Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two review

A scene is shown from "Epic Mickey 2"

A scene is shown from "Epic Mickey 2" in this video game image released by Disney. (Credit: AP)

Epic Mickey 2 returns to the Wasteland, a decrepit world based on classic Magic Kingdom attractions such as Frontierland and Adventureland. After the Wasteland is torn up by earthquakes, Mickey is summoned to help restore it and find out what caused the disaster. The Mouse is again armed with a magical brush that can shoot paint or thinner, while his buddy, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, carries a remote control that can harness electricity.

The most interesting puzzles here require using the brush to rebuild or destroy structures around the Wasteland. Unfortunately, Mickey also has to use paint and thinner to fight mobile enemies, a chore made frustrating by clunky controls, sloppy aiming and awkward camera angles.

Oswald isn't much help: When you need him to zap a monster, he's usually wandering aimlessly in the distance. Having another human control Oswald makes combat a little more tolerable, but he's usually extraneous and at times actually interferes with the task at hand. Epic Mickey 2 is the latest example of a studio forcing cooperative play on an audience that wasn't asking for it.

There were moments in Epic Mickey 2 that made us furious, which isn't the emotion we normally associate with The Happiest Place on Earth. It's enough to turn even the most mild-mannered Mickey fan into an apoplectic Donald Duck.

RATING E for Everyone

PLOT The Mouse is loose again in Wasteland

DETAILS Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $60; Wii U, $55; Wii, $50

BOTTOM LINE Builds a worse mousetrap

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