Hello everyone! We have for you this evening a review of the second of the two new Epic Mickey titles, this one being Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion, currently exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS and 3DSXL systems. This game is a platform game, rather than the 3D world-style present in the new console release of Epic Mickey.

Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion is an excellent platformer and a long-overdue return to the Illusion series, the last of which was released quite some time ago. Well, the good? This title is a fantastic platform game – the controls are perfect, mechanics are great, very fun to play and looks spectacular in both 2D and 3D modes. The bad? It is EXTREMELY short.

Visually, the game demonstrates itself as one of the best-looking non-Mario platform games on any handheld device. It looks brilliant in both 2D and 3D; textures are great, 3D is implemented well and the level and background design are a lovely sight to behold on your 3DS or 3DS XL system (we tried it on both, it looks better on the XL). Hand drawn sprites and backgrounds with a feel of almost being painted are a treat and do wonders for the title.

Many, many characters from the most popular of the Disney movies are present in the game, each with their own dedicated, well designed and hand crafted sprite. It is nice to know that so much effort was put into the visual aspects, but what isn’t nice is the shortness of the title.

In terms of gameplay – while it is excellent in its quality, it is lacking in its quantity. Playing through the game is a very fun experience and a much needed refresh to the Epic Mickey series. The platform style is a breath of fresh air, and it’s nice to see that it’s not always Mario who exclusively uses the genre to perfection. The gameplay in Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion can be described in one work: PERFECT.

As we mentioned, the game is EXTREMELY short and lacks any other features which can extend your playing time. The game can be completed in approximately 4 to 5 hours for anyone dedicated enough to play-through in one go. Only three worlds with an average of four levels in each are present in the game, each being very short.

There are some extra quests given to you by the characters you rescue, however, they don’t involve much and are clearly only time-fillers, to try to combat some of the lack of content present in the title.

Overall, Epic Mickey on 3DS looks perfect, plays perfect and sounds perfect, but does not deliver in terms of game length and value – an unfortunate downfall for an otherwise exemplary platform game.