Powers and Abilities
Mickey has an enchanted paintbrush that serves as his main and only weapon. He also has paint and thinner abilities. In fact the whole game revolves around the idea of paint and thinner, because the whole essence of the cartoon world is that everything is made out of Paint. If an enemy gets too close to Mickey, he may also attempt to sweep the enemy away with his brush. The animation pays tribute to rubber-like quality that all Disney shorts had in their early days. Mickey can also preform the video-game standard double jump. Mickey might also be able to push certain enemies into large, erased parts of platforms.
The young, mischievous Mickey Mouse was visiting Yen Sid when he stumbled upon the model of the Cartoon Wasteland, a world for Yen Sid's forgotten creations, whose king was none other than Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Once discovering the new land, or even realizing it was a world, Mickey attempts to create a model of himself with the paint. Not knowing that the brush was magic, he continued adding Paint, thus, creating the vile Phantom Blot. Before Yen Sid could return, Mickey covered up his mistake and fled, not knowing that he had caused great devastation in the Wasteland. The Blot was furious and confused, and began to rampage through the Wasteland. As Oswald and The Phantom Blot engaged in the Blot Wars for the fate of the Wasteland, Mickey Mouse went on to become a cartoon star, ignorant to what he had done.
Years later, after completely forgetting his previous mistake, Mickey was sucked up into his mirror and through into the now demented Cartoon Wasteland by the Phantom Blot. There the Phantom Blot is in charge, and Oswald wants to take revenge on his successful half-brother. Facing paint-like enemies, mechanical recreations of his best friends, and a resentful brother, Mickey needs to win Oswald back and save the forgotten land.
He begins a story of epic redemption...
When Epic Mickey was in its prototype stage, Mickey was said to change in appearance based on what his choices were. Using paint to defeat enemies, rebuild buildings and other objects, as well as making good choices would've given Mickey a bold appearance, with golden gloves and shoes. Using Thinner to erase people and pre-created objects, as well as making evil choices, would give Mickey a hunched-over and thin appearance, his eyes and face twisted into an evil smile, and inhabitants views of him turned negative. Or, not being either good or evil would've kept his original appearance intact. Eventually, this system was scrapped in favor of his typical appearance, the only thing affected by his choices (Save for the missions he plays) are the characters who guide him, the Guardians. The more Paint Mickey uses, Tints would be attracted. The more Thinner Mickey uses, Turps would be attracted.
Also along with the useage of Paint and Thinner the NPCs will react differently to how you work in the game. If you use paint the NPCs in every area will walk happily from their places and even dance in place sometimes. Using Thinner makes the NPCs walk gloomly, some with hunched backs, and will sigh from time to time. Shop owners will also give you an evil look every time you go to shop while using thinner, use paint and they will greet you with a joyful expression. NPCs you talk to that are story related will act differently as well. Example being Horace Horsecollar, who will hold his hat, have ears erect, and move his hands around gleefully if you use paint. If using thinner, his ears will droop, he'll hang his head, and he will flip his hat in a sorrowful manner.
Another example of Story NPC intereaction is Gremlin Gus, as in how he reacts after you defeat the boss. If you beat a boss with paint, he'll tell you the usual explanation of paint expansion and he'll jump and fly away as usual. Defeat a boss with thinner and he'll tell you about the expansion of thinner and then sigh heavily, float slowly a few feet away, then fly away.
- Throughout the game Mickey is right-handed. But in the introduction Mickey is seen painting with his left-hand.