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Mixed or average reviews - based on 78 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 78
  2. Negative: 4 out of 78
  1. Jan 18, 2011
    90
    Epic Mickey is pure magic and makes you realise what we're missing from today's society and why Walt Disney's cartoons were just so good.
  2. 90
    Disney Epic Mickey is delightful, funny, charming, highly entertaining and quite challenging game. It mostly treads familiar ground, but also has a few original ideas, and the paint/thinner mechanic gives the designers plenty of opportunities to encourage exploring. The enviroments ooze wonder and imagination, and there's always something to catch your attention and lure you off the obvious path. If you're into action platformers and adventure, don't miss out on Mickeys journey through Wasteland.
  3. Dec 29, 2010
    90
    With quality dripping like paint from a very warped canvas, this is a flawed masterpiece. [Jan 2011, p.]
  4. Dec 6, 2010
    90
    For me, the surprises, historical reverence and inspired platforming creativity make this the Wii game of the year...It's a life-affirming tribute to both forgotten characters and game genres well worth remembering, with an all new added twist. And contrary to how it looks, there's a startling amount of maturity and replayability wrapped within this family-friendly package.
  5. Dec 6, 2010
    90
    This game is a great use of the Wii's technology, and combined with Disney characters, art and music themes we know and love, this is a charming game, and it's not too cutesy for the older kids in your family - although your emo teenager will probably turn their pierced nose up at it.
  6. Dec 6, 2010
    90
    This is not just a wonderful experience but it is the perfect homage to the rich Disney heritage.
  7. Dec 6, 2010
    90
    This is a magnificent game. It is a priceless revision, almost erudite, of the Disney world, and as a platform-adventure game is one of the best in the last years.
  8. Dec 6, 2010
    89
    All in all I can only recommend the game to all core gamers on the Nintendo Wii. It's pretty amazing to see what Warren Spector and his team at Junction Point have created. The atmosphere, the story and the gameplay are pretty good, and will convince every Wii gamer.
  9. Jan 27, 2011
    88
    Epic Mickey is an animated love letter to all things Disney. It captures all of our favorite characters plis some we had forgotten about, or some we never even knew. Kids will certainly love the game, even if they need help getting past difficult parts.
  10. Dec 8, 2010
    88
    The developers have done a great job in making this universe quite epic as you attempt to colourise this dull and dark universe. Sent there by a bad scientist, it's once again up to Mickey to save the universe and the game gives the player some power in how this will be done.
  11. 88
    The story is top-notch, and while the gameplay mechanics are simplistic on the surface, there is a surprising level of depth to the game.
  12. Feb 6, 2011
    86
    Clumsy design holds it back from true greatness. [Christmas 2010, p.46]
  13. Dec 19, 2010
    85
    Bold, inventive, yet deeply reverent, Epic Mickey makes us really care about its legendary protagonist for the first time in years and stands as his greatest video game to date. [Jan 2011, p.88]
  14. 85
    Epic Mickey is a great game. Moral decisions, the paint-brush all these things are brilliant ideas. But there are serious issues with the camera. Why didn't they fix those camera problems? Anyways Disney Epic Mickey is a wonderful Wii game that must be remade for Xbox 360 and PS3.
  15. At times, it's one of the best-looking games on Wii - it swims in its own painterly style, and the Disney-grade animation lends every motion some real punch. If you look past its shortcomings as an admittedly un-epic platformer, you'll see that Epic Mickey is a deep game with explicit replay value and immense character.
  16. 85
    The biggest flaw in Epic Mickey is that it's on the Wii - without having waggle controls and limited camera control forced upon it the game would be nigh on flawless.
  17. Dec 6, 2010
    85
    Mickey's latest adventure's a mixture between graphic epicness and some strange decisions that affect the gameplay style of this Epic Mickey. It's one of the greatests games of this console, but it isn't flawless at all. If you like its cinematic style, just go and buy it. If you're looking for an incredible experience and something by the like, bear in mind you'll have to be patient. It takes it time, but in the end it's a successful experience.
  18. Dec 6, 2010
    85
    Quotation forthcoming.
  19. Dec 13, 2010
    83
    There are enough side missions to keep the main game feeling fresh, and enough darkness for Mickey to overcome, once again showcasing his badass side.
  20. Dec 6, 2010
    82
