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Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

released on November 18, 2012

Platforms: VitaPCPS3WiiWii U360
Developer: Blitz Games Studios
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
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Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two reviews

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  • 90

    G4 TV

    (platform: 360)
    Epic Mickey 2 once again pays heartfelt tribute to animation history, and does it with style and sincerity. As with the original game, anyone who loves Disney, Mickey Mouse, or just animation history in general will find something to enjoy here, and the fact that the game is a superb platformer and co-op title is icing on the cake.
  • 85

    GRYOnline.pl

    (platform: 360)
    A great game for parents that would like to have their kids play something nice, colorful and without violence or controversies. Of course - adult gamers may remain indifferent to this game, but if you're one of them and have fond memories of Disney's cartoons and you have an inner child, you could be seduced by the duo of heroes. Who wouldn't want to help save such an interesting and pleasant world?
  • 85

    EGM

    (platform: 360)
    With solid single-player and outstanding co-op play, the game will provide about 25 hours of exploration during the first playthrough. Wield the power of paint and thinner and choose your path. But remember, choices have their consequences.
  • 82

    Vandal Online

    (platform: 360)
    It's far from perfect, but it offers a great and fresh experience. If you accept it as it is it'll become and adventure worth enjoying. Absolutely recommended for those who miss the classic 3D platform games.
  • 80

    Game Revolution

    (platform: 360)
    Except for a still-finicky camera (and Oswald being an adorable pain in the ass), I really enjoyed Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. The Rainbow Caverns stage is one of the prettiest I've ever seen, the animation style for the cut-scenes is simply beautiful FMV, and the puzzles-while not terribly difficult-are fun to solve.
  • 80

    XGN

    (platform: PS3)
    For the first time Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is a playable character and he even has his own voice. The fun is to play co-op, a big innovation in comparison to the previous Mickey game. Mickey and Oswald are a perfect team.
  • 80

    Official Nintendo Magazine UK

    (platform: Wii)
    Boasting more Mickey, mileage and morals, this is a big improvement on the first game. Not getting a Wii U this Christmas? This'll fill your Wii slot in style.
  • 78

    GamingXP

    (platform: Wii)
    The Power of Two has great elements. The cutscenes are pretty and the Disney-feeling with the original voice actors is great. Sadly, Oswald is an annoying gameplay element and sometimes you can't find the next goal in the game. The Power of Two, unfortunately, isn't the great sequel we were waiting for. However it still brings some Disney fun.
  • 77

    Games Master UK

    (platform: PS3)
    Ropey controls can't stop the charm offensive of this unique cartoon platformer. [Jan 2013, p.68]
  • 75

    Machinima

    (platform: PS3)
    If Disney lore and collectible culture is your thing, Epic Mickey 2 delivers. If co-op puzzle-solving is your thing, Epic Mickey 2 delivers. If revealing the character and talents of Oswald is intriguing then Epic Mickey 2 delivers...But there are so many options, so many details, collectibles, characters to appease that progress doesn't flow efficiently, and retreading areas becomes tiresome.
  • 74

    Pelit (Finland)

    (platform: PS3)
    A visually quirky throwback to retro Disney, but under the unique surface it is a frustrating, dull and entirely mediocre platformer. [Dec 2012]
  • 73

    AusGamers

    (platform: PS3)
    This is very much a game that Warren Spector wanted to make, not the game his fans wanted him to make; the real fun comes from soaking in the contents of the man's mind, the ideas that govern the world he has created and the ways Disney memorabilia have come together into something grand, rather than from the simple experience of playing through it.
  • 73

    InsideGamer.nl

    (platform: PS3)
    It doesn't matter if you're playing Epic Mickey 2 by yourself or in split-screen, there is a lot of fun to be found in walking around the magical worlds created by Disney. It is a shame that some sloppy mistakes and the often not ideal camera kill the mood. The story is also somewhat lacking, which makes Epic Mickey 2 far less impressive than its predecessor.
  • 71

    Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux

    (platform: PS3)
    Just like its predecessor Epic Mickey 2 combines platforming and puzzles in a world divided into hubs between which you can travel by jumping into movie screens. With the brush you can repair or destroy structures, which sounds kind of goofy, but offers a ton of choices.[December 2012, p.62]
  • 71

