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Sitting down with Warren Spector’s latest pet project is somewhat daunting, the original game fulfilled Spector’s passion and obsession for all things Mickey Mouse, but managed to be inaccessible to many as a video game.  Can going high definition, and toning down Spector’s insistence on authenticity make Epic Mickey 2 hit a sweet spot of gaming and Disney homage?

The original Epic Mickey was game designer Warren Spector’s way to relive his long standing obsession with Walt Disney’s anthropomorphic mouse.  Unfortunately, the Wii exclusive failed to connect with a wider audience, most likely due to Spector’s insistence on authenticity.

The game used a grainy old-style animation that even by Wii SD standards looked somewhat grubby.  Then there was the authentic non-use of voice in the game, and whilst this has a charming effect in games such as the LEGO series, in Epic Mickey people were expecting to hear more dialogue in their cartoon based experience.
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Behind these barriers however was a solid game full of intriguing and challenging puzzles based on the paint-and-thinner game mechanic and the allure of Spector’s other trademark game design; heaps of collectibles and alternative paths through levels.

Well, it seems cooler heads have prevailed at Disney and much of what made the original game good is being transferred to the sequel.  

And it seems Spector has made some concessions to his passion for authenticity in order to give fans an unique game play experience wrapped up in a more familiar mainstream skin.



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Mike Bantick

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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.