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From the very second the game started and static cutscenes of a classically animated cartoon began telling a lengthy, no voice acting, story that went on and on boring the spit out of me, I admit I was put in a bad mood.
For a moment after the gameplay started I felt a little better but quickly realized this "3D" platformer had no use for 3D, the stylus use was drab and irritating at best, and the platforming - definitely the working aspect of this game - was really no different from any other except every time Mickey jumps he lets out an exclamation.
Let me repeat that for you. EVERY TIME he jumps, he yells out. Maybe only I have a problem with that, but like Mario Galaxies before, the constant yelp drives me crazy. And I'm not turning the volume down for one awful sound effect.
After finishing the first 4 stages or so, I realized I was doing the same controls and basic timing I had worked with in a different, ninja (Shinobi - recommended) game that actually used the 3D, didn't bother with the stylus because the 3D is on the top screen, and most importantly the ninja is SILENT. The platforming controls, the Ninja has an additional grappling hook, are very similar in my opinion with difficult jumps, tricky moves, and increasing difficulty to get to the out of the way places.
I like Mickey and Disney, but this game lacks everything I've always liked about their cartoons: animation, not static pictures, voices, not gibberish, and if you are going to use the stylus, make it cool...I never was one for drawing inside the lines.
One of the worst games i have palyed, i didn't even get through the first part and hated it, as much as i tried to give it a chance, it was just so gruling, the fact you can't even use the paintbrush unless you're ata specail point, it bugs me more than a little, only reason you'd play this is to try and remeber the ilusion series, which this hardly owns up to..
Unlike the series this belongs to, this game is more like Sega's "Castle of Illusion" with a few Epic Mickey Elements. Of course it feels like "Castle of Illusion" as it was designed as an homage to that series. However, the painting mechanics on the bottom screen require the right amount of lighting for accurate tracings as well as little to no movement, it probably would've been better for a home console. Either way, i do recommend it.