Product Type: Disney Wii games
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Mickey the Hero.
Disney Epic Mickey (Wii)
Member Name: Clarey112
Disney Epic Mickey (Wii)
Advantages: Loads to do, Lots of old Disney features, good gameplay
Disadvantages: Camera angles, may be tricky for younger children
Having been a huge Disney fan since a young age and also enjoying platform based games this was a must buy for me. Epic Mickey explores old, nostalgic Disney stories and characters that were dropped from cartoons and if you have a good knowledge of older Disney you're sure to enjoy exploring this game, equally I think this would be fun for children due to the iconic Mickey Mouse and action based gameplay.
The game starts when Mickey Mouse finds himself in Yen Sings workshop where he plays with a magic paintbrush and accidently unleashes a monster into a world that Yen Sing has created. Time passes and the paint monster Mickey created returns and pulls him into 'wasteland', a land of forgotten Disney characters/films/rides etc. Here Mickey meets Oswald the Rabbit who originally ruled 'wasteland', however it is now ruled by the mad doctor who wants to steal Mickey's heart so that he can leave 'wasteland' and rule the real world. Oswald helps Mickey escape and with paintbrush in hand Mickey sets about on an adventure to fix 'wasteland'.
The game has two types of gameplay, the first being action based 3D platform where you complete various quests using paint and thinner to remove and add items to advance in the game. Here you can find collectables such as pins and film tokens and talk to various characters such as Goofy and Clarabelle who give you optional missions. The other mode of gameplay is classic 2D platform play which occurs when you travel between levels; these are based on old Disney short films such as Steamboat Willie and Through the Looking Glass and are pretty short but loads of fun and provide a lot of nostalgia for older players.
Mickey's weapon is a paintbrush, he can use paint to add items that are missing in the scenery such as bridges, plants and cogs and the thinner to remove items. He also uses these to defeat enemies as well as using his spin attack.
The game requires use of the Wii remote and nunchuck, the remote is used for aiming and the nunchuck for moving. The game uses all of the buttons in some way or another.
The camera angles are something which really annoyed me in this game; I fell off edges or fell into thinner lakes a lot because of the angles messing around. You can't choose where to position them which I feel is a serious flaw in the design of the game, you can press a button which changes the angle for you but this is very jerky and very often it doesn't work well. I found the angles glitchy and overall very annoying.
Graphics and Sound -:
The graphics are pretty much as expected for a Wii platform game, their cartoony which fit in with the Disney theme of the game but I felt that they looked a bit flat in some parts and lacking definition. The 2D levels are done in black and white, scratchy film effect which is really nice and fits in with the theme of the game.
The sound is very much the same throughout the game, in the main levels its dark and provides a sense of mystery and in the 2D levels the original music from the cartoons is played.
I did really enjoy this game but it does have its flaws, the main one being the annoying camera angles! It's a fairly easy game to play but I think younger children would struggle due to the controls and also as the game is based on a darker side of Disney they may get scared at some points.
This game is definitely for all Disney fans out there, there's loads to discover and tons of side missions and collectibles to find and complete.
Summary: A great game but not without flaws.
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