The Opening Video for Epic Mickey

I’m a big fan of classic Disney, so Warren Spector’s Epic Mickey has been very high on my “must play” list ever since I heard about it. Now that I’ve seen the full opening cinematic and understand the story a little better, I’m even more excited.

In the game, Mickey has to save a world full of forgotten or rejected characters from throughout Disney’s history. Both the Phantom Blot and his long-lost half-brother Oswald (yes: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit!) are key characters.

I think this is may be one of the best games this year. Spector (the creator of System Shock and Deus Ex) was given a high degree of creative freedom by Disney, as well as access to their extensive archives. Spector has been mining that history to create a game environment right in Disney lore.

Since the entire gameplay is based around Mickey “painting” with his magic paintbrush, Epic Mickey will be  Wii exclusive.

Check out the opening movie on YouTube.

Gamespot also posted a lengthy interview/walkthrough with Spector from E3, and it contains a lot of gameplay footage.

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The Week at a Glance

Articles
Obituary: Charles S. Roberts, inventor of the modern wargame, dies at 80

Bicycle Rider Backs: A Closer Look

News: EA’s Medal of Honor Banned From Military Sales

Contest: WIN: Set of Bicycle Cards and Dice

Card Corner: Prizes, USPC Cards, and More

Zombies Ate My Lawn–Plants Vs. Zombies swag from PopCap.

Essay: Bioshock and the Objectivist Dystopia

Links: Friday Linkaround

Colonial Gaming Series
Nine Men’s Morris

Apps
Crayon Physics Deluxe
Money!
Epic Citadel
Mills and More
Apple iOS 4.1 and Game Center–software update and hardware news
Ninjump
Kamikaze Race

Reviews
Machinarium–PC puzzle/adventure
Money!–Eurogame, card game

Puzzle
Cell Division

PUZZLE: Cell Division

A biochemist is cultivating living cells. Each cell splits into two cells after one minute.

One minute later the two cells split to make four, then the four become eight, and so on. Every minute, the number of cells doubles.

Assume that it takes an hour for one cell to grow until a bottle is filled. If a chemist starts with two cells, how long will it take to fill the same bottle.

This version is from The Tokyo Puzzles, by Kobon Fujimura