    Though it may not paint precisely by the numbers laid out by more substantial action games, Epic Mickey succeeds in crafting a deep, story-rich adventure in which choices ultimately matter. It's a shame that the minute-to-minute gameplay doesn't quite measure up to the rest of the package. Nevertheless, Epic Mickey is grand in scope, replayability, and charm.
  21. Dec 6, 2010
    82
    The last game of the most famous mouse all around the world, Mickey, is not so epic and dark as expected, but it's still an excellent, enjoyable and long platform and adventure game for Wii.
  22. Dec 12, 2010
    80
    Not the revolution we expected, Epic Mickey is still a solid, entertaining and fun platform adventure with a gorgeous take on the Disney iconography. It's a shame for the dull camera and the frequent highs and lows in the gameplay area.
  23. Dec 10, 2010
    80
    A fantastic concept, an enchanting story, a wonderful cast of characters and a setting that still fascinates no matter how many times you visit. But, the Wii's hardware is showing it's limitations at every turn, hampering everything that Warren Spector and crew set out to accomplish.
  24. Dec 10, 2010
    80
    Epic Mickey could have become the best game on the Wii, as it certainly has the tools to be so. The camera issues will annoy many of players, diminishing the game as a whole. Don't let it stop you, however, from playing what is still a great game.
  25. Dec 6, 2010
    80
    The attention to detail in the environments is superb, with little touches here and there for fans to pick up on, and the many forgotten characters are excellent. The platforming is top notch when the camera doesn't get in the way, and the paint and thinner mechanics give the game a unique hook.
  26. 80
    Warren Spector's twisted, eerie take on Disney's most famous character is a dark delight.
  27. Dec 6, 2010
    80
    The "easier" stuff – finding a camera system that works, finding a control scheme that's suitable – is flawed to the point where the larger experience becomes damaged. If story and character matter more to you than technical details, or if you and your family are Disney fans, many of these problems won't matter.
  28. Dec 6, 2010
    80
    Yet, in spite of its obvious flaws during 3D platform sections, there're still moments of genuine bliss to be had as you stumble through lovingly-recreated cartoon classics and muck around in Junction Point's wonderfully warped world.
  29. Dec 6, 2010
    80
    A legendary character and some really good ideas are mixed in this far-from-perfect experience, somehow spoiled by pace, camera and controls. Still, at times it's so inspired and funny that all the flaws just disappear. Try before you buy.
  30. Dec 6, 2010
    80
    You don't need to be a Disney fan to appreciate the high points of Epic Mickey, but it certainly helps when the going gets rough. Thankfully, the moments of sheer joy this game creates -- whether it's the umpteenth weird twist on a Disney classic or the multitude of fantastic side-scrolling levels themed after Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts -- mean there's always something worthwhile just around the corner.
  31. Dec 6, 2010
    80
    Warren and his team did it : they brought back MIckey's former videogame glory. There are still some camera issues tainting the gameplay, but the variety (with quests and choices, 2D gameplay phases, etc.), its clever mechanics, brilliant art direction, and great music make it an integral herald of the heritage of excellence of its 16bit ancestors. Its bewitching world, with its melancholy vibe, will undoubtedly charm all Disney and Animation History fans. Its a must-have for the Wii.
  32. Dec 6, 2010
    80
    Its only drawback is a somewhat unhelpful camera – a typical failing for platform games – although it seems to be at its worst in the earlier stages. Overall, though, Epic Mickey proves satisfyingly original, fun and absorbing – it's a pleasant, and at times interestingly twisted world in which to immerse yourself.
  33. Dec 6, 2010
    80
    A real surprise and a good adventure, although it's a shame the last levels aren't very inspired and there are some clear mistakes in gameplay design.
  34. Dec 6, 2010
    80
    Mickey Mouse comes to the videogames world and the result is quite good: a peculiar gameplay, a big main actor and excellent technical work all give a new life to an historic brand.
  35. Dec 6, 2010
    80
    Overall, Junction Point did a pretty good job; however, the game does have some deficiencies that hurt the overall experience, with control and camera issues being at the forefront. Regardless, this game does stand out from the holiday crowd and anyone who owns a Wii, and wants to see a different vision of the Disney universe, should definitely take a look at this game.
  36. Dec 6, 2010
    80
    It's astonishingly dark. Maybe too dark for kids at all. Epic Mickey is extraordinary.
  37. Feb 8, 2011
    79
