|Dev: Junction Point|
|Pub: Disney Interactive Studios|
|Release: November 30, 2010|
|Screen Resolution: 480p||Cartoon violence|
The game also provides a collectible incentive for those who want to relive the game. The game awards collectible in-game pins for accomplishing various goals, and because a lot of the goals require taking different paths and being on opposite sides of the game's morality system, it is impossible to get them in a single playthrough. In addition to the collectible pins, there are also hidden video clips and concept art that die-hard fans will definitely want to unlock.
However, as I mentioned before, there are some issues that hold this game back from being the perfect homage to Disney's past. One of the big issues that you'll notice right away is the camera system, which frequently focuses on the wrong thing or won't let you swing it around so you get a clear view of your surroundings. This can be especially frustrating in platforming areas where you'll have to make precision jumps. If the angle is just slightly off, you'll find Mickey springing off in the wrong place, which can be especially frustrating if it ends in character death considering checkpoints are not exactly frequent.
Another issue that Disney Epic Mickey has is with the combat targeting system. Though targeting one or two enemies in the beginning is as easy as pointing and clicking, the game frequently targets the wrong things when there are multiple enemies around or there are obstacles in your way, which can often lead to wasted paint and/or thinner and frustrating boss battles.
Still despite these few gameplay issues, I found Epic Mickey to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The story is top-notch, and while the gameplay mechanics are simplistic on the surface, there is a surprising level of depth to the game. Unlocking movies, earning pins, and finding all the game's secret areas certainly pushes the game's play time into the 20+ hour region and provides plenty of incentive for replay. This game is a can't-miss title for Disney fans, and even if you aren't one, Epic Mickey is a solid title that has plenty of fun mechanics and a great (and surprisingly adult) story to tell.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer