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DreamRift hopes to appeal to classic fans with Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion

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DreamRift, the developer behind Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure and Monster Tale, is paying tribute to the Sega Genesis game Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse in the upcoming Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion.

"Being huge fans ourselves of Castle of Illusion, we hope that everyone who plays our 3DS game will find some measure of what made us love the original game so much," co-founder Peter Ong told Gamasutra.

As previously announced, Power of Illusion will feature a notable dual-screen function that allows players to move their paintings from the bottom screen to the top screen, where they'll transform into fully rendered 3D visuals.

"[Disney Interactive Studios] immediately told us a couple of things," Ong said. "The first was that the quality of the game was one of their top priorities, and the second was that they knew they wanted it to be a unique standalone experience, rather than just a port of the console version of the game."

Power of Illusion uses a 2D camera and visuals along with the handheld's 3D features, a design choice that Ong said most people wouldn't expect.

"However, when you have a game that has traditional 2D visuals that are much less literal and more interpretive/artistic, combined with stereoscopic 3D, it's something strikingly different," he said. "It's something that people don't expect to pop out at you in stereoscopic 3D. You never really see that kind of thing in the real world, so it becomes a really remarkable visual mechanism."

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