Epic Mickey 2 The Power Of Two Demo Review: Mickey Mouse And Oswald The Lucky Rabbit Stir Up Nostalgia

By Juan G. Rodriguez , Updated Nov 07, 2012 11:58 AM EST

The makers of Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two have released a gameplay for the upcoming video game, and sequel to the original Epic Mickey.

The demo starts with wasteland being ravaged by earthquakes and the original game's main protagonist returning to Wasteland and claiming to have realized the error of his ways. In case you missed the first game like me, the demo begins with quick recaps the events of the first game through a cinematic. The first game was released only on the Nintendo Wii.

The animation in the game is beautiful and almost reaches Pixar levels with the CG sequences and voice acting being top-notch. It is gorgeous at times and amazes with its environments and its hints to Mr. Mouse's history. The magical brooms of "the Sorcerer's Apprentice," particularly brought a smile to my face.

I am fan of the old 16-bit Mickey Mouse games on the Sega Genesis, including Castle of Illusions and 1994's Mickey Mania. Sadly Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is nowhere near as fun as those two games.

 Those old-school side-scrolling adventure games had action, drama and fun, while Epic Mickey 2 features dull objectives like painting a stone to get to a mirror. The idea of paint and paint thinner is cool at first but it quickly loses its appeal.

The game's controls feel lose and Mickey tends to over jump on many occasions or sometimes he slides off of a ledge. Another issue was the camera angle often was disorienting and led to confusion. The aforementioned paint/paint thinner mechanism worked accurately. It was pretty easy to paint the giant stones to create new platforms.

The tasks in the demo are pretty repetitive and not very entertaining. But maybe when the full game releases there will be more diverse gameplay. I give the demo a 6-out-of-10 for being rather dull and lacking the charm of its spiritual 16-bit predecessors.

Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will release on Nov. 18 for the Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and the Wii U.

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