by Makena W.
As Walt Disney said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” The Walt Disney company has evolved because of what the future looks like. Video games started taking over board games and the Disney company, following the path that Walt would have chosen, has contributed to that takeover.In my opinion, Disney makes the type of video games that take some of the gloom out of rainy days. Here are reviews for some of my favorites.
Epic Mickey (Wii)
Gamer Scale: 5 out of 5
This game rises above all the other ones in my opinion. Yensid (Disney backwards) paints a land with magical paint that makes it come to life. This place is where all the forgotten ones live. Mickey becomes very curious and sneaks up on Yensid and hovers until Yensid walks away from his creation. Mickey is looking at the land Yensid created when he accidentally knocks over green ink (Think of it this way: Green ink=eraser. Blue ink=paint.) The paint becomes a monster that seeps into the world. The monster grabs Mickey and sucks him into the world he just ruined. From there on out, Mickey tries to save Wasteland (the name given to Yensid’s creation by its citizens) when he runs into his long lost brother, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Now, I remember when the cover art came out for this game and I saw Oswald. I was SOOOO excited! I have loved Oswald since I was young because of his persistent personality (plus, I think I felt bad for him,not getting any attention anymore.) I was a huge Disney fan even back then, so I knew about Oswald before the game came out. Anyway, Oswald is seeking revenge on Mickey Mouse. Mickey stole the spotlight that was supposed to be Oswald’s. They try to work as a team, but will rivalry take over? Will Wasteland be saved? Play the game to find out! I love how they incorporate the lost characters like Clarabelle and Horace Horsecollar in a modern way to get them back in the spotlight. I mean, Oswald has some merchandise now! (A stuffed Oswald is in my room!) My overall FAVORITE part of this game has to be when Mickey sees Oswald for the first time. The both do double-takes, and it is so cute! Oswald realizes who Mickey is, while Mickey has no idea who this man-er, rabbit-is. Epic Mickey also is a pretty lengthy game. I have been playing since Christmas of 2010, and I STILL haven’t finished the game. This game has so many twists and turns that you will have to have an Oswald-like persistence to solve all the mysteries and conquer all the levels. I have even had to help one of my teachers when he got stuck!! You will LOVE this game.
Disney Universe (Wii, Playstation 3, XBox 360)
Gamer Scale: 3 out of 5
Disney Universe is fairly new along with Kinect Disneyland. The story line is that Disney has created a world where you can experience your favorite Disney moments without the dangers! Robots (I suppose modeled after Audio-Animatronics) act as sidekicks and villians and pose no harm to you. Until one day when the robots start fighting back. You visit each movie title option available until you defeat the bad guys once and for all. This game is very interesting with all the different movies to pick from. Your creativity comes in when you pick what you wear while on your adventures. I think originally they want you to blend in with the movie: for example, be Alice in The Alice in Wonderland movie or Iago in Aladdin. But now you can mix and mash the movies together to become Mickey Mouse in Pirates of The Caribbean or Sulley in The Lion King. This game seems very tedious to me unless you play with a friend. Then you can battle villains together or throw each other at them (my cousin and I do that all the time!)
Disneyland Adventures (Kinect)
Gamer Scale: 4 out of 5
Ok, I realize it says DisneyLAND in the title. However, Disneyland is very close to Disney World in the park setup and ride placement so if you’re a Disney World fan, it will still work for you. The spirit of magic is still around you, and every child is happy. This game is one of those “walk-around games”, if you want to call it that. There are no “levels” but instead the characters give you little missions, like Woody told me to give Jesse an autograph book. I like games like this where there isn’t an order to anything, and its kinda like a “create-your-own” experience. Many characters are included: For example, the Beast and Captain Hook. You interact with the characters as if you were actually there. You can hug them, high five them, dance with them, take a picture with them, ask for their autograph and more. When I played this game for the first time, I would literally shriek and say “Look Mom! Look! It’s Jesse! *insert girly scream here*” Me, A 13-year old girl, doing that. The rides, on the other hand, are where I believe it is lacking. When I would approach a ride, I would be excited. And then I would start the minigame. Basically all rides work the same way-by leaning. The monotony got a little boring after a while. The exception is the Haunted Mansion. you still lean, but what makes it different is that they play the dialogue from the Haunted Mansion pre-show and the actual ride. By the way, I freaked my mom out by reciting something from a video game that I had never played before!! Also, walking was just…awkward. Imagine a zombie in front of your television. That is exactly what you look like to get your avatar to walk- one (or two, if you want to run) hand extended as if trying to grab something in front of you. That being said, reliving your Disney memories is worth all the leaning and awkward walking.
Some of you might not have a Wii or a Kinect. If you don’t some other interesting games were Club Penguin ( A DS game which is also a “walk-around” game), Kim Possible 2:Drakken’s Demise ( A Gameboy game in which you are Kim Possible trying to defeat Drakken’s army) and-specially requested by disneyfan316 in the box, Adventures of the Magic Kingdom and The Little Mermaid ( Games from the website NESForever.com. Both games require patience because they are adaptations of original video games.) I hope you will consider playing these games if you haven’t already.
Now, Where in the World was this picture taken? Just a side note: This is also the smallest hidden mickey on WDW property!
See ya REAL soon!
Makena is a 13 year old middle school student who spends much of her free time researching Disney. She enjoys sharing Disney facts and even plans Walt Disney World vacations (including searches for secrets and Hidden Mickeys) for friends and family.