Epic Mickey is creating a nice little stir. First, you’ve got probably the most iconic character of all time. Then, there’s the man behind the (virtual) mouse: Warren Spector. He’s already one of the most respected developers in the industry, and he happens to have a pretty hardcore Disney fetish. But, hey, in his line of work I’m alright with that. It’s not like he’s a lonely, Mickey-obsessed geometry teacher who spends 8 hours a day standing in front of a chalk board and creeping kids out by talking about the horrific video of his Magic Kingdom wedding to the monster from the Blue Lagoon (true story). No, Mr. Spector seems to have found a healthier outlet for his rodentiaphilia (YUP): exploring the darker, mischievous side of Mickey that seems to have been buried under the years of Hannahmania and purity rings. The game is designed around the concept of using the Wii-mote as a magic paintbrush in a world of long-lost Disney characters. Mickey’s challenge is to complete puzzles by painting in or erasing objects and characters, with significant discretion left to the player.
So how’s it looking? Pretty awesome. Disney says they will release the intro video in parts, here’s the first one.Vodpod videos no longer available.
The use of the Wii-mote is cool, and the story is 1. creative 2. genuinely Disney-esque. The real treat is how deep Spector is diving into history of the House of Mouse – and there’s a lot (after all, you’re talking about one of the great American visionaries/creative geniuses/businesses). This guy loves Disney, and he really loves games, so hopes are high that he’ll make a great one with Epic Mickey. Let’s hope it sells well, so he can get a crack at the next project on his wish list.
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