Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Clever cartoon platformer has some tedious elements.

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Educational Value

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

Positive Messages

The game has a large good vs. evil component, but even the villains join forces to help the cause.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mickey is fighting for good although he does so with some mild violence. The rest of the characters help each other out by giving items to each other.

Ease of Play

The game starts with a long cut scene, but no tutorial as to the basic mechanics. The difficulty starts low, but it quickly ramps up. Casual gamers will struggle with the more advanced levels. The game also adds objects and "Sketches" (objects that you can place in the game to help you), but doesn't explain what they do or how to use them.


Mickey battles attackers with paint and paint thinner, but they come at him with a variety of objects, including swords, axes, and fireballs. The fights are cartoony with no blood; defeated characters tumble off screen.


The game is based on a wide range of Disney characters, most of whom have products, movies, TV shows, and other commercial properties.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for the Nintendo 3DS is the sequel to Disney Epic Mickey, but the prequel to the concurrently released console title Disney Epic Mickey 2: Power of Two. It's a platforming game that requires Mickey to battle his foes. Players encounter tricky puzzles and some challenging navigational aspects, so it's best suited for older kids who are very comfortable on the platform and adults who are gamers. Parents should note that Nintendo cautions against letting kids 6 and under use the 3D mode. Parents can turn off the 3D option in the device's Parental Controls.

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What's it about?

DISNEY EPIC MICKEY: POWER OF ILLUSION begins with a call to Mickey Mouse from Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald has found a castle where several of Mickey's friends are being held captive by the evil MIZRABEL (a character from an older Mickey Mouse video game, Castle of Illusion), including Minnie. It turns out that all is not as it seems, as the captives are just the illusions of the friends. Mickey and Oswald discover that if the illusions remain in the castle for too long, they will become the real thing. Mickey sets out to free the illusions and defeat MIZRABEL. Along the way, he meets and frees a variety of Disney characters, including Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Simba, Ariel, Aladdin, and Goofy. There are three main areas corresponding to the movies Peter Pan, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid. Each one houses several themed levels and a final boss battle. On the side, the characters move into the Fortress, which slowly evolves over time into a decorated castle as you complete mini-quests for the inhabitants.


Is it any good?

Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion has a great premise. It's a platformer with a twist. In a nod to the original Disney Epic Mickey, players are equipped with a paintbrush with paint and a paintbrush with thinner. As you travel through the game, you can paint certain objects into place and remove others. This allows you to add/remove platforms, other characters, and other items. Mickey can shoot his enemies with paint or thinner, but you must choose wisely so you don't run out. The paint/paint thinner addition makes for an interesting change to the old standard. Unfortunately, it becomes more of a chore than a treat as the game progresses. It's tedious to keep drawing objects, especially while battling foes.

The game's difficulty ranges widely from simple to devious; and players should expect to spend extra time if they want to complete the full set of tasks as they require replaying completed levels. So why play Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion? The characters, of course. It's fun to stumble across Cinderella or Jafar as you travel along. The game also receives bonus points for some really snazzy graphics, something you don't always see on the 3DS platform. This isn't your 5-year-old's Disney game, but if you're up for the challenge, it could be worth checking out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role of the villains in the game. Why might they choose to help Mickey? Should he trust them? 

  • Families can also talk about how this game is a form of marketing to kids.

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