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Epic Mickey: Power Of Illusion: Taking the Mickey out of 3D

The spiritual successor to Mr Mouse's Sega Mega Drive glory days

Looking for an old Mickey Mouse game to base your new Mickey Mouse game on? It may as well be Castle Of Illusion, one of the best platformers of the 16-bit era.

Though simple, it looked and felt like an interactive Disney cartoon. Dreamrift pay homage to the Mega Drive classic with Power Of Illusion, a 3D... er, 2D... okay, 2 + 3 = 5D sidescroller that will tie in with the recently revealed Wii sequel.

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Unlike, say, the 3DS version of Rayman Origins, it won't simply be a Wii game squished down. It's a completely separate title, albeit one that finds the time to include familiar Epic Mickey characters such as Oswald the (not so) Lucky Rabbit.

The story begins with the castle's accidental arrival in the Wasteland, thanks to an uncharacteristically clumsy Yen Sid.

Unfortunately, the medieval dwelling came with a bit of excess baggage: Castle Of Illusion's evil witch, Mizrabel. In an attempt to return to the 'real' Disney world, Mizrabel has kidnapped the 'illusions' of a bunch of famous Disney characters, including Mickey's sweetheart, Minnie Mouse.

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If it all sounds a bit Kingdom Hearts, then it will sound even Kingdomier and Heartsier when we tell you that each level is based on a different Disney film. Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast are in there, naturally, but modern movies such as Tangled are set to be represented too.

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