Oswald Reviews: Epic Mickey (Wii)

To bring a late close to gaming week, let’s review Epic Mickey.

When this game came out, it was exciting to hear that one of the main characters in the game would be Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, as Disney had never done anything with him since they got him back in 2005. I was still pretty shaky on who this “Oswald” guy was. I knew he was some old Disney character that has never been seen in years, but he never really struck a chord with me. But when I played this game, man, did things change. Oswald quickly became my favorite Disney character. Heck, my blogger name is OSWALD.

But I digress, I got Epic Mickey when it first came out. I haven’t played it since beating the game a while back. Is it still any good? Let’s see.

Story: One day, Mickey Mouse accidentally falls into a looking glass and enters Sorcerer Yen Sid’s workroom, where he is working on a place for forgotten toons to live. When the sorcerer leaves for a break, the mischievous mouse spills Thinner, an erasing liquid, all over the sorcerers work. A giant thinner blot is created, and chases Mickey back home. Years later, Mickey is dragged back into Wasteland and learns that he needs to fix the mess that he made.

The story is very creative. Not only is it a way to bring Oswald back into the mix, but a way for us to see Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow again. Not only is the story creative, but it is very heartwarming and emotional. While still being dramatic, it knows that it is still a cartoon and is silly when it needs to be. Story: A+.

Graphics: The graphics aren’t incredibly high-detailed, due to the limitations of the Wii, but the production design is very eerie. They’re really going for a dark, creepy tone for this game. Not only that, but there is so much detail that Disney history geeks would enjoy. The environment is dilapidated and torn-up, and looks like an abandoned Disneyland. The only drawback to this is that the colors can be very drab and lifeless, and not much visual interest is involved. There’s literally a mountain made of trash. Not…that…exciting.

Controls/Gameplay: The gameplay is interesting. For the majority, the game is a platform-puzzle game with occasional boss fights. There are THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of side quests. Sure, it’s an exaggeration, but there really are a lot of these side quests. Sometimes they’re really hard to do because they’re only doable during certain missions.

Because of these side missions, there’s a lot of repetitive actions. I couldn’t even count how many times I had to go to OsTown and back. It’s almost aggravating how repetitive this can get. Even some of the main missions are like this.

One really big element to the game is the fact that there is a good ending and a bad ending. The good ending is you complete all the main side quests (talk about and oxymoron) and beat all the bosses with paint instead of thinner. It really doesn’t change the whole ending, it just changes what short scenes play out in the end. It’s kind of disappointing, but I’ll take it.

A big complaint that most people have with the game is the crappy camera controls. In my opinion, the camera didn’t freak out on my THAT often, but when they did, it sucked. It’s a small setback, but it didn’t ruin the game for me.

In conclusion, Epic Mickey is a satisfying game that looks great and tells a great story. While the camera controls are annoying and the gameplay can be repetitive, it still has that charm that most Disney fans can enjoy. If you like Disney a lot, you might enjoy this. If you love Oswald like I do, you’ll certainly love seeing the lucky rabbit back in the spotlight.

Hopefully you enjoyed this review and all the other reviews this week. It was certainly fun to play all these games and watch all these shows to review, and I hope you were sparked interest in some of these games or shows. Until next time…

See you later, Animators!

Story: 8
Graphics: 8
Controls/Gameplay: 8
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Total: 8

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