Mickey Mousecapade will no doubt capture the attention of Disney fans and especially parents looking for a fun kids game this Christmas season. Made by Hudson, and produced by Capcom, this is a family-friendly action game with some basic adventure elements. While it’s true the NES is filled with spaceship shooters, barbarians, and warriors, there’s not a ton of games aimed squarely at children. Although this one might appeal to the youngest of players out there, it comes up short overall and won’t impress those who have access to better games on the system.
You control both Mickey and Minnie Mouse as you traverse through the Fun House, Ocean, Woods, Pirate Ship, and finally the Castle. A shooting star is your weapon, which can be fired at enemies, which consist mostly of attacking furniture and small animals. A life bar and plenty of health items to pick up allows you to take a fair amount of damage, and you have 5 lives to work with. A few stages have some simple puzzles to figure out, such as locating a key to advance through a locked door – and the Woods level features a maze based on the four seasons. When you locate the end of each stage there will be a quick boss battle. Each one is a villain from the Disney universe, the first two being the Witch from Snow White and the Crocodile from Peter Pan.
The way the game controls will turn off most gamers. You must handle both Mickey and Minnie at the same time – as they jump and move together. It is easy to accidentally have Minnie get trapped in between platforms – and you are unable to progress without her, causing you to go back and get her. Also, jumping over pits and water can be difficult with her, as if she’s not right behind you, she’ll fall, resulting in both of your deaths. In later stages a bird will capture her, requiring you to locate a key to rescue her. You’ll grow to loathe Minnie Mouse. The only benefit of having her is she has invincibility. If a 2-player mode were included this would vastly improve the game, and make more sense to include Minnie. As it stands it’s an unfortunate gameplay element that does nothing to enhance the game and in fact brings it down considerably.
The music in the first stage is repetitive and horrendous, but the sound improves a little in the other four stages – and rings similar to last month’s Hudson game, Adventure Island. The graphics and simple backgrounds are bland and leave little to the imagination. However, the designs on the five bosses are solid – but the boss fights themselves lack any creativity. Simply fire your stars at them and avoid their attacks and you’ll be victorious. Along with the controls, the biggest weakness this game has is its extremely short length. There are only five stages, and Stage 2 takes less than a minute to complete. The later areas have a little more challenge to them, but most gamers 12 and older should have no problem finishing this game in a day. This one might appeal to the youngest of game players, but given the expensive price of games these days, better choices exist.
Seeing the colorful artwork, Disney license, and Capcom and Hudson name on this game gave me high hopes. However, Mickey Mousecapade turned out to be a very average title with bizarre controls, lack of a 2-player mode, and short length. Because of these flaws, I would not suggest buying this game. It would seem like an okay experience for a child 9 and under, but I can see the controls frustrating them greatly. I enjoyed seeing the Disney characters and the game is certainly playable, but overall little lasting enjoyment will come from this title.
Mickey Mousecapade Review
- Graphics - 4/104/10
- Sound - 4/104/10
- Gameplay - 5/105/10
- Lasting Appeal - 3/103/10
Final Thoughts: Bad
Mickey Mousecapade is one of those games that are on the verge of delivering a good fun time, but fails to nail the landing. The inclusion of Minnie Mouse makes no sense and the game will be conquered in a day at most. Young gamers (5 to 8) might find some enjoyment here, but the controls aren’t the best and the gameplay leaves much to be desired. Go with Super Mario Bros. 2 if you can find it this holiday.