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Enjoyable but flawed
on December 27, 2012
This is an enjoyable game, especially (as with the original game) for Disney fans who can recognize scenes from classic cartoons, and/or sites from the theme parks; and if you know to expect (and how to work around) the flaws in the game's design and implementation.
The addition of Oswald, who can be controlled by either the computer or a second player, is a great idea. However, it is sometimes frustrating to get the AI to make Oswald do what you want him to do; and because his abilities are more limited than Mickey's, he might not be as much fun for a second player to control. Ideally, you'd want a second player available to control him only in certain specific situations. The "musical" aspect of this game is fun and unique, but I felt it was a bit limited since only one character ever sings.
The game play is generally straightforward. However, there are a few times when it's not at all clear what you should do to proceed; and then there are other times when the game tells you repeatedly what you need to do, even though it's pretty obvious. And because several areas are often strung together for the main story line, going to (and coming back from) a specific area for a side quest is often cumbersome, even when using the direct projector in the movie theater. I also encountered several glitches, such as Mickey falling through the floor into a completely black purgatory, or the game "losing" items and making it impossible to complete a challenge. Fortunately, restarting or completely leaving the area restored the original configuration.
There are a handful of types of enemies, and only a few bosses, and it's not too difficult to beat most of them in either of two possible ways, especially with judicious use of the various items you pick up along the way. However, it's sometimes unclear which is the preferred technique, or if there even is an alternative.
Which brings us to the biggest issue: even more than the original game, there are often two alternative paths or choices to complete a challenge or quest. Making one choice may not only prevent you from seeing its alternative, but it might also permanently block you from completing a different quest later on. Now, because this is a relatively short game to complete, I believe the best strategy is to plan to play through the game twice. First, thin out everything you can; and once you start solving a particular challenge or quest one way, keep doing it that same way. After you defeat the final boss, start over again, but this time paint everything you can, consistently choose the alternative solution or path that you didn't try the first time, and complete as many side quests as possible along the way. This technique should let you see most of the game's scenes. Even so, if you are obsessed with completing all of the possible side quests, you'll probably need to go through the game a third (or fourth) time while consulting some on-line guides, because one "wrong" decision may forever doom your effort; and once you pass certain points (like defeating the final boss), some quests inexplicably become unavailable.
But, overall, this game contains a good combination of challenges of both dexterity and problem-solving, and fans of the original game will probably also enjoy this sequel.