Review: Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

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Image: Copyright Disney Interactive
Mickey, Oswald and Gremlin Image: Copyright Disney Interactive

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, takes our heroes, Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, to the Wasteland, a place created by the Sorcerer Yen Sid as a place for the forgotten Disney toons to live within. Last time Mickey had to save Wasteland by himself. This time around, he is joined by Oswald and, together, they will fight to save the Wasteland and its many citizens.

There are a couple of really neat things about this game that separates it from all other games. First, this will be the first time in history you will hear Oswald’s voice. The second is that this game can be described as “musical,” because at various points throughout the game the characters will express themselves and advance the plot by breaking out into song. Lastly, players are challenged in new ways to tackle new obstacles in order to explore all possibilities and storylines.

My favorite part of the game is that some of the later bosses are a lot more challenging than in the original Epic Mickey. As you play the game, the decisions you make affect the world and the other characters within it. There’s no going back and undoing what you’ve done and you must face the consequences (good and bad) of your actions.

Image courtesy of Disney Interactive
The art of this game is, in one word, amazing! Image courtesy of Disney Interactive

I also enjoyed the mini-missions and puzzles. Some of them were a lot of fun to figure out and complete. It was a nice break from just regular game play.

One of the tings I don’t like about the game is if you are playing by yourself, you can’t switch to play as Oswald. And unlike the original when you beat the game, you could go back and re-play without losing anything. My son and I enjoy the ability to explore and wander through the worlds in Epic Mickey once we finished the game. In Epic Mickey 2, once you win the game, if you go back and try to replay you lose all your saved data and have to start from scratch.

Here are a couple of tips my family has come up with to help you through the game:

  • Practice patience when playing.
  • Observe everything and everyone around you.
  • Don’t take anything for granted. If something doesn’t look important, don’t just assume it isn’t.
  • The game is not the same on every system, so you can expect some changes in game play.

The game is rated E for Everyone, but that doesn’t mean easy for everyone. My seven-year old son loved watching Daddy play it, but when it came time for him to try it out, he had a little bit of a hard time with completing some of the challenges. Working alongside Daddy he still had fun and was able to play along.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is available at select retailers and Amazon and is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, and PC/MAC. The soundtrack is available on iTunes, Amazon, and other select retailers.

In exchange for my time and efforts in reporting my opinion within this blog, I received a free review sample. Even though I receive this benefit, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

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