“Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion,” the new Disney Interactive title, brings some old school style gaming to the 3DS. “Power of Illusion” is a sequel to the classic “Castle of Illusion” on the Sega Genesis and of course the Wii hit, “Epic Mickey.” It’s been too long for some fans, so lets jump right into the review.
To start things off, we have need to talk about graphics as they are always a good place to start, and it doesn’t hurt that “Power of Illusion” does an incredible job as the graphics are amazing for a 3DS game. The graphics are a great step-up from “Epic Mickey” and “Castle Of Illusion”, and they did an extraordinary job for a platforming title. The 3D In “Power of Illusion” is incredible too. You can switch from 2D and 3D, but I like to stay with 3D, because is more enjoyable with a third-dimensional feel.
It’s a big task to play as the most beloved mouse of all time, Mickey Mouse, as you attempt to save Minnie and other Disney characters from the dastardly evil witch, Mizrabel, as she has trapped them inside her Illusory castle. To attack enemies, you can jump on-top of them and use your spin attack. When you leap onto your adversaries, it reminds me of the classic Mario titles. You can also draw and erase objects from the world around you using your stylus. You trace a drawing on the 3DS touch screen which makes the object (such as platforms) appear in the top screen. You can also remove objects by erasing them with the stylus using the touch screen. The levels of the game are very cool as they are based on Disney movies such as “Aladdin” and “Peter Pan”, and they might even have an extra surprise or two such as classic Disney villains like Jafar and Captain Hook as in-game bosses. You can see some examples of the levels and characters below.
The only complaint I have with the gameplay, and I will say it’s very minor one, is Mickey does go a little too slow for my taste. Overall, the gameplay is exactly what I would have hoped it would be.
MUSIC and SOUND EFFECTS
As you’d expect from a Disney title, the music is well done, and outside of saying that, there isn’t a great deal to say about the music. It is very enjoyable, does a good job of setting the mood of the game, and more than anything, I can say that it doesn’t get in the way.
For a 3DS title as good or better than the original “Epic Mickey”, I would highly recommend to give this game a whirl. It’s currently my favorite 3DS title.
ESRB Rating: E with Cartoon Violence
Players: 1 player
Developer: DreamRift in collaboration with Junction Point
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: 11/18/2012