    A fantastic historical / interactive / playable document and sometimes irregular, expressed in its good and bad moments.
  38. Dec 16, 2010
    79
    It achieves greatness through its creation of an incredible in-game world and its atmosphere, but is held back by its problematic camera and controls.
  39. Dec 8, 2010
    78
    If you are willing to put up with an incredibly frustrating camera and problematic combat in order to experience a rich world and entertaining story then give Epic Mickey a try.
  40. Jan 31, 2011
    75
    Its reach exceeds its grasp, but at least Disney Epic Mickey is reaching. Occasionally it brushes its fingertips up against something amazing that might have been.
  41. Dec 27, 2010
    75
    In the end, all but the hardcore Disney fans among us will be disappointed in what Epic Mickey brings to the table. Despite its huge concepts and lofty goals, EM functions as a barely serviceable action/adventure/platformer on a system that has two of the best in the genre already available.
  42. Dec 18, 2010
    75
    Unfortunately, not every aspect of the game works as well as it should, and even though it's an enjoyable title, Disney Epic Mickey is far from the blockbuster it could have been.
  43. Dec 6, 2010
    75
    Epic Mickey has become a good game that is perfect for younger and more casual gamers. The game will disappoint hardcore gamers because it is almost to easy to reach the end of the game.
  44. 75
    As a platformer, Disney Epic Mickey's mechanics are disappointing. It's a shame - because this really is a good game hampered by some bad gameplay systems, rather than a bad game held up by a few good ones.
  45. Dec 6, 2010
    75
    Ultimately however, Epic Mickey proves to be a challenging and engaging experience. It is loving homage to an entertainment empire that has stood the test of time.
  46. Dec 6, 2010
    75
    Epic Mickey despite its mechanical flaws and sometimes over-reliance on gaming tropes, makes me want to play through it again and see how the world would be different if I wasn't so nice.
  47. Dec 8, 2010
    74
    Disney Epic Mickey is an exercise in patience and nostalgia, dominated by bizarre mutations of familiar (and obscure) Disney properties, but polluted by a terrible camera and hollow fetch quests.
  48. 70
    Marvelous game, stunning animations, RPG motives, multiple solutions to puzzles, stylish visuals, great hero with potential to compete with iconic Mario – all buried six feet under because of crappy camera and controls. [Issue#199]
  49. Jan 5, 2011
    70
    It's unfortunate that Epic Mickey has such a nasty barrage of poor gameplay design choices as the story is absolutely top notch.
  50. Dec 23, 2010
    70
    Epic Mickey may not always be entirely satisfying to play, but it's still enormously interesting to wander around with an eye open for the detailing. [Jan 2011, p.92]
  51. Dec 8, 2010
    70
    If not for the clumsy camera it would be a timeless classic, but with the camera Epic Mickey can be dated at approximately 1997.
  52. Dec 6, 2010
    70
    While Epic Mickey struggles with a few camera problems, it's a great and kind of unique platformer. The mood is great, mixing both nostalgic disney with a little darker steampunk elements to create an interesting world with a truly good soundtrack and enviorments. You are also able to alter the story in the game in a way rarely seen in games like this.
  53. Dec 6, 2010
    70
    Epic Mickey goes out of its way to show gamers Walt Disney's body of work, but rarely fires on a level that turns this beloved content into exciting gameplay.
  54. Dec 6, 2010
    70
    Epic Mickey falls short of brilliance, but because it stands on such a strong concept, it doesn't always need brilliance to remain compelling.
  55. Dec 6, 2010
    67
    It's still arguably an above-average 3D platformer, even considering the flawed platforming fundamentals. The style, story, core gameplay concepts and attention to Disney history go a long way toward redemption. It's just so damn disappointing because a few short months ago, it looked like it would be so... epic.
  56. Jan 2, 2011
    65
    Disney Epic Mickey is a good game that ultimately didn't live up to its potential, but that doesn't mean it's not worth playing. It gets increasingly more fun, especially towards the end, and it's sad to think that some players may not make it this far due to early frustrations.
  57. 65
    Epic Mickey is a game that falls short in the part that counts: the gameplay.
  58. Dec 12, 2010
    65
    Epic Mickey could have been a much better game than it ended up. If you're a Disney fan, I'd highly recommend picking it up: if not, you can pass this one up without too much fret.
  59. Dec 8, 2010
    65
    Epic Mickey comes together as a decent, if not heavily flawed platformer.
  60. Dec 6, 2010
    65
    A wonderful love letter to Disney art and memorabilia, but a disappointing gameplay debut from Junction Point, set back by unpolished and unrefined design.
