COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Review
I really like Disney a lot and have watched just about every movie they have made. I have two daughters and they are always watching something made by Disney and I am usually watching it with them.
I am also a fan of Mickey Mouse cartoons and have seen almost all of them as well. I was very excited when I received a review copy of Junction Point and Disney Interactive’s “Epic Mickey 2” The Power or Two” on the PS3.
“Epic Mickey” was originally released exclusively for the Nintendo Wii in 2010. Now “Epic Mickey 2’ has been released on all of the consoles and even on the new Wii U.
You play as Mickey Mouse and Oswald ”The Lucky Rabbit” calls you back to Wasteland which is the forgotten world of old Disney characters. There are a series of earthquakes and the Mad Doctor who you defeated in the first game asks for your help to repair Wasteland.
Mickey grabs the magic paintbrush once again from the sorcerer and enters Wasteland once again to help restore it back to its original form.
“Epic Mickey 2” is amazing in so many ways. I cannot get enough of this game.
I really liked the story and it was written by award winning comic book writer Marv Wolfman and Junction Point. I thought that it was interesting and a great continuation of the first game. The characters were great. You meet so many different character along the way and they are all unique. Some you may recognize and some you may not. It was fun trying to remember all of the different characters.
The songs in the game were really entertaining and sounded great. The game could be considered a musical, because there are a lot of original songs featured in the cut scenes. Some are very catchy and fun to watch.
The graphics are amazing. Everything is very colorful and all of the characters look great and are very detailed. The bosses are huge and a lot of thought was put into them. The scenery and backgrounds are like portraits. I thought that they looked stunning and you can tell that the artists took a lot of time creating them.
The controls are really easy to learn and for the first time you can play co-op. The second person controls Oswald. If you only play one player then the computer controls him.
Oswald has his own special powers. He can be thrown up into the air and can hover. If you are Mickey you can grab onto Oswald’s hands and he can fly you across areas. Oswald has the ability to create electricity with a remote control. This is very important because there are a lot of devices that need to be activated. Oswald can also take his arm off and throw it like a boomerang.
Mickey can learn a new skill where you can sketch different things and it affects the environment and enemies. There are four sketches you can learn. There the watch, fairy, TV, and anvil sketch. The TV sketch was pretty amusing. If there are enemies on the screen you sketch a TV and they sit and watch the TV for a while and it will eventually fade away.
Once again you can add or remove things in the game by using paint and paint thinner.
You can usually see where you need to add paint, because there will be an almost transparent outline of what needs to be made visible.
There are also many collectables to get in the game. You can find e-tickets hidden everywhere and you can use these to buy things in the shops. The e-tickets are basically money. There are also pins you can find and you use these to upgrade Mickey Mouse. It is really fun searching all over for the hidden items and they are usually in treasure chests. It is fun, because a lot of the time you can see the chest and you have to figure out how to get to it.
Another thing that I really enjoyed was playing the many different side quests in “Epic Mickey 2.” You meet a lot of different characters and they ask you for help. If you do the task, you are rewarded. The task can be found on the menu screen, so at any time you can look and see what tasks you need to complete.
Once they are complete they are checked off. This was nice because there are so many things to do in the game and it was nice to go back and see what I needed to go back and do.
I really liked “Epic Mickey2: The Power of Two” a lot. It was a lot of fun and anybody can play it. Kids can play it and I know they will really enjoy it because the controls are easy to learn.
The characters are funny and it is fun to see Mickey and Oswald interact with each other and the different characters in the game. The bosses are huge and amazing and fun to try and figure out how to beat. I would highly recommend this game to anybody that is a fan of Mickey Mouse or is looking for a fun and entertaining game to play.
Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.