    4Players.de

    (platform: PS3)
    I rather would have loved to experience a mellow action-adventure than this sequel that wants to surpass its predecessor in all areas – but fails to do so. Although there are a lot of interesting features and ideas, all of them just add small mistakes that add to the frustration.
  • 70

    Official Xbox Magazine UK

    (platform: 360)
    Mickey's world-shaping brush is slightly sexier than Oswald's electro-ray, but both cause Goofy an equal amount of pain, so it's hard to complain. Niche then, but nice.
  • 70

    JeuxActu

    (platform: 360)
    Despite its new cooperative gameplay, Epic Mickey 2 is not the epic sequel we were waiting for. The title developed by Junction Point studios lacks real ambition, especially regarding its technical innovations compared to the previous episode on Wii. And yet, Epic Mickey 2 offers enough hints to famous Disney productions and beautiful landscapes to satisfy players, and it will occupy them for hours thanks to its great game length and a amazing world to paint just as you like.
  • 70

    Official Xbox Magazine

    (platform: 360)
    It's one of those perfectly imperfect games you'll grow to love, even with its annoyances.
  • 70

    Gamereactor Sweden

    (platform: 360)
    Nice co-op and Disney mood, but the A.I. isn't really up to par.
  • 70

    Hyper Magazine

    (platform: PS3)
    Some great level design hampered by some poor companion AI and sometimes inadequate controls. [Jan 2013, p.70]
  • 70

    Digital Chumps

    (platform: PS3)
    Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is better than the first game, but it still needs work to perfect the gameplay mechanics that hinder it. At the end of the day, kids will love this game, but maybe not hardcore gamers.
  • 70

    ImpulseGamer

    (platform: PS3)
    In the end, Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two is not a bad game per se but it's also not a great arcade experience. The game itself feels a little too Wii-like in not just the presentation but also the way it has been programmed on the PS3. It just doesn't feel complete. Not being negative, there are still some great moments in the game and exploring the strange stages of The Wasteland is a joy. Unfortunately the frustrations of the game, especially when it comes to your AI component and the controls does become a chore in the end.
  • 70

    Xbox360Achievements

    (platform: 360)
    Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is not the leap forward that many would have hoped and, in truth, feels like it steps back into safer territory for the most part. Having a second character is also held back by the unreliability of the AI and most of the levels feel like they have been designed to look great rather than play well. Good and bad then, rather like a lot of the recent Disney output, but still worth a look.
  • 70

    Game Over Online

    (platform: PS3)
    Epic Mickey 2 leaves me feeling conflicted because it remedies the original's control issues to some degree and does something new with co-op that alternates between being very helpful and annoying, depending on how the AI is when playing solo and is hurt by distracting viewpoints when using it with another person. As a result, Epic Mickey 2 feels like only a partial step forward instead of the huge one it could have been if everything worked perfectly. It's still worth playing if you liked the first, but not something I'd recommend as a full-price buy.
  • 70

    Gamer.no

    (platform: PS3)
    Mickey is back to save The Wasteland and this time he's accompanied with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The game is filled with nostalgia, Disney magic, great voice acting and song, but is also colored by it's slow pace, tricky camera and level confusion. Still, The Power of 2 is a solid platformer, even with its frustrations.
  • 70

    Playstation Official Magazine UK

    (platform: PS3)
    Despite the odd frustration, Epic Mickey 2 is a brave platformer. It's intelligent, full of humour and, in typical Disney style, the cut-scenes are musical. Like the theme parks, environments are rich, and characters are OTT and full of enthusiasm. It's an enjoyable journey through the past century of Disney, and despite the pitfalls there are some beautifully created levels and moments of pure magic.
  • 70

    Gamereactor Denmark

    (platform: PS3)
    Gets a lot more right than wrong, and even if it doesn't quite match the brilliant atmosphere of the first game, it's still a solid platformer/action adventure with excellent production values.
  • 70

    Meristation

    (platform: PS3)
    Better with friends. That must be the motto Warren Spector and his team have used to conceive Epic Mickey 2, a new adventure that takes the original and supplies it with a cooperative mechanic that expand the same basic gameplay with two characters on-screen all the time. Visually an exercise of Nostalgia mixed with Steampunk elements, fully (very well) voiced this time, and with plenty of 2D-3D levels and sidequest missions, Epic Mickey 2 fails with the Oswald's AI and again the camera, and a story that is really longer but sometimes insubstantial in missions and narrative.
  • 68

