DISNEY EPIC MICKEY: THE POWER OF ILLUSION REVIEW
Two game sequels in one.
Posted by PlayDevil.com Staff on Dec 4, 2012 14:01 (Dec 4, 2012 14:01)
Perhaps the strongest element of Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion is its presentation. Fantastic character sprites fully evoke their Disney heritage, while the backgrounds play on the castle ‘Illusion’ name, with each level transporting Mickey to completely different worlds.
Each character’s area in The Fortress is similarly well themed, and upgrading them by completing side-quests, has them evolve into more lavish worlds. Seeing The Beast’s castle grow from stone chamber to a beautiful plush palace is incredibly satisfying, especially as his supporting cast from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ are rescued from the Castle of Illusion to join him.
Unfortunately Mickey’s meetings with each character are unvoiced, with only small audio samples to offer an indication of tone. At times (especially at the beginning) these can also run for long periods at a time and will quickly prove tiring for younger audiences.
While its ‘vocal’ work may leave something to be desired, the rest of Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion’s audio is fantastic. Familiar orchestral scores accompany each level, along with entertaining sound effects, setting a real tone to the action. Though none of the studio’s famous song and dance numbers are included, it all goes a long way to dusting the whole experience with a little Disney magic.
As I said previously, side quests do much to offer replay to the game. With ‘?’s highlighting areas that still contain quest items, collecting every Toon’s desire is a relatively straight forward act… apart from the bit where you actually have to get through the level alive. True Disney fans will undoubtedly relish the idea of pleasing all of their favourite characters by finding their friends and decorating their respective rooms. But there in lies an issue, as the prospect of dropping back into levels isn’t always the most welcome prospect. With a limited number of levels, no branching routes through environments, and dozens of side quests, any compulsion I had to jump back in quickly evaporated. A more committed Disney fan may be able to muddle through, but they will have to be very good at the platforming to not give up out of frustration.
"Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion" is the slave of too many masters. Trying to appeal to fans of Disney, platform games and the original Castle of Illusion it finds itself caught between worlds and unable to satisfy any of them. A fine effort, and fun in parts, but a poor check point system, punishing difficulty curve and short play time make it hard to recommend to anyone who isn’t a masochistic Disney fan with incredible reflexes.
+ Great for Disney fans
+ Good platform action when kept pure
+ Fantastic music
- Pace broken by painting