| 7/10 |
3 September 2013
| PlayStation 3
WW: September 3, 2013
Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
WW: September 4, 2013
WW: November 21, 2013
WW: May 27, 2014
WW: June 18, 2014
WW: July 24, 2014|
Android, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Macintosh operating systems
Sega Studios Australia, Feral Interactive
Sega, Disney Interactive Studios, Feral Interactive
Illusion games, Platform games
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is a 2.5D platform game developed by Sega Studios Australia and published by Sega. The game is a remake of the original 1990 