    Multiplayer.it

    (platform: 360)
    Epic Mickey 2's new features bring plenty of content and side quest that enrich the original structure but also strengthen many flaws in the gameplay. The Disney universe, however, finds in this game one of the most powerful and charming expressions.
  • 68

    PSM3 Magazine UK

    (platform: PS3)
    Not being able to switch characters is a huge misstep. [Jan 2013, p.100]
  • 68

    Xbox World Australia

    (platform: 360)
    The thing to remember though, is that Epic Mickey 2: Power of Two doesn't quite innovate as much as you would expect a sequel to but it's still built on an incredibly stable base of the original game. For this much, anyone into an old school platformer that you would only experience last generation should definitely give this a shot, or any Disney aficionado who wants to be reminded why they love the production company so much.
  • 67

    GameTrailers

    (platform: 360)
    Despite the new additions, Epic Mickey 2 feels phoned in. The charm and novelty of the paint mechanics are starting to fade, and it lacks the ambitious decision making that helped to distinguish the original. What's left is a mediocre platformer, and all its allusions to Disney's rich history can only help it so much.
  • 65

    GamesBeat

    (platform: 360)
    While Epic Mickey is a treat to look at and provides some delight - mostly in the visual nods to older, more forgotten Disney character and environmental design - it finally falls far short of the wondrous, creative, simply magical experience it promises.
  • 65

    Everyeye.it

    (platform: 360)
    Epic Mickey 2 is a good platform but not the ideal sequel for the first chapter. Great level design returns in this second chapter, but many problems in control mechanics and AI programming ruin every piece of the structure.
  • 65

    Gamer.nl

    (platform: 360)
    The world of Epic Mickey 2 has this new kind of Mickey-charm without having forgotten about the nostalgic past and everything fits naturally in the game's world. Unfortunately it doesn't translate this sensation as successfully to a charming experience. The story starts of slowly and there is little opportunity to get to know all of the colorful characters. Epic Mickey 2's gameplay is also double edged.It's challenging and interesting in some spots, but too little is done with the different options you're given.
  • 65

    Console Monster

    (platform: 360)
    Epic Mickey 2: The Power of two is a real mixed bag. While some of the original's problems have been addressed many of the issues still remain making for a somewhat frustrating experience. The look and feel is back, as are the great characters and locations with some great new content thrown in. Unfortunately however for every step forward Epic Mickey 2 takes, it also takes a step back with issues both new and old. Add to this a flawed co-op AI system and you end up with a competent sequel if not a great one.
  • 65

    NintendoWorldReport

    (platform: Wii)
    And ultimately, that's my biggest problem with this game: Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is just so unmemorable compared to the original. The new stuff is either bland or doesn't work, and the level design is a little worse than in Epic Mickey. It is not a bad game, and is technically solid in most respects, but what could have been an incredible bookend to the Wii library is now a beacon of missed potential.
  • 60

    Eurogamer Germany

    (platform: 360)
    No matter if you're six, 26 or 66 years old: Nobody likes a solo mode that's being sabotaged by the co-op game, and everyone can appreciate tight controls and a competent camera. It's basic things that this game just doesn't seem to be able to succeed at. Which is ashame, because creatively Epic Mickey 2 is a small wonder, be it in its imaginatively designed characters, its songs or its world designs.
  • 60

    SpazioGames

    (platform: 360)
    Seeing the Warren Spector name on such a mediocre title breaks the heart. Epic Mickey 2 has a solid nucleus, one with potential, but everything crashes to the ground in the end, due to the bad A.I. and the not-so-great gameplay mechanics.
  • 60

    PSX-Sense.nl

    (platform: PS3)
    Epic Mickey 2's concept is simply brilliant, throwing together a fun Disney-themed universe, fitting music and very enjoyable gameplay elements. It's a shame that the brilliance doesn't amount to AI, clear mission objectives and general sloppiness. The game should be praised for its fantastic PlayStation Move implementation and playing the title with a friend cuts down on the frustration. In the end, though, we cannot recommend this mousy adventure.
  • 60

    MondoXbox

    (platform: 360)
    Other than for the great charisma of Disney's characters and a very good soundtrack, Epic Mickey 2 doesn't shine any more: some inscrutable puzzles and a very bad friend AI management make it a frustrating experience, unsuited both to young and grown up players.
  • 60

