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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 Game Gear Title
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse Game Gear Outside the Castle
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse SEGA Master System The game is full of very colorful scenes.
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse SEGA Master System Animation is very good. Look at Mickey's expression when he's inclined.

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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 May, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Player One SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 97 out of 100 97
1UP! SEGA Master System Mar 19, 2004 93 out of 100 93
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Feb, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Game Freaks 365 SEGA Master System Apr 13, 2006 9.2 out of 10 92 Game Gear Jan, 2007 9 out of 10 90 SEGA Master System Mar 04, 2011 17 out of 20 85
Power Play SEGA Master System Jun, 1991 80 out of 100 80 SEGA Master System Jan 27, 2012 8 out of 10 80


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