Epic Mickey Review

Ed: Please welcome new guest author Jeff Heimbuch with this excellent review

When you think of video game stars, Mickey Mouse isn’t exactly one of the first to spring to mind. In fact, he might not even be on the list that is populated by Mario, Sonic, Donkey Kong, and so on. However, Warren Spector and Junction Point Studios want to change that. While the House of Mouse isn’t exactly known for its video games, Spector wanted to bring Mickey into the fold and introduce a brand new concept that would help him join the ranks of his video game colleagues.

Did they succeed?

In my mind, absolutely. Epic Mickey, while some times flawed, is a great way to bring Mickey Mouse to stardom in the world of video games. Not only that, but Spector was given the task of reintroducing the world to Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, Walt’s original creation, who has not been seen in a Walt Disney production of any kind for over 70 years.

Disney Icons come to Playdom Social City

That didn’t take long. Disney has started to spread its iconic designs into the world of Social City (http://www.facebook.com/SocialCity), one of the Facebook games that came with its recent purchase of Playdom Games. Players will now find some of their favorite Disney rides and attractions in Social City’s raffle and can add these buildings to their city. Fans can look forward to seeing some of Disney’s most beloved rides and attractions, including “The Matterhorn Bobsleds”, “Space Mountain” and the “Mad Tea Party”. Players who collect all seven Disney themed prizes from the raffle will be awarded the grand prize, “Cinderella’s Castle”.

I’ve logged onto Social City and played a bit. It’s no replacement for Disney’s Virtual Magic Kingdom (VMK). As you can see the artwork, I’ve included more below the jump, similar to VMK, which is cute. You’ll want to play for a while and get some friends playing too before actually installing any of the buildings. Game play is similar to Farmville and related games, with Playdom making money when you buy in-game cash or participate in marketing type surveys and such. YMMV. Of course, that level of sinister is exactly why Playdom was so attractive to Disney.

Epic Mickey set to change video games forever when it launches November 30th.

Disney Interactive Studios announced today that Disney Epic Mickey will be available on November 30 in North America, November 26 in the United Kingdom and November 25, 2010 in Europe. With its innovative style of gameplay using paint and thinner…

Alice in Wonderland Video Games coming soon

Disney Interactive has released some some screenshots and video trailers for its upcoming video games based on the Tim Burton film “Alice In Wonderland”. There is a Wii Version and a Nintendo DS version.

They hit stores March 6th, but you can pre-order them today on Amazon.

Youtube Trailers for both are below the jump: