Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion Review

EMPoIDisney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS)
ESRB Rating: ENumber of Players: 1
Genre: Platformer
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Developer: DreamRift
Release Date: November 18th, 2012

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is one of the best platformers ever released on the Master System/Genesis. It’s an absolute classic and known as one of the best videogames of its era. When Power of Illusion was announced in early 2012, I got really excited. I never got around to picking it up until just recently, and I have to say it turned out to be a huge disappointment.¬† Here’s why.

The Great:

The hand drawn visuals are what drew me to the game in the first place and are by far its best feature. They gave me a thing to draw while I was bored. 2D games are extremely rare these days, and Power of Illusion looks outstanding.


The Good:

  • I honestly don’t have many positives I can associate with Power of Illusion. The platforming can be fun at times and the Disney characters are well represented. Thankfully, the game is super short as well.


The Bad:

  • The drawing mechanics kill the game from the very beginning. You have to either draw the outline of an object, or color it in full to erase it. This can be entertaining for a two-year old, but gets tedious very quickly. It wouldn’t be so bad if the game didn’t require you to do this every 30 seconds. What they should have done is made you draw actual images of classic Disney characters, but at most once or twice per level. The current system is too repetitive and unoriginal.
  • Uninspired level design. The platforming is extremely basic, and leaves a lot to be desired.
  • Unbalanced gameplay. The earlier levels are cakes, and then all of a sudden the game becomes frustrating. Some basic enemies take way too many hits to kill, and the game relies heavily on the drawing mechanic to advance.
  • Rescued Disney characters will send you on meaningless quests which consists of you pressing A to advance text.


The Lowdown:

Only if you’re a hardcore Disney fan would I ever recommend this game to you. The drawing mechanic is flawed, the levels are forgettable, there’s just nothing here that can compete with better platformers already released on the 3DS. Sadly doesn’t even come close of living up to its spiritual prequel.

Final Score: 5.0/10

3 thoughts on “Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion Review”

  1. I’ve played through a portion of Power of Illusion, and I have to pretty much agree with you. Having to stop everything you’re doing and whip out your stylus to paint or erase something gets tedious very fast. The reason I blindly pre-ordered this game was because DreamRift was developing it, and Monster Tale made awesome use of the DS’ two screens. Hope DreamRift’s next title is better, as I know it can be.

  2. Well thanks for the comment and visiting the blog. Really appreaciate it. I was a bit lucky as I just bought this recently and it was only 20$ on amazon. Really had huge expectations for this but didn’t turn out quite as good as I’d hope.

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