  61. Dec 18, 2010
    60
    The platforming, while serviceable enough on its own, is made needlessly annoying with a horrendous excuse of a camera. But if you manage to get it working long enough, you'll be treated to some of Disney's finest, from the animated shorts of the early twentieth century to the nightmarish visions of a world that is normally reserved for cherished childhood memories.
  62. Dec 18, 2010
    60
    Epic Mickey is the most disappointing kind of game: a high-concept affair that does so much right, it's crushing that the one thing is does most wrongly is not be fun to play. This will be a frustrating game for core and casual gamers alike, but mostly for casual gamers who, attracted by the story and presentation, will be put off by the dated and difficult play.
  63. Dec 13, 2010
    60
    Disney Epic Mickey is undeniably the disappointment of the year for us. It was a concept that promised so much when it emerged last year but has ultimately ended up falling far short of the mark. What's more troubling than all of this, though, is that it feels like a game that's been held back from reaching its full potential; you do get the sense that it's perhaps not Junction Point's lack of talent but its lack of creative license that's led to these disappointments.
  64. Dec 13, 2010
    60
    Even though I cursed and swore my way through the bulk of the game, the characters and the story moved me in a way that very few games do. But, epic disappointment or epic tale, it definitely earns its name.
  65. Dec 6, 2010
    60
    For all its big ideas, Disney Epic Mickey never quite weaves its disparate strands into a convincing whole. Its conceptual ambition is let down by merely adequate mechanics, and Mickey himself remains a rather abstract figure at the centre of it all.
  66. Dec 6, 2010
    60
    The Mickey Mouse's return finally isn't as epic as we could expect, but the Wii got close to having a great game.
  67. Dec 6, 2010
    60
    Tedium and monotony overwhelm Mickey's new adventure, smothering its clever use of the Disney license.
  68. Jan 11, 2011
    50
    It's lovely and beautiful, and the attention to detail is wonderul. Sadly the game is wrecked by the terrible camera that will ruin some of it's finest moments.
  69. Jan 4, 2011
    50
    To have this checklist of all the genre's flaws step up in place of the ambitious and promising title we were promised is wildly disappointing. [Issue#104, p.106]
  70. Jan 1, 2011
    50
    This game has so much going for it, but the crippling problems make it hard to recommend as more than a rental.
  71. Dec 13, 2010
    50
    Epic Mickey was supposed to prove that in the right hands, even an established character and dull-as-dishwater brand could be exciting and different. Instead, what we get is a really amazing concept and cool story wrapped around a stinker of a game.
  72. Dec 8, 2010
    50
    Sadly, the execution simply falls well short in this case.
  73. 50
    A bad idea poorly realised, with some below par 3D platforming married to mismatched graphics and a vague and unsatisfying morality system.
  74. Dec 10, 2010
    46
    In short, the game is a complete turd that wastes the idea of its central mechanic and couples this with platforming gameplay that would have been woefully underwhelming a decade ago. Nothing else is anything to write home about, from the characters to the story to the sound design.
  75. Dec 13, 2010
    42
    Epic Mickey is a solid product that suffers from a hodgepodge of shortcomings and misguided philosophies.
  76. Dec 8, 2010
    42
    With such a strong creative vision and almost unlimited access to Disney's archives, not to mention Mr. Spector's innovative and undeniable talent, it's an utter disappointment that the game has reached the public as an unpolished, uninspired effort riddled with slapdash technical qualities, dated gameplay concepts, and a surprising lack of direction.
  77. Dec 13, 2010
    40
    Nevermind these heightened expectations, though: even on its own merits, Epic Mickey is a platformer that feels about a generation behind, though one with just enough flashes of inspiration to keep you constantly aware of its wasted potential.
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 115 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 50
  2. Negative: 7 out of 50
  1. Nov 30, 2010
    9
    Did this title live up to the hype? No. Let's get that out of the way. Epic Mickey, however, succeeds on many levels. It succeeds in doing what many dragged out franchises have failed to do. Make you care about the characters. While I realize that Disney isn't exactly the Video game exclusive, the creators of Epic Mickey have succeeded in telling a fairly original story that helps younger generations familiarize themselves with the origin and history of Disney and the many forgotten characters from the golden era of cartoons.

