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Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
I don't know why I bought this game. In my experience, Disney-licensed games have always been terrible. But Magical Mirror turned out to be good, clean fun, maybe because it isn't based on a movie.
Nine times outta ten. If your over 10 years old you won’t enjoy this game. But if you have kids or younger siblings. Or if you yourself are 10 or younger. This is a great game for you. For me it really brought out the kid inside. And that made it worth the buy alone.
Overall, Magical Mirror is a little on the short side especially when balanced against the steep retail price of a Nintendo GameCube game ($49.99). Nor does there seem to be much replay value, though I do believe children in the 4-6 year-old age group would enjoy showing their parents and older siblings how they are able to solve puzzles and activate the splendid animations. I would not for a moment hesitate to recommend Magical Mirror to any parent if, for no other reason, to encourage companies like Capcom and Disney to publish more games of this sort that value our children’s intelligence over their dubious ‘ability’ to possess the quickest trigger finger in the schoolyard.
If there was ever a game that deserves the “kiddy” epitaph, Magical Mirror is it. Unlike some games that simply have a graphical style that some would associate with children’s entertainment, Magical Mirror also has gameplay that is squarely aimed at youngsters. That’s not to say that adults couldn’t enjoy the game, but I suspect that the number of adults who can will be very limited. As a game for kids, especially young ones or kids with little experience playing video games, Magical Mirror is above average though.
"Plug it in! Plug it in!" If you're looking for a completely pasteurized video game experience that you can enjoy with your children, Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse makes a great rental. The game is so safe that even when Mickey does fall on some hard times, he makes a point to tell you that he's OK. But don't be suckered into buying or you'll complete the game and want to return it three hours later. For adults, the game offers little challenge and should only be considered for purchase if you enjoy building fires out of fifty-dollar bills.
La note n'a pour but que d'avertir les joueurs qu'il s'agit là d'un jeu d'aventure ultra simpliste, uniquement destiné aux tout-petits. Le challenge est inexistant, et la progression n'a pas d'autre intérêt que d'initier les plus jeunes aux jeux vidéo. De ce point de vue, Magical Mirror remplit plutôt bien son contrat, même si l'aventure est une fois de plus extrêmement courte.
At Nintendo's Space World 2001 show, where it was just beginning to unveil more GameCube software, a Disney title slipped itself into the mix on one of the demo reels. With not to go on but some shots of Mickey in a 3D environment, it was assumed to be an all-new platformer, much in the vein of Disney's Magical Quest, which appeared on Super Nintendo many years ago. However, when Nintendo finally debuted the product, Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse, at the 2002 Electronic Entertainment Expo, it proved to be quite different.
Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse for the GameCube serves as a bullet-point list of reasons why adventure games are being ignored by the general public.
Mickey’s Magical Mirror has my vote for THE
WORST GAME EVER and I’m sure anyone else who
plays it will agree with me. This even has Universal
Studios: Theme Park beat, only because of how
horrible the controls are, especially the 1992 “point
and click” type of gaming. Point and click belongs to
PCs where you’ve got a mouse, not on a controller on a
next generation console in 2002.
To put it short, Nintendo should be ashamed that they helped make this unworthy exclusive title. Wow, and you were expecting a decent game, weren't you? Too bad, Disney's Magical Mirror starring Mickey Mouse is one of the most boring games I have ever played in my entire life. I can't believe I gave that rat my $49.99. I hope those of you planning to get this title think twice, because if you don't your money will be sorely exchanged for a four-hour piece-of-crap.