Last year, Santa brought our family a Nintendo Wii. The gift was a huge hit with the entire family as we have played everything from Just Dance 3 and Zumba Fitness to Jeopardy and Deer Hunter. All of the games we own call for a one time play and are not continuous stories. So, when I was asked to review Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, I was excited to try a game that has a plot and continuous play.
Released on November 18th, this game is the sequel to Epic Mickey featuring Disney’s forgotten characters and will share even more levels as the characters explore Wasteland. For an unknown reason, Wasteland is being destroyed and they call Mickey to get to the root of the problem. All of the in-game characters are fully voiced and you get to hear Oswald The Lucky Rabbit’s voice for the very first time! Each of the two main characters, Mickey and Oswald, posses special tools (Mickey has a wand and Oswald has a remote) to manipulate the environment. Mickey can use pain thinner to reveal secrets hidden behind the colors or even paint the environment when necessary. I’ve also found it useful for Mickey to throw Oswald in the air who uses his ears to fly high! Meanwhile, Oswald’s remote can power machines by shooting lightening.
When we first started the game, my daughters and I were blown away by the graphics. The colors and beautiful and they were immediately drawn to the story of the game. We decided to work together and play using one player (but the game does support two players). Before I knew it, my oldest daughter (age 7) was grabbing the remote to “help.”
Together, we successfully made it through a few levels as we try to figure out the game. Currently, we are stuck trying to make Mickey become Oswald in order to use the remote. It has been really fun to spend time with my daughter and watch her deductive reasoning skills develop as she figures out how to maneuver threw the levels.
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is available for Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Sony PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. It would make a great gift for the gamer or Disney enthusiast in your home!