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Disney Epic Mickey game review

When I first saw Disney Epic Mickey at E3, I thought, “What a beautiful, ingenious game.” Now that I’ve played it, I can still say it’s beautiful and ingenious.

Disney for Wii

Gameplay: 7.0
Graphics: 8.0
Sound: 8.0
Replay Value: 7.0
Overall Score: 8.0
Official Web Site
Pros: Wondrous re-imagining of Mickey; brain-busting puzzles; detailed graphics
Cons: Dizzying camera angles; gameplay can feel repetitive; graphics sometimes have jaggies

But, sadly, it also has gameplay issues.

First, here’s the good stuff: You’ve never seen Mickey like this, frightened but so heroic. During the opening movie, some strange, scary things begin to happen. By the end of it, Mickey is pulled through his mirror by a monster. The offending evil being is known as the Shadow Blot, and he has the upper hand.

Mickey is stuck in Wasteland, a creepy but cool place where everything has gone terribly wrong—and it’s kind of Mickey’s fault. Wasteland is wonderful to explore, inspired by old Disney cartoons, classic rides and amusement parks.


It’s no small task, but your job is to restore Wasteland to its beautiful former self. In doing so, you’ll defeat the Shadow Blot as you solve the puzzles and meet the motley and varied characters that originally sprang from the minds of Walt Disney and his team of animators.

One of these characters is Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey’s brother. As the story goes, Walt Disney created Oswald before Mickey. But he lost the rights to make Oswald cartoons. So he created the mouse. If Oswald had gotten a green light, there would probably be no Mickey!

In the game, Oswald ruled over Wasteland before Shadow Blot took over. But now Oswald is mad at Mickey for unknowingly making Wasteland into a place run by the nasty Blot.

Will Mickey reunite with Oswald by the end of the game? Will they become friends again? That’s up to you, gamer.


Epic Mickey features some gameplay you’ve seen before, like spin moves and double jumps. But what’s amazing is the ability to use paint to create things and paint thinner to destroy things. Use paint to add roads or bridges. Use thinner to get rid of floors or piles of boulders blocking your path. You can even use them on your enemies to make them your friends. Once an enemy is your pal, he’ll fight against his former brothers for you.

All that is really top-notch stuff. Add a soundtrack with sweet violins full of sweeping moods and you’ll feel like you’re in a Disney movie that you control. Mix in weird bosses like the sneering Clocktower, and you’ll think you’re a hero after beating him.

Plus, at the end of each level, you get a surprise: a short extra that works like a 2-D platformer game. The extras are based on cartoons of yore, like Mickey and the Beanstalk.


As interesting as Epic Mickey sounds, this review comes with a serious warning.

What hurts the game are really bad camera angles. Not only do they make you feel lost and disoriented in Wasteland, they can make you feel dizzy (like you want to hurl).

The camera angles are the real enemies in Epic Mickey. There’s just no excuse for such an expensive-to-make project to have these issues. It’s the difference between a score of 8.0 and a perfect 10.

So to prevent getting dizzy, I recommend that you don’t play more than 30 minutes at a time.


If you play safely that way, you’ll probably enjoy the riches that Epic Mickey has to offer. And you’ll find your way past annoying enemies, like the long-eared Bunny Children. They swarm around you, pick you up and toss you in a Thinner pool (which drains your health). Also, watch out for the very powerful and very round purple Slobber. He sucks you in with his breath and spits Thinner at you. Gross.

Finally, look for Film Reel icons along the way. Trade them in at Mean Street’s Cinema for everything from power ups to cartoons.

There’s much here to enjoy in Epic Mickey. It’s really a shame about those dang camera angles.

67 Comments on Disney Epic Mickey game review

  1. MDofficial // May 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm // Reply

    I like this game, but there are some points where you can get REALLY stuck in a level.

  2. The stretching room in lonesome manor is SO HARD

  3. Best Wii game EVER!!!!!!

  4. iv never played it, but it sure looks cool

    • its eactly as the title says,EPIC!!!!!!! if only i could get past the stoopid elevator inthe “SPACE VOYAGE” level 8P

  5. Fan of Super Mario Bros. 3 // April 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm // Reply

    This is true about the angles. I have the game and the angles are so annoying! I wish that they would have fixed this problem before the game was released.

