A Magical Gem
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse is a wonderful single player, platformer game. The game features incredible animation, graphics, music and sound effects. Each level, their enemies and bosses, could easily have been taken out of a Disney cartoon and icons in each level help out with points, extra lives, energy refill and various projectiles to throw. Heck, even the act of jumping on enemies, a clear homage to Super Mario Brothers, is wonderfully animated. Sega would go onto to produce more successful titles feature Disney characters
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse features a damsel in distress storyline that lacks originality. I understand why this is often used as a plot device in games and it is not entirely inappropriate, but it does get recycled a bit too much. Younger or more novice gamers should take note: while the game allows you to adjust the level of difficulty a few of the later levels, on any setting, will be a challenge mainly because you cannot run.
The Bottom Line
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse is the first, of many, great platformer games Sega published based on Disney characters. It was one of the first games to show off the advanced hardware of the Sega Genesis and remains one of the best video games starring Mickey Mouse.