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12 January 2011

Epic Mickey [Wii]

Plot Synopsis: 7/10
Much like in the classic Disney movie Fantasia, Mickey Mouse's curiosity has caused him to make a mess of things. After stumbling upon a world, created by powerful wizard Yen Sid, to serve as a home for Walt Disney's forgotten creation's, Mickey has dabbled with Yen Sid's paintbrush, and accidentally created inkblot creatures who have laid waste to Yen Sid's creation. Now, Mickey has been dragged into the strange world, and must repair the damage he has done, with the help of some trapped gremlins he frees along the way.
If any of you die-hard Disney fans find yourselves sitting there saying that that is very similar to the plot of Fantasia… you're right. It is. And the game even acknowledges that fact during the introduction. The details of the story are different enough, though, and make for an interesting game.
I'll give the plot a 7 out of 10. It's entertaining, but not terribly original, even for Disney.

Game Play: 8/10
Epic Mickey is a three dimensional, third-person point of view game. Personally, it always takes me a few minutes to get used to the control scheme of games like this. Beyond that, Mickey spends the game using paint or thinner to either rebuild or destroy parts of the world around him, in order to move from one level to the next. I enjoyed the concept, and it was fun trying to figure out what needed to be done in order to proceed.
I'll give the game play an 8 out of 10. I can't come up with many objective reasons to complain about the game play. I just don't care for a fully three-dimensional, third-person point of view set up.

Graphics: 9/10
The graphics are quite good. The animation is smooth. The characters are all immediately recognizable. It's easy to tell what's what. The visuals aren't grainy at all. There are certain segments that are very stylized, but they still look good. It's clear that Disney put a lot of time and effort into the visuals of this game. Of course, as the biggest, most well-known animation studio in the world, that shouldn't be a surprise.
As such, the graphics get a 9 out of 10. Visually, the game is quite impressive.

Audio: 9/10
The music is about what you'd expect from a Disney game. Fully orchestrated. The music always fits the mood and intensity of the scene. It all sounds as good as one would expect from Disney. The voice acting is minimal. Nothing ever sounds overacted or half-assed. The voices sound like the respective characters, as necessary. Again, Disney's available budget is apparent.
The game's audio gets a 9 out of 10. At this point, my only complaint is that I'd have liked to hear just a little more of the voice acting.

Overall Score: 8.25/10
Epic Mickey is definitely a well-made game. There is no denying that. Disney has essentially limitless funding, and clearly used it to make sure they put together a quality game.

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