinking, reflexive action. It wants kids to think about what they do, how they want to do it, and what the results of their actions might be. It's a game of immense potential.

Which makes it all the sadder that it fails in so many ways. Players aren't provided nearly enough direction in many of the game's puzzles, which lack meaningful visual clues and audio cues. As a result, you're often left wandering in a frustrating search for something that will let you progress. And Oswald, poor Oswald, is a bit of a dummy. If he's not under the control of a player, the computer will have him do all sorts of silly things -- fall off ledges, use his propeller ears for seemingly no reason -- while you wait for him to catch up and perform some necessary tandem action. It's a shame solo players can't just switch to Oswald as needed. Put simply, this game just never finds that ol' Disney magic.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about cooperation. What sorts of things do you like to have help with? When do you like to do things on your own?  Are there times when you're shy about asking for a bit of assistance?

  • Families can also discuss making thoughtful choices. Everything you do in life has repercussions, large or small. Do you think about how your actions affect others, or how their actions affect you? How do you ensure the things you do don't keep others from doing what they want to do?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Windows, Mac
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:November 18, 2012
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:E for Cartoon Violence (Mac, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 9 years old February 18, 2013
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9
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Epic M. 2

It can be hard at some parts
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent Written byMcbasilrocks November 22, 2012
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8
QUALITY
 

Better than the first, though still flawed.

It's better than the first one, at least. If you've got small kids with you, though, make sure they make the right choices throughout - if you mess up, the game gets significantly darker and potentially scary for kids under 8. Case in point: one section has you either painting in a bridge to allow another character to cross a river of lava. If you paint in the bridge, you'll be rewarded, but if you decide to go for the tempting treasure chest up on that nearby ledge, you'll accidentally break the rope the character's hanging from and drop him into the lava, causing all of the other NPCs in the area to shun you - there's no going back. Another example - whether one certain character actually becomes a villain later on the story is purely dependent on your gameplay choices. If they keep on the straight and narrow, though, you'll find a decent story and some gorgeously orchestrated classic-Disney-style musical numbers. If I have to complain, I'd say make sure you play with your kid as Oswald in co-op mode, as having the computer control him is not a good idea; the game often decides you'd rather watch Oswald throw himself off a cliff than shock a terminal you need in order to progress. Violence is limited to cartoon slapstick, though Oswald does basically carry a tazer (in the guise of a remote control) around with him which he uses to electrify machines, and, if the player chooses to do so, other people. The inkblot creatures and the robotic monsters that Mickey and Oswald fight seem scary at first, but a quick blast of paint turns them friendly. One more point: make sure your kid plays with someone who is good at interpreting unhelpful comments. There is many a moment when you're stuck in a maze room and all your gremlin helper, Gus, can offer as a hint is a vague "go over there" - this will undoubtedly leave many kids frustrated. As far as controls go, I'd opt for the Wii version purely because the Wiimote allows for better aiming when you're firing paint - the thumbsticks on the Wii U, PS3 and XBox 360 just don't cut it. Visually, the game's a joy - every inch is dripping with pure Disney magic, and the characters, who are now fully voiced, sound like they should and offer more depth to an otherwise somewhat boring experience. If you're prepared to overlook its shortcomings, though, you'll find something to enjoy in Epic Mickey 2 - just watch it with kids under 8, as there's some potentially disturbing stuff in here. Also, kudos to whoever decided to make this a musical - the songs are annoyingly catchy!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Written byAnonymous January 25, 2015
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LEARNING

An enjoyable ride

Overall I like this game. The graphics are amazing, really. The cutscenes (Which, btw, is any sequence where the character has no affect. It is usually possible to skip these, but then you lose parts of the story.) are adorable. Gameplay is nice, and characters move smoothly. Combat: The game isn't really violent, but anamatronics do have blades and stuff. TIP TO BEAT THESE! Find some form of a button on them (usually you have to remove something off the enemy.) And hit it. Then paint or thin the interior blot. The only complaint I have is Oswald's AI. He runs into stuff A LOT. Have a friend play him. This game can be dark, and your choices are set in stone with Autosave. Have fun!

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