There are many kinds of co-op games out there but I bet you haven't played anything quite like Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask.
Last year, I played a quirky little game called Slide Stars where you control e-celebrities as they propel through a series of waterslides. It was okay but I didn't expect a similar game to release within less than a year. Thankfully, Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask is a much better and more refined experience. I'm happy to see that both games are brought to you by the same folks which tells me that they're getting better and better at making video games. In fact, I hope they keep making waterslide games because they're quite unique.
Anyway, although you can enjoy it solo, Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask is a game that's much more fun to play cooperatively with a friend. Each stage is an elaborately laid-out series of slides and to progress, you'll have to take advantage of various mechanics such as gliding with a propeller, double-jumping, and spin-attacking. There are oodles of collectibles to find in every level that can be fetched in hidden areas, off branching paths, and even through secret portals. Therefore, there is a ton of replay value for completionists.
My favourite aspect about Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask is how well it's designed for cooperative play. Specifically, most levels feature many segments that have upper and lower paths so having each player take a different path will help you maximize the amount of collectibles that you'll acquire. Plus, if one player lags behind then they'll warp to where the lead player is which is handy at times but can be annoying on other occasions such as when you're trying to backtrack for items. Overall, it's an excellent co-op experience.
To go along with the clever level design, you're treated to lovely colourful graphics that are quite detailed. As you progress, you'll enter various environments including Tropical Trove, Volcanic Vistas, Futureland, and Forgotten Jungle and they all look great. However, one aspect about the visuals that can be frustrating is that it's not always easy to spot enemies. I wish that you could see their outlines when the foreground is obscuring them because accidentally bumping into a critter when you're going fast can be a real bummer.
Finally, it should be said that Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask isn't all that challenging of a game which makes it great to play with kids. That being said, if you enjoy a good challenge then you may find it to be a little flat in this department. Also, getting all the collectibles may be rewarding but I found the lack of clarity when it comes to unlockables to be a little confusing. For example, you can unlock new rides and outfits but I'm fairly certain that it doesn't tell you exactly how to do so anywhere. On top of that, the secret portals seem to require certain rides so the fact that unlocking them is confusing will regularly halt your progress at completely mastering stages.
I had an impressively excellent time with Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask. As a matter of fact, it handles co-op gameplay so well that I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys playing silly games with their gaming chum.
- + Fun waterslide-based gameplay with plenty of cool mechanics in place
- + Colourful graphics and great level design
- + A blast to play cooperatively with a friend
- - Generally lacks in the challenge department
- - Enemies can be difficult to spot
- - Unlockables could use more clarity