The lights are on
Whether you love the old 2D Disney games of the 80s and 90s,
or you became a fan with Epic Mickey, Power of Illusion is aiming to please.
We got to sit down for an extended hands-on session with the
upcoming 3DS Power of Illusion game during E3, and came away impressed with the
way the game is mixing old and new design and storytelling ideas. The game is
firmly entrenched in the fiction established by Epic Mickey. The Castle of
Illusion has fallen into the Wasteland of forgotten cartoons, and Mizrabel the
Witch isn't happy about it. She's begun to capture various toons within the
castle, and Mickey Mouse must come to the rescue.
Old-school players will be immediately familiar with the
platforming style. Mickey isn't a fast moving platforming hero, but he does
have some fun tricks at his disposal. From his trademark butt stomp to a
spinning tornado-like melee attack, the character is fun to play and maneuver
through the world.
Taking advantage of the capabilities of the 3DS and tapping
into the storyline of the Epic Mickey universe, Mickey will come across
designated areas in the game world where things can be drawn in or erased. At
this point, a small diagram will appear on the bottom screen, and you have to
either draw the outline of an object (to create it) or fill it in with thinner
(to erase it). The mechanic results in some light puzzles that show up as the
As you explore the game world, you'll run into various famous
Disney characters, like Beast, Rapunzel, Peter Pan, and Uncle Scrooge. Once you
find and rescue them from the Castle of Illusion, they'll return to your
fortress and hang out in their own designated room. Between game levels, you
can return to the fortress to chat with these familiar faces, get additional quests
from them, and upgrade the rooms in which they live, resulting in some special
The sections of Power of Illusion that we played were
certainly not challenging for experienced platform gamers, but the game has
managed to do a phenomenal job of updating the classic Disney platforming
experience that many fans remember. We're looking forward to seeing how later
levels in the game grow in complexity when the game releases in November.
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It looks promising... hope it lives up to that old lineage.
I'm confused, is Mizrabel the same as maleficent from Sleeping Beauty? Beacause that's who it looked like in the trailer.
mickey sounds like Michael Jackson
sweet memories of my childhood..i played mickey on my megadrive, then on my snes...ah childhood was fun....
Nice idea, will def get this
i played the heck out of Castle of Illusion for SEGA. definitely looking forward to this.
Land of Illusion on Sega Gamegear was one of my favorites and a really good game. Hope this comes out on LIVE.
Sweet! another great game to have high hopes about.
Sounds pretty interesting. I definitely need to invest in a 3DS soon. All of these games coming out for it are making me want it more and more!
Not bad, def going to give it a try
Good idea, mixing old and new