Mixed or average reviews - based on 78 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 78
  2. Negative: 4 out of 78
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  1. Jan 18, 2011
    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. Games Master UK
    Dec 29, 2010
    With quality dripping like paint from a very warped canvas, this is a flawed masterpiece. [Jan 2011, p.]
  4. Dec 6, 2010
    This is not just a wonderful experience but it is the perfect homage to the rich Disney heritage.
  5. Dec 6, 2010
    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.
  6. Dec 6, 2010
    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.
  7. Dec 6, 2010
    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
    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
    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
    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. Nintendo Gamer
    Feb 6, 2011
    Clumsy design holds it back from true greatness. [Christmas 2010, p.46]
  13. Nintendo Power
    Dec 19, 2010
    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
    Quotation forthcoming.
  18. Dec 6, 2010
    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.
  19. Dec 13, 2010
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  26. 80
    Warren Spector's twisted, eerie take on Disney's most famous character is a dark delight.
  27. Dec 6, 2010
    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.
  28. Dec 6, 2010
    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.
  29. Dec 6, 2010
    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.
  30. Dec 6, 2010
    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
    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.
  32. Dec 6, 2010
    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.
  33. Dec 6, 2010
    It's astonishingly dark. Maybe too dark for kids at all. Epic Mickey is extraordinary.
  34. Dec 6, 2010
    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.
  35. Dec 6, 2010
    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.
  36. Dec 6, 2010
    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.
  37. Feb 8, 2011
    A fantastic historical / interactive / playable document and sometimes irregular, expressed in its good and bad moments.
  38. Dec 16, 2010
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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. Dec 6, 2010
    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.
  45. 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.
  46. Dec 6, 2010
    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.

Awards & Rankings

#7 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2010
#3 Most Shared Wii Game of 2010
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 132 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 132
  2. Negative: 21 out of 132
  1. Nov 30, 2010
    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 doingDid 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 30, 2010
    i am half way though the game. wow! Hard work! But it is so fun! lots of paint! green and blue! there is even a world of forgotten charachtersi am half way though the game. wow! Hard work! But it is so fun! lots of paint! green and blue! there is even a world of forgotten charachters . mickey is brave. There is even an ink monster . Full Review »
  3. Dec 3, 2010
    I don't understand why all the hardcore "gamerz" out there believe this title should have been made only for them. My kids love the game andI don't understand why all the hardcore "gamerz" out there believe this title should have been made only for them. My kids love the game and have enjoyed it tremendously. Maybe they aren't trying to be journalists and sound important on the internet for all the other nerds. I'm very happy with my children's enjoyment of this game and I trust Disney. The end. Full Review »