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Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion screens leaves a lot to be desired

Concept art picks up the slack

Disney has released screenshots for Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion and we'd be lying if we didn't admit they've left us feeling a little deflated.

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The House of Mouse has positioned the 3DS title as a sequel to Sega's brilliant Mega Drive platformer Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, which is an exciting prospect. Obviously it would be wrong to judge the game based on a few early screens, but we expected a little more than the dodgy sprites we're seeing here.

Fortunately Power of Illusion is in very capable hands. The title is being developed by Dreamrift, which created Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure for the DS, so we're inclined to give the studio the benefit of the doubt.

Disney has also provided a few new details on the game, describing "a special drawing and painting function that allows players to create rough versions of objects that magically transform into classic Disney-style 2D illustrations."

The mechanic will feature "unparalleled dual screen integration" which lets players "move their creations to the top screen where they are further transformed into full-colour, fully-rendered 3D visuals."

As expected Mickey will return to the Castle of Illusion, which has fallen into Wasteland, a world filled with 80 years' worth of forgotten Disney characters, attractions and video games.

"The evil witch Mizrabel, villainess from the classic Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, finds herself an unwilling inhabitant of Wasteland, and unleashes a plot to escape using the Castle of Illusion to imprison and drain the cartoon essence from currently famous Toons. Players will take on the role of Mickey Mouse as he utilises his magical brush to wield paint and thinner to confront Mizrabel and save the Toons."

Along with the screens is concept art from the game, which we'll be taking solace in for now.

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