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Disney Epic Mickey

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

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Consumerism

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.

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?

QUALITY

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
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:November 30, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for Cartoon Violence

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Teen, 15 years old Written byGwyneth Alice April 16, 2012

An amazing game that anyone can enjoy

The game takes you to the post-apocalyptic (if you'd like) world of Wasteland, the place where all the "forgotten" Disney characters are sent. It was ruled by Oswald, Mickey's predecessor (lost to Universal in 1928), and things were fine until the Thinner accident, caused unintentionally by Mickey. He had created a monster - the Blot. Years later after the incident, and after Mickey has become famous, the Blot drags Mickey into Wasteland, and it is up to Mickey to save Wasteland from the Blot. Luckily, he has brought with him his paintbrush, which has the power to thin or paint nearly anything in Wasteland; this means he has the power to destory enemies or to redeem them. He takes on this epic quest with Gus, a Gremlin who guides him along the way, and eventually has Oswald helping him too. Though Oswald originally loathes Mickey for stealing his spotlight, in the end he is able to respect Mickey as a brother. As a Disney fan, this game was like Christmas for me. Wasteland is a twisted version of Disneyland, with references to park attractions everywhere. Walking the streets of Wasteland are characters from classic Disney cartoons and movies - from the pirates of Peter Pan to old recurring characters from Mickey's hey day like Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow. Probably the best part, though, is the projections screens - the mode of transportation for the 'toons. Each of them are based off classic Mickey cartoons (as well as a few Oswald cartoons, and two based on Disney movies). Let's just say I was absolutely ecstatic to find myself walking through Steamboat Willie. Not all aspects of gameplay are too great, however. The camera angles get really annoying after a while, even though I could tolerate them for a bit. The game is also fairly dark, and can be a bit scary sometimes. The game also doesn't offer a multiplayer mode, so it isn't something a whole family can partake in. However, it is still a really fun game, and something that a lot of kids can enjoy. It's is challenging at times, yet solvable, so it will test kids' skills with figuring out puzzles. It's a wonderful game that I recommend to all gamers, the casual and the hardcore.
Kid, 9 years old March 1, 2015

Kind of dark

So I played this and, well the beginning is just plain DARK. First off, there is this one guy that tries to kill mickey with this huge machine with a ton of weapons from scissors to saws. Then, when he fails, he tries to plunge out Mickey's heart. He escapes, but goes to a creepy theme park where there are creepy dolls, headless animatronic hippos, and a creepy setting. Other than that, great game for 10+
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
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