A portion of an NWR interview with Peter Ong...
NWR: Going off of that, as far as influences on the game, Castle of Illusion is a given, but did you pull anything from the previous Epic Mickey games and any of the classic Disney games from the NES/SNES/Genesis eras?
PO: I’m not sure if I’m allowed to talk about directly referencing things from the other games, but I think that people that are fans of the 16-bit and 8-bit Capcom games, like Ducktales, will be happy. I mean, Scrooge McDuck is in this game.
NWR: Let’s put it this way: he’s on the damn pogo stick when you bring him in the game.
PO: Yea, I forgot that you played that. You can sketch Scrooge into this game and he pogos around. I can neither confirm nor deny that that is directly inspired by the original 8-bit game, but in that game he also mysteriously pogos around as his primary attack.
So yea, big fans of 16-bit and 8-bit best, classic Disney platforming games. We looked at everything, I’ll tell you that.
And for Epic Mickey inspirations, I think its apparent from some things we’ve shown so far that there are direct draws. Paint and thinner are the biggest things, as they are your projectile attacks in the game and are also used for the drawing mechanic.
- hinted-at post-game section
- each level has several characters to rescue
- characters will give you quests that have you returning to previous levels
- every single level features different enemy patterns after you complete them
- one castle-themed level features a lot of cannons
- you have to paint and thin them to get around
- depending on how well you draw, the canon can last forever or disappear after a few shots
- level features a Metroid reference
- another level is based off of the streets of Agrabah
- this will feature Aladdin-specific enemies
- key mechanic in this level is swinging chain sketches
- first dodge the chains (with blades on the bottom), thenthin them out and paint them back in to use as a rope
- another level is the Cave of Wonders
- includes golden idols
- paint and thin magic carpets that take you across gaps and over enemies
- 10 sketches you can do on your own
- one sketch is a Thwomp adorned with the Pete character
- another is Goofy that kicks a soccer ball around to hurt enemies
- another is Scrooge, who hops on his pogo stick to bounce around and damage foes
- there's also a Sorcerer's Apprentice-inspired hat sketch that makes Mickey temporarily invincible