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Epic Mickey comes clean: It's going to Disneyland!

If you’re trying to set your game in a place people are already familiar with, what better setting than one that’s been visited by over 600 million guests over the last fifty years? Yep, even though most of us looking closely at the trailers and concept art already had a good feeling, Junction Point is finally putting it out there in the open: Epic Mickey is set in Disneyland!*

*Okay, so it’s not actually Disneyland, but rather a nightmarish Bizzaro version Oswald the Lucky Rabbit has tasked himself with completing in Walt’s vision. The version you’ll find in Epic Mickey acts as a sanctuary for forgotten and/or partially completed Disney creations, yet that’s by no means limited to just animated characters.


Above: Forgotten characters board the Moonliner rocket, one of Tomorrowland's first exhibits

Many will also recognize unfinished Audio-Animatronics and dilapidated variations of rides like Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion mixed with a whole new layer of added menace. Disneyland’s already a somewhat mysterious place chock full of its own secrets, as well as an absolute marvel of design, so it’s hard to argue that it’s an almost perfect venue for a game given the right touches. Like say, a plague of paint-based horror, maybe?


Above: Somethin' wrong here?!

Honestly, even those who haven’t been to Disneyland have a rough idea of what’s contained there. However, gamers probably won’t expect many of the darker depths Epic Mickey’s version of The Happiest Place on Earth has succumbed to. Hell, Donald and Goofy only appear as cast aside animatronics with exposed skeletons and your first boss fight is with the clock tower of the "It’s a Small World" attraction! And oh, how I wish I could tell you some of the wicked joy that awaits you on the game’s version of the Matterhorn…


Above: Gremilin Village looks a lot like It's a Small World, doesn't it?

Having recently spent time with both Epic Mickey and in Disneyland, I can’t tell you how amazingly the two have synergized into one beautiful meta-package. The real-world inspiration has translated wonderfully to 3D platforming, and the attention to detail in presenting a legacy damn near a century old is all but sure to please the hell out of Disney purists. Something for gamers, something for Disney nerds. I happen to be both, so I’m pretty much out of my mind with excitement for Epic Mickey. Can’t wait to tell you more… Click here to read our latest preview

Nov 9, 2010

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17 comments

  • dcagg - November 27, 2010 1:27 a.m.

    The first time I heard about this game, I thought it was going to be horrible. But now, I'm so excited to play this game! I've never seen such an awesome game in my life!
  • Alakasam342 - November 11, 2010 7:23 p.m.

    bloop bleep bop unceuncunceunceunce this game will officially suck hardcore
  • RaptorRider - November 10, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    If they somehow manage to fit Alice into the game as well, I am going to officially lose it. Not Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Alice from the Alice Comedy films that existed even before Oswald.
  • philipshaw - November 10, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    I love to see how excited you are for this game Chris, it does look awesome
  • Cleanser247 - November 10, 2010 5:50 p.m.

    Damn! I seriously can't wait to get this game! I love going to Disneyland, and it looks like there is a LOT of references! It's also awesome that Warren Spector is working on it : D I share your excitement Chris! : )
  • YoshiAteMyBaby - November 10, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    They should just send you a review copy already. The 40/10 score would do well for generating some pre-release hype.
  • jitteryjigglypuff - November 10, 2010 6:51 a.m.

    I cannot wait for this game! SO freaking excited. Haven't been to Disney in such a long time so it'll be awesome to play the warped version of it.
  • BoltActionRevolver - November 10, 2010 6:04 a.m.

    CURSE YOU PIZZAMAN! You want to hint at my mind being blown (like its not already. That game has more mind blowing in its pinky then most do in a series) then I will use the worst insult my mind can come up with.
  • Crabhand - November 10, 2010 5:46 a.m.

    Chris, I can't say I particularly care about this game, but your enthusiasm has at least put it on my radar. Kudos.
  • Fenny12 - November 10, 2010 4:15 a.m.

    That second picture down reminds me of Fallout 3.
  • Alakasam342 - November 10, 2010 2:59 a.m.

    BUY ME BUY ME!!!!!
  • PorkoMan - November 10, 2010 1:42 a.m.

    I was already crazy psyched for this game. Now I'm salivating.
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - November 10, 2010 1:20 a.m.

    Got an updated look at the game recently and saw a new level that contains certain things that WILL BLOW MINDS! It's too cool to ruin... patience
  • Zummertime - November 10, 2010 1:17 a.m.

    The more I watch about this game the more I start getting this feeling inside, no an urge and a craving that tells me that i have to buy this game. That I have to buy it or I will miss out on something so epic and fucked up that I would hate myself for the rest of my life. And here I thought that the only good Disney games where Kingdom Hearts... lol
  • batmanboy11 - November 10, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    I want this so bad!
  • PooPSock - November 10, 2010 12:49 a.m.

    Much like Mikel and Brett, my anticipation for this game is about 90% due to your explosive titilation describing it.
  • BadWobot - November 10, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    I can't imagine Disney greenlighting a project like this in the '80s or '90s. They're really letting Specter's team flex their artistic muscles. Kudos!

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