    GameOver.gr

    (platform: 360)
    Epic Mickey 2 feels like a rushed job, hurried to catch upon the relative fame of its predecessor. It fixes a couple problems from the past and introduces a wonderful co-op system, but falls short in many departments, both story wise and gameplay wise.
  • 60

    Playstation Official Magazine Australia

    (platform: PS3)
    Epic Mickey 2 smacks of the brilliant game designer many of us admire as Spector attempts to redefine what has defined his great games for years within the confines of a world that can't really allow it. The end result is it's a compromise that, by default, isn't able to wholeheartedly please anyone. [Christmas 2012, p.72]
  • 60

    Eurogamer Portugal

    (platform: PS3)
    The Power of Two is a disappointing and frustrating experience that fails to meet the expectations of those who thought they'd be finding an experience close to perfection.
  • 60

    Gameblog.fr

    (platform: PS3)
    This sequel clearly worked out some camera issues of the original on the Wii, and offers a nice addition with cooperative play, but lacks the production values, polish, pacing and innovations we would have hoped.
  • 60

    Digital Spy

    (platform: PS3)
    Despite the best efforts of all involved to try to avoid the pitfalls of the original, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two still is still guilty of some of the offences of old, but it's as stylish and creative a platformer as you are ever likely play. Nobody can fault the developers for their ambition, and it's abundantly clear everyone on board had love and respect for the source material. Perhaps the third time around they'll perfect the formula.
  • 60

    IGN

    (platform: PS3)
    The game still delivers on the charm and occasionally hits some truly inspired highs, but fundamental issues hold it back from ever getting within sight of its goals.
  • 60

    LEVEL (Czech Republic)

    (platform: 360)
    Sequel blazes with colors but any significant advancements since the previous game are hardly noticeable.[Christmas 2012]
  • 58

    Game Informer

    (platform: PS3)
    Attractive visuals only carry the game so far. Just when I finished one infuriating, monotonous boss fight I'd get thrown into another directionless, obtuse puzzle room.
  • 56

    PSX Extreme

    (platform: PS3)
    Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two has the right idea. It encourages youngsters to work together, that magical Disney quality is prevalent, and the overall design is actually quite good. But a shroud of poor mechanics and outdated technical elements dooms this potentially enjoyable adventure from the start. Bad AI, loose control, collision detection issues, and vague, sometimes boring objectives keep getting in the way.
  • 55

    ZTGD

    (platform: 360)
    Epic Mickey 2 is disappointing. There is no other way to put it. For a game I was genuinely excited to play, I found myself constantly forcing play sessions.
  • 55

    Play UK

    (platform: PS3)
    An engaging, if light, co-op platformer. [Issue#226, p.78]
  • 55

    ZTGameDomain

    (platform: 360)
    Epic Mickey 2 is disappointing. There is no other way to put it. For a game I was genuinely excited to play, I found myself constantly forcing play sessions.
  • 50

    Eurogamer Italy

    (platform: 360)
    Epic Mickey 2 doesn't live up to the enormous Disney's legacy and atmospheres. The game simply doesn't have enough points of interest to keep the player attracted until the end of the game.
  • 50

    Joystiq

    (platform: 360)
    The gap between concept and execution has rarely felt as wide, and the Mad Doc's redemption has only come closer by a smidge.
  • 50

    Eurogamer Spain

    (platform: PS3)
    Epic Mickey 2 is a misunderstood exercise of nostalgia that fails in every effort to be better than the first game.
  • 50

    NZGamer

    (platform: PS3)
    In Epic Mickey 2, when you finally figure out what it was you were supposed to be doing, you just want to slap your forehead, because it just feels like another pointless hurdle.
  • 50

    Nintendo Life

    (platform: Wii)
    Fans of Mickey will get some enjoyment from the better stages and adore the presentation, while others may bemoan the fairly regular blips of confusing design and messy execution.
  • 50

    Strategy Informer

    (platform: 360)
    Epic Mickey 2 is like a wonderful celebratory book of Disney lore where 80% of the pages have been torn, ripped, doodled over or spilled coffee on. On a base level there are numerous things to love, but the actual playing of the game turns that joy into hard, bitter anger.
  • 50

    VideoGamer

    (platform: 360)
    Such is the disappointment of Epic Mickey 2 that fans of the original will feel that the entire soul of the game has been ripped out and replaced with a cheerier but gormless imposter, while anyone who didn't rate it will find even less to enjoy here.
  • 50

