Game of Epic Proportions

8 Feb

Hey, everybody, It’s the Nintendo fanboy of the Teenwebzine, Hunter, here with a Game Review.  This time, it’s a much-anticipated third-party jewel for Wii, “Epic Mickey”!

The game's logo. Or a spilled blob of ink. You tell me.

Do you remember Oswald the Lucky Rabbit? Not many people do, probably because he was a cartoon character from the 1920s. He was Walt Disney’s greatest triumph back then. But, over time, Universal slowly took control over the funny bunny, leaving Walt in a predicament. That’s when Mickey came in. For about 80 years, Mickey Mouse gained more popularity and fans than Disney could have imagined. But then, in February of 2006, a number of assets were traded between Disney and Universal Studios. One of the trades involved Disney’s ESPN sportscaster Al Michaels being traded for Oswald. Walt Disney’s daughter Diane Disney Miller said, “When Bob [Iger] was named CEO, he told me he wanted to bring Oswald back to Disney, and I appreciate that he is a man of his word. Having Oswald around again is going to be a lot of fun.” Diane was right. The company has a lot in store for the now-very-lucky rabbit. The most notable is Disney Epic Mickey for Nintendo Wii systems, where he is a main protagonist and Mickey’s older half-brother.

The game starts with Mickey Mouse noticing something strange about his bedroom mirror. He falls inside and ends up in the lair of the sorcerer Yen Sid (which, by the way, is Disney spelled backwards).  Apparently, the wizard has a lot of free time on his hands, ‘cause he has created a miniature sculpture of… well, some sort of place filled with forgotten Disney characters and ideas. Mickey then accidentally spills paint and thinner on this world, which forms a great thinner monster called The Shadow Blot, which pulls him into the world Yen Sid created, known as the Wasteland. Needless to say, he must find his way out.

Perhaps the most groundbreaking, innovative aspect of the game is the magic brush. The brush is any artist’s or vandal’s dream come true – an endless supply of paint or thinner can spout from it. Paint can be used to create platforms and items or befriend enemies. Thinner is perfect for making stuff disappear or killing baddies. Yes, this even works with bosses. And depending on how you use your powers and interact with Wasteland, the more changes occur. You can gain paint and thinner capacity depending on your choices and change the opinions of the characters. From hero to scrapper, the choice is yours.

All famous Disney Characters (Donald, Goofy, Daisy) appear as robots. Really demented-looking robots.

The worlds bring a healthy dose of nostalgia (a dilapidated TomorrowLand, Skull Island from Peter Pan, etc.) while always posing a difficult challenge around every turn. The music is spectacular and always fits the place where you hear it. When enemies approach, they have separate music for that, too. The enemies come in two varieties: The Blot’s inky underlings, the Blotlings, and the Mad Doctor’s robotic Beetleworx. But, blot or bot, all the enemies are very creatively invented. And, if you like sidequests, this is the game that you have been waiting for!

Every silver lining has a cloud, and unfortunately there are quite a few in Epic Mickey. First of all, this is a very dark game, in both meanings of the word. First, it is notably more sinister than something you’d expect from Mickey Mouse. Also, the game is so dark that, with my cruddy basement TV, I can barely see anything sometimes. Another thing is that this game has a lot of glitches. Sometimes, Mickey will be sent flying for no reason, and sometimes, a simple jump from a strange platform will catapult him to the skies. (But you can use that to your advantage…) One of the weirder glitches I’ve seen is in the main hub of the haunted swamp world, Bog Easy. At the loop, the music stopped abruptly. I couldn’t get it to play again. This also occurs in a certain area of the game where giant tentactle-like pillars are terrorizing Wasteland. Hmm.

All things considered, Epic Mickey is a great game. I highly suggest it to any gamer, casual or hardcore. My final judgment: 8.75/10! See you next time.

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4 Responses to “Game of Epic Proportions”

  1. Arlin Yrastorza February 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Well done Hunter! I liked you choice of words in this piece!

    Arlin

  2. Dot Davis February 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    Excellent review, Hunter! As you know all too well, video games aren’t my avocation of choice, but I do have an appreciation for the art and technology that goes into them. Leave it to Disney to take the genre to a new level, but remain (somewhat) true to their heritage and history.

    Your review is very descriptive, and I can see that you’ve done your research thoroughly with the game and Disney as well. I learned a lot. Most of all, however, I appreciate your writing style so much. Your usage is colorful and your thoughts flow freely and logically. In other words, your stuff is easy to read and always interesting to me.

    I look forward to more so keep the thinking cap on. — Eit Tod

    • teenwebzine February 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      Thanks, Aunt Dot! I had as much fun reading your comment as I do playing the game! But what’s with signing out as “Eit Tod”? -Hunter

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