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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.


Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse SEGA Master System Mickey entering the castle of illusion.
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse SEGA Master System Mickey smiles while he walks.
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 Game Over

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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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Critic Reviews SEGA Master System Jul, 2004 9.52 out of 10 95
1UP! SEGA Master System Mar 19, 2004 93 out of 100 93
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 34 out of 40 85 SEGA Master System Mar 04, 2011 17 out of 20 85
Megablast SEGA Master System 1992 83 out of 100 83
Video Games SEGA Master System Jun, 1991 82 out of 100 82
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Game Gear Aug, 1991 810 out of 1000 81
Power Play SEGA Master System Jun, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Retrogaming History SEGA Master System Apr 04, 2008 8 out of 10 80


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