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Tagsearly elementary, tween, video games
Are you looking for a game to play with your kids that you both can enjoy? We recently played Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, and have to say that it is shaping up to be a great game that is not only serious enough for adults to enjoy, but also one that kids will find immensely entertaining.
The good news is that the game will be available on most platforms (rather than a Wii exclusive property like the first): Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. The even better news is that this sequel will be completely voice acted, with no less than Megatron aka Frank Welker as Oswald. I’ve saved the best news for last — the game is two player co-op. You heard me right, you and your little gamer take the reigns as Mickey and his predecessor, Oswald, to once again defeat the Mad Doctor. The Lucky Rabbit is a full-fledged character with his own “weapon,” the electricity-charged remote from the first game, and special abilities such as flying with his ears and using his foot as a boomerang (both of these actually come from the original cartoons). There also nice co-op combos for the two anthropomorphic heroes, emphasizing Power of Two’s teamwork theme. The game itself looks beautiful with a much-improved in-game camera. There are even “retro” side scrolling levels similar to those in the first game. Disney fanatics are going to love the built-in pin collection, but the feature that really intrigued us is that the player now faces consequences for their actions/choices in the game.
You gotta give credit to Disney for not only bringing the long-eared, silent film star home (by trading sportscaster Al Michaels), but trying to restore the celebrity the once-beloved children’s cartoon character had via new technology (new for Oswald anyway). I also give the company props for delving into the Mouse’s darker side; his serious/mischievous nature in both the games is another throwback to Walt’s silent animation.
We try to stay away from more mainstream products here at Nerdy With Children, but Epic Mickey 2 really delves into Disney’s past on a level that is beyond the regular theme park fare.
Check out this video of 9-minute gameplay footage.