A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
The game has a large good vs. evil component, but even the villains join forces to help the cause.
Positive Role Models
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Products & Purchases
The game is based on a wide range of Disney characters, most of whom have products, movies, TV shows, and other commercial properties.
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.
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.
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