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‘Epic Mickey’ Woos the Gaming Masses
If you are thinking about doing some holiday shopping for your favorite Disney fan, you’ll be wise to check out the Disney Interactive’s Epic Mickey game for Wii, which was released this Tuesday.
In this innovative game, players assume the role of Mickey Mouse and are given the power to wield paint and paint thinner to dynamically change the world while determining Mickey’s path to becoming an epic hero.
First previewed in June at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the game captured more than 25 awards, including “Best Action/Adventure Game” from USAToday.com and “Best Wii Game” and “Best Action/Adventure Game” from IGN.com.
“We have poured our hearts, souls, and collective imaginations into a game that honors not only one of the most iconic characters on the planet, but Mickey Mouse’s creator–Walt Disney,” said Warren Spector, general manager and creative director, Disney Interactive Studios’ Junction Point. “Disney Epic Mickey is really about two epic journeys: an adventurous, heroic mouse and the creative genius behind him.”
Through the use of paint and paint thinner, players will have the ability to shape how the story unfolds as they discover the concept of “Playstyle Matters”—an innovative style of gameplay created by Disney Interactive Studios’ Junction Point, led by industry luminary Warren Spector, where players creatively tackle different challenges in the world to explore all the possibilities and storylines—but with consequences for their chosen actions.
Currently the game has a 78% rating on the review site www.metacritic. Critics are applauding the dark and daring tone of the game, which delivers a bold re-imagining of Walt’s famous mouse and incorporates almost a 100 years of the studio’s animation empire in one cohesive universe.
Disney Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios is Rated E for Everyone by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and is available now at an MSRP of $49.99. There is also a collector’s edition of the game which includes a five inch collectible Disney Epic Mickey figurine, a DVD with behind-the-scenes footage, a stylized Wii Remote faceplate, and a pair of Wii system skins available now at an MSRP of $69.99.