New Disney Epic Mickey Zone: Mickeyjunk Mountain
While we were checking out Epic Mickey at Disneyland last week, we got to see the first portion of one of the game‘s areas — Mickeyjunk Mountain, a section of the game that hasn’t been announced yet (at least to my knowledge).
Resembling Disneyland’s Matterhorn, the mountain is largely a huge pile of licensed Mickey Mouse merchandise from the real world. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, who runs Epic Mickey’s world, the Wasteland, is Walt Disney’s forgotten creation and is jealous of Mickey’s success. Any time Mickey junk makes it into the forgotten world of Wasteland, it ends up on this mountain.
We played through the beginning portion of Mickeyjunk Mountain, and it’s kind of ridiculous how much merchandise made it into the game — most or all of which is real stuff, according to Junction Point’s Warren Spector, the master creative force behind Epic Mickey. We found Mickey books, a Mickey guitar, a Mickey phone, and all of it was huge and interactive. Mickey even jumped on the phone’s keys to punch in numbers that affected nearby elements of the level.
Disney didn’t give us any actual screens of Mickeyjunk, but rest assured it’s as toxic and dystopian as one might imagine. The whole place was flooded with caustic pools of Thinner, which damage Mickey if he falls into them, and was stuffed with hidden elements that players will have to think creatively to discover.
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