  6. I beat the game 3 times and am personally a MASTER on Epic Mickey. I have all the pins and extras! 🙂 I f anybody needs help just reply and I’ll answer you.

  7. mariomaster // April 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm // Reply

    Anyone need help on bosses or levels? I beat the game 3 times and am on my 4th playthrough. Just tell me the level and the problem.

  8. It’s Kind of Boreing

  9. starfall1234567890 // March 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm // Reply

    help me in tomorrow city!!!!!!!!

    • If you are having trouble with Blobs that inhale you just put paint/thinner in his throat when he opens his mouth. If it isn’t the right answer tell me…

  10. THIS GAME IS EPIC!!!! I especially love the 2D Film levels, Fantasia 1 being the best! I heard there’s an Epic Mickey 2 coming out, and I hope you can play as Oswald!

    Petetronic pretty cool!

  11. I love it!

  12. ***** out of *****

  13. how do u defeat the ROBOT PIRATES

  14. I have this game and it is awesome! I used to be stuck on Asia Boat Ride but after my older cousin helped me beat the ClockTower, I am now on Mean Street. THIS GAME ROX!

  15. i love epic micky

  16. looks cool but I dont even have a wii

  17. Any help needed on the boss battles? Just reply!

  18. EPIC MICKEY is mostly easy , but dang the final battle is epic if you fight them off but you will lose. I say use paint and befriend 3 sweepers to fight the slobber and there army of sweepers.While you destroy the bloticles.

  19. its boring

  20. played for 4 hours straight 1 game plus animal crossing

  21. I LOVE Epic Mickey I just need help on the part with the levers

  22. I finished it.

  23. TheSecondClass // January 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm // Reply

    Great game. It’s hard finding flowers for the bouquet though.

  24. best game ever!!

  25. If you have any questions about this game please ask me.

  26. Lightnig l-drago // December 31, 2010 at 1:54 pm // Reply


    • don’t pay the guy that need 100 disney land tickets. You can DIY. Climb up the spinning gears once the whirlpool is fixed, and let down the two levers. A giant dragon comes out of the thinner. Climb along it’s back, let down two more levels and it raises the fire bridge.

      • yo_Trudeezy // April 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm //

        Exactly, best idea ever
        well it is actually implied but still good research

  27. this game is crazy! our family just sits around and plays forever.
    I totally get about the camera angles. That was really frustrating. However, you dont get dizzy and sick after playing for 30 minutes because I played for 8hrs straight.

  28. i cant get past the slobber!! ):

    • i just got it, and the slobber is hard, i agree! but here’s a tip if your still stuck on it: get to a far distance and use thinner, not paint. i had to be very patient. i never died, but it took a while, like 15 minutes. i have a question though: i am stuck in ventureland trying to find 3 flowers for a person in centureland. they are at ostown. i need help!

      • Go to the closest house in ostown, talk to the person there and then thin the garden and two walls and then go straight to her. I also need help in lonesome manor where the robot mackine is. HELP! 🙁

      • i thank its a goood game to play

      • I failed that quest. I gave ice cream from the Mean street Ice Cream Shop and lost a quest. Not after trying to look for those elusive flowers though.

      • The first one is under the garden next to the red house. The second one is behind a toon wall next to the pink and purple house. The third one is behind a wall on the patch of land between the brouwn building and the thinner pool.

    • I have the guide to this game, and it says that you have to spray paint or thinner when the slober tries to inhale you(ONLY when it tries to inhale you. Any other times and it won’t work).

  29. Awesome game i have it.

  30. You are right about the camera thing but it is really cool after that stuff.:)

    • yo_Trudeezy // April 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm // Reply

      I agree dude that is what i was thinking i shouted out “that’s what i was thinking ” when i saw that in the review other than that Awsome Game.

  31. Epic mickey: good graphics,levels, but they should put minigames in there.

  32. I really want to love this game but i agree. It is very hard to play for more than 30 minutes without feeling completely dizzy and sick.

  33. EPIC MICKEY is awsome it sucks you in to the game and you become crazy

  34. epic mickey is really epic

  35. that game is alllright,OArep62.

  36. RILEYTOOT-TOOT MAN // December 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm // Reply

    This game is EPIC!!!

  37. i am so epic.

  38. is it a good game

  39. epic mickey is so epic

  40. Thanks for the reveiw on the game, i really want to get this game so a personal opinion helps.

  41. Mickey is fun

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