Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for XBox arrived in our house recently. My daughter was excited because….well, this is Mickey Mouse after all and even at eight years old, Mickey is Mickey. But really, for a family that has both an XBox and Wii you would think that we play a lot of video games, we have a few standard favorites and usually prefer games that involve activity, sports, dancing, or movement. But when it came to trying our hand at Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, we became instant fans.
Discovery Round: How to play Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
I will admit, when we first turned on the game, Principessa and I studied the manual to learn all the buttons on the controller…for a long while. A very long while. After feeling confident enough to give our paint brushes a whirl, she took the first turn. We called it a discovery round.
Image courtesy of Disney Interactive
Unsure of exactly what to do or where to go, one of the best things about Epic Mickey 2, from my educator’s perspective, is that the game forces you to make predictions, take risks, and to think flexibly. This is a game where you need to think flexibly so that when one thing does not work, you try again. And again, and again, until you succeed. Deciding whether to use the paint brush to paint, or to use it as a thinner to uncover what lies beneath is exciting, because you never know exactly what you will find.
Once you do learn how to best use your resources, mainly your paint brush, it is hard not to want to keep trying to get to the next level. My daughter divides her time between my house and my ex-husband’s house, so each night that she was not here, she asked me if I had made it any further. Collaboration and problem solving are key to playing the game and advancing as she took my observations and tips to get to the next round.
One of my daughter’s favorite parts of the game is the partnership and cooperative style of play between Mickey and his friend Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit, to restore the land of Wasteland. The idea that both Mickey and Oswald have their own strengths that can be used to save Wasteland reinforces the idea that working cooperatively and and interdependence between people is crucial to anything we do in life.
Playing Epic Mickey 2 requires creativity, flexibility, inferencing skills, and yes, a lot of trial and error and patience. We are looking forward to the next rainy day for an extended play session to uncover levels and parts of Wasteland.
This post is sponsored by Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two the video game.