    Edge Magazine

    (platform: PS3)
    The Power Of Two may have fewer technical issues than its predecessor, but it's a less adventurous, less courageous, and overall less interesting game. It struggles to make you care about its world, and as a result its one big idea – that of the Wasteland reacting to your choices – feels decidedly flaccid.
  • 50

    Level7.nu

    (platform: 360)
    A charming platformer with lots of references to the Disney universe. Gameplay-wise it's badly flawed though. The camera, controls and AI are below acceptable levels.
  • 50

    GamesRadar

    (platform: PS3)
    Functionally broken AI and awful navigation tools makes Epic Mickey 2 a poor experience all around, and worth avoiding for all but the most die-hard of Disney fans, and even they might feel betrayed.
  • 50

    GameSpot

    (platform: PS3)
    It's simply not worth suffering through hours of punishing game design to discover the occasional moments of nostalgic joy. Sadly, The Power of Two is another failed attempt at revitalizing Mickey's career.
  • 50

    Nintendojo

    (platform: Wii)
    If you enjoy exploring vibrant, cartoony worlds, and have a friend around to join you on your quest (not to mention have a tolerance for some vague gameplay objectives), then you'll eke some fun out of Epic Mickey 2's flawed journey. If you found any of these elements cumbersome or frustrating in the past, then this sequel won't do anything to persuade you otherwise.
  • 45

    CD-Action

    (platform: PS3)
    Boss battles are tedious and companion's AI is disastrous (which might explain why the puzzles are so basic and repetitive – that dumb rabbit probably wouldn't handle anything more elaborate). And it's not really a game for kids because on occasion it's rather difficult (partly due to abysmal jumping mechanics). Each time I put the controller aside after playing this painfully generic game, I was tired and bored. And I hated my job a little. [1/2013, p.60]
  • 40

    Telegraph

    (platform: 360)
    It loses a lot of the adult tone of the original, but it's far too frustrating and convoluted for kids (or all but the most patient of adults). It looks great, and there are some nice ideas, and a few great puzzles, but it's all let down by sloppy execution. Even the songs are miserably bland, which for a Disney title is especially disappointing.
  • 40

    Eurogamer

    (platform: 360)
    Fascinating and frustrating by turn, there's just enough to make you cling to the hope that one day the development team will actually find him. For now, I'd love the big, glossy, elephant folio art book of the Epic Mickey series, but I can probably do without the games themselves.
  • 40

    Push Square

    (platform: PS3)
    Epic Mickey 2 represents a big drop in quality over its predecessor. Given the switch from the relatively underpowered Wii, that just shouldn't be the case. Stepping away from the innovative core of the previous title has lumbered this sequel in sub-standard platform land, making it difficult for us to recommend.
  • 40

    Eurogamer Sweden

    (platform: PS3)
    It tries to improve upon the problems bogging down the first Epic Mickey game but only manages to feel like a watered-down version of itself. With most of the control and camera issues still in place, there's not much improvement except for better graphics. The story and levels feel lackluster and lacks soul, which is weird given the Disney heritage. This is not Warren Spector at his finest, for sure.
  • 40

    X360 Magazine UK

    (platform: 360)
    Poor controls. [Issue#92, p.88]
  • 40

    Games.cz

    (platform: 360)
    Epic Mickey 2 is a textbook example of a bad game made by highly experienced author like Warren Spector. Very bad level design, an incoherent storyline, technical issues, boring cooperative gameplay and a dull AI resulting in fail. The only truly positive thing about the game is its Czech localization, including the Czech voice acting on the PC version.
  • 30

    BigPond GameArena

    (platform: PS3)
    Playing through Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two was one of the most irritating and unrewarding experiences I've had the misfortune of completing in over 30 years of gaming. It should be banished to The Wasteland where other unfinished and incomplete ideas wait in limbo to be restored into a functional, more complete version.
  • 20

    Destructoid

    (platform: 360)
    It's a gormless, chafing, unquestionably horrid little waste of time. Only the hardcore Disney obsessive need look into this one, and I don't advice they look too deeply.
  • 20

    Metro GameCentral

    (platform: PS3)
    A 3D platformer so bad it brings to mind Bubsy 3D rather than Super Mario 64, in what is a considerable step down from the already mediocre original.

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