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Disney Epic Mickey game review

When I first saw Disney Epic Mickey at E3, I thought, “What a beautiful, ingenious game.” Now that I’ve played it, I can still say it’s beautiful and ingenious.

Disney for Wii

Gameplay: 7.0
Graphics: 8.0
Sound: 8.0
Replay Value: 7.0
Overall Score: 8.0
Official Web Site
Pros: Wondrous re-imagining of Mickey; brain-busting puzzles; detailed graphics
Cons: Dizzying camera angles; gameplay can feel repetitive; graphics sometimes have jaggies

But, sadly, it also has gameplay issues.

First, here’s the good stuff: You’ve never seen Mickey like this, frightened but so heroic. During the opening movie, some strange, scary things begin to happen. By the end of it, Mickey is pulled through his mirror by a monster. The offending evil being is known as the Shadow Blot, and he has the upper hand.

Mickey is stuck in Wasteland, a creepy but cool place where everything has gone terribly wrong—and it’s kind of Mickey’s fault. Wasteland is wonderful to explore, inspired by old Disney cartoons, classic rides and amusement parks.


It’s no small task, but your job is to restore Wasteland to its beautiful former self. In doing so, you’ll defeat the Shadow Blot as you solve the puzzles and meet the motley and varied characters that originally sprang from the minds of Walt Disney and his team of animators.

One of these characters is Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey’s brother. As the story goes, Walt Disney created Oswald before Mickey. But he lost the rights to make Oswald cartoons. So he created the mouse. If Oswald had gotten a green light, there would probably be no Mickey!

In the game, Oswald ruled over Wasteland before Shadow Blot took over. But now Oswald is mad at Mickey for unknowingly making Wasteland into a place run by the nasty Blot.

Will Mickey reunite with Oswald by the end of the game? Will they become friends again? That’s up to you, gamer.


Epic Mickey features some gameplay you’ve seen before, like spin moves and double jumps. But what’s amazing is the ability to use paint to create things and paint thinner to destroy things. Use paint to add roads or bridges. Use thinner to get rid of floors or piles of boulders blocking your path. You can even use them on your enemies to make them your friends. Once an enemy is your pal, he’ll fight against his former brothers for you.

All that is really top-notch stuff. Add a soundtrack with sweet violins full of sweeping moods and you’ll feel like you’re in a Disney movie that you control. Mix in weird bosses like the sneering Clocktower, and you’ll think you’re a hero after beating him.

Plus, at the end of each level, you get a surprise: a short extra that works like a 2-D platformer game. The extras are based on cartoons of yore, like Mickey and the Beanstalk.


As interesting as Epic Mickey sounds, this review comes with a serious warning.

What hurts the game are really bad camera angles. Not only do they make you feel lost and disoriented in Wasteland, they can make you feel dizzy (like you want to hurl).

The camera angles are the real enemies in Epic Mickey. There’s just no excuse for such an expensive-to-make project to have these issues. It’s the difference between a score of 8.0 and a perfect 10.

So to prevent getting dizzy, I recommend that you don’t play more than 30 minutes at a time.


If you play safely that way, you’ll probably enjoy the riches that Epic Mickey has to offer. And you’ll find your way past annoying enemies, like the long-eared Bunny Children. They swarm around you, pick you up and toss you in a Thinner pool (which drains your health). Also, watch out for the very powerful and very round purple Slobber. He sucks you in with his breath and spits Thinner at you. Gross.

Finally, look for Film Reel icons along the way. Trade them in at Mean Street’s Cinema for everything from power ups to cartoons.

There’s much here to enjoy in Epic Mickey. It’s really a shame about those dang camera angles.

24 Comments on Disney Epic Mickey game review

  1. I finished it.

  2. TheSecondClass // January 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm // Reply

    Great game. It’s hard finding flowers for the bouquet though.

  3. best game ever!!

  4. If you have any questions about this game please ask me.

  5. Lightnig l-drago // December 31, 2010 at 1:54 pm // Reply


    • don’t pay the guy that need 100 disney land tickets. You can DIY. Climb up the spinning gears once the whirlpool is fixed, and let down the two levers. A giant dragon comes out of the thinner. Climb along it’s back, let down two more levels and it raises the fire bridge.

      • yo_Trudeezy // April 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm //

        Exactly, best idea ever
        well it is actually implied but still good research

  6. this game is crazy! our family just sits around and plays forever.
    I totally get about the camera angles. That was really frustrating. However, you dont get dizzy and sick after playing for 30 minutes because I played for 8hrs straight.

  7. i cant get past the slobber!! ):

    • i just got it, and the slobber is hard, i agree! but here’s a tip if your still stuck on it: get to a far distance and use thinner, not paint. i had to be very patient. i never died, but it took a while, like 15 minutes. i have a question though: i am stuck in ventureland trying to find 3 flowers for a person in centureland. they are at ostown. i need help!

      • Go to the closest house in ostown, talk to the person there and then thin the garden and two walls and then go straight to her. I also need help in lonesome manor where the robot mackine is. HELP! :(

      • i thank its a goood game to play

      • I failed that quest. I gave ice cream from the Mean street Ice Cream Shop and lost a quest. Not after trying to look for those elusive flowers though.

      • The first one is under the garden next to the red house. The second one is behind a toon wall next to the pink and purple house. The third one is behind a wall on the patch of land between the brouwn building and the thinner pool.

    • I have the guide to this game, and it says that you have to spray paint or thinner when the slober tries to inhale you(ONLY when it tries to inhale you. Any other times and it won’t work).

  8. Awesome game i have it.

  9. You are right about the camera thing but it is really cool after that stuff.:)

    • yo_Trudeezy // April 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm // Reply

      I agree dude that is what i was thinking i shouted out “that’s what i was thinking ” when i saw that in the review other than that Awsome Game.

  10. Epic mickey: good graphics,levels, but they should put minigames in there.

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