Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk about...
|Subjects:||Hobbies: collecting |
Language & Reading: reading
|Skills:||Emotional Development: persevering |
Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, solving puzzles, strategy
|Available online?||Not available online|
|Release date:||November 18, 2012|
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Adventures, Book characters, Fairy tales, Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Ocean creatures, Pirates|
|ESRB rating:||E for Mild Cartoon Violence |