For a cut-price version of a game received with mixed-to-bad reviews on the PS3 more than six months ago, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for the PS Vita doesn't sound too enticing.
Fortunately, while as a full-price living room release it didn't inspire much love, as a cheap (currently £11.99 on the PS Vita store), pick-up and put-down adventure, Epic Mickey 2 on Vita makes a lot more sense.
As long as you're prepared to forgive some flaws, it's a pretty enjoyable, nicely produced action platformer.
The core of the game is intact from the multi-console sequel - and actually, the Wii original - without too many changes. Your task is still to take Mickey Mouse and his magic paintbrush (which can alter the scenery with constructive paint and destructive thinner) through a series of calamitous 3D and 2.5D stages, solving puzzles and jumping up and down on stuff in order to save Wasteland and bring back a sense of hope to this sad Bizarro Magic Kingdom.
This time though you have Oswald the Lucky Rabbit - essentially Uncanny Mickey - in tow, controlled by fairly ropey computer AI but with ome inventive electricity-themed powers that shine in co-op mode much more than single player. Though both of you will want to be Mickey.
Graphically it's decent, with the smaller screen sanding off some of the rough edges of the PS3 game, and the 2.5D side-scrolling sections in particular are clever and put together with some love. The animation and polish is typically excellent, and the touch of nostalgia imbued through the game is endearing.
New to the handheld version are touchscreen controls for Mickey's paint brush, which makes sense - and brings back some of the original Wii-mote focused intent of the first game. You can also use tilt controls for racing sections and play in two-person co-op via WiFi.
Ultimately, there isn't really a huge amount to get excited about here. The game has potential but doesn't have the AI, level design or true invention to deliver. And for fans of the original, it will remain a bit of a nightmare.
But for £11.99, and on a platform that needs as much affordable adventure as it can get right now, it's pretty decent value - and pretty decent fun.
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