    While the story delivers, the game play is where Epic Mickey loses 1 point from a perfect 10. As noted is many reviews, the camera may pose a problem to some players. I was readily spamming the "C" button to avoid such camera chaos, so the camera was forgivable. A somewhat clunky aiming system is also a minor setback in the game. Neither of these small problems, in my opinion, warrant the harsh criticisms many of the reviewers have had on this title.

    I feel that Epic Mickey succeeds in visuals and audio as well. A well balanced (although somewhat repetitive) soundtrack tags along on the wonderful journey in Epic Mickey. The only gripe about the audio is the fact that there is no spoken dialogue - just subtitles and cartoon gibberish. The visuals, though dated and to be expected on the Wii, work very well for the obvious cartoon styled graphics. The framerate suffers at times, and the character models suffer from some pretty rough "jaggies", even running the Wii through component cables.

    I don't normally write reviews, but I had been looking forward to this game since it was announced, and have gladly come to say that this title has brought my Wii back to life for the time being - and I urge people not to latch onto seemingly mindless critics harping on very minor issues.

    Epic Mickey is a blast. Sure it could've been more, but I feel this game succeeds on all of the right levels. Will the 6-12 yr old demographic enjoy it? I think they will, even if they don't understand the context of many of the characters (the game does a superb job of simplifying the origins of the "forgotten characters"). The game play is solid and interesting enough to warrant a purchase from parents for their kids. I do think that this game will be most enjoyed die hard disney fans, since this game pays tribute to classic Disney more than it does current Disney brands.

    Some will moan and complain that the lack of familiarity with characters will cause people to lose interest. I don't think it will.

    Check it out.
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  2. Dec 1, 2010
    6
    The ideas at play in Epic Mickey are extremely intriguing and attractive, however, the execution is sub-par for a game this generation. The controls and camera are sluggish and take the joy out of the platforming. Generic enemy and level design also plague this title. This game was highly anticipated and I can't feel slightly disappointed by the finished product. This is a missed opportunity by Junction Point and Disney to make a really exciting product that can both introduce Mickey Mouse to a new generation and provide a quality licensed title. Epic Mickey is enjoyable at times, but getting through the tedious segments of the game is incredibly taxing. Full Review »
  3. Dec 2, 2010
    0
    Epic Mickey was a complete disappointment.

    The world is drab. It has no character. The Npc's you run into have boring dialogue, and
    everyone shares the same personalities. It's not even up to the standards of today's Mickey (Clubhouse Mickey). To try to say this is honoring the Mickey of days past is insulting to my memories of Mickey.

    As for the game play. While the paint/thinner concept was interesting, the application fell flat on it's face. It is limited in function, a few spots on the walls, a few objects, but mostly limited to quest specific obstacles and puzzles. As one of the key features of the game that they have been hyping for the past year, I was expecting it to have a much wider role in the game.

    The camera was unforgivable. Not only was there noticeable lag in the control of the camera, the controls were clunky, and it didn't always remain with Mickey. To add to the difficulty, If you destroy a bridge with thinner while doing something else, you will occasionally have difficulty in crossing, as the camera, and line of sight of the brush, will not allow you to paint the far side of the bridge, without some clever control gymnastics.

    The text used was horrible. Even standing next to the television the text was difficult to make out, and gave me a headache after the first half hour of game play.

    It is rated E for everyone, but if your child can't read, there is little to no guidance as to what you need to do, so you will need to be on had to read things for them, and since the npc's will not always wait for confirmation before going on you will need to be on your toes.

    Normally I wouldn't include the manual in a review, but this one is pathetically small. 3-4 pages, that don't really give much information, not even mentioning that the game auto saves, or how to tell when it does. (I think it is the Mickey icon that pops up in the top left corner, but I could be wrong.)
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