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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 ... until the evil witch Mizrabel appeared and kidnapped Minnie.
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse SEGA Master System Mickey and Minnie lived peacefully...
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse SEGA Master System Here comes a boss

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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 Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Player One Mar, 1991 97 out of 100 97 Jul, 2004 9.52 out of 10 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Feb, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Game Freaks 365 Apr 13, 2006 9.2 out of 10 92
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Jun, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Retrogaming History Apr 04, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Jan 27, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Ação Games May, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 75


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