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Sega's 8-bit systems received their own version of the Genesis' Disney platformer. The story and main theme remain the same, but the game has its own unique levels and slightly different gameplay mechanics.

To save his girlfriend Minnie from the wicked witch Mizrabel, Mickey must venture into the Castle of Illusion. Crossing six levels (including a magical forest, a toy land and a candy world), he must collect the gems of the rainbow in order to confront and defeat the witch.

Each level features unique obstacles, enemies and a final boss. The enemies can be defeated by jumping on top of them. An alternative way is to pick up objects lying around (like rocks in the forest or blue balls in the toy level) and throwing them at the enemies. Mickey's ability to pick up things and carry them around also leads to some sort of puzzle-oriented gameplay. By placing objects in the right spot and jumping off of them, he can get to areas that are otherwise out of reach. In some levels, he also has to collect keys to open doors. A unique type of object is the treasure chest - by jumping on top of one or throwing it, Mickey gets access to its contents, which might include extra lives, a health power-up or coins to collect for points.

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Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse SEGA Master System Mickey entering the castle of illusion.
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse SEGA Master System The forest in this version is clearer than the Sega Genesis one.
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse Game Gear Title
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse SEGA Master System Watch out!

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Alternate Titles

  • "Mickey Mouse no Castle Illusion" -- Japanese title
  • "ミッキーマウスのキャッスルイリュージョン" -- Japanese spelling

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VideoGame SEGA Master System Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameCola.net SEGA Master System Jul, 2004 9.52 out of 10 95
1UP! SEGA Master System Mar 19, 2004 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Feb, 1991 93 out of 100 93
neXGam SEGA Master System Dec 27, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Pixel-Heroes.de Game Gear Jan, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Game Gear Dec 16, 2011 17 out of 20 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Apr, 1991 10.2 out of 12 85
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Game Gear Aug, 1991 810 out of 1000 81
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Gear Jun, 1991 31 out of 40 78

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