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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 Door 3
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse Game Gear Game Over
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse Game Gear Door 1
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse Game Gear Outside the Castle

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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 Jan, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Retro Archives Aug 20, 2017 17 out of 20 85 Dec 16, 2011 17 out of 20 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jun, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Games-X May 17, 1991 82 out of 100 82
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Aug, 1991 810 out of 1000 81
Retrogaming History Aug 28, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Jul, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jun, 1991 31 out of 40 78
GamePro (US) Nov, 1991 3 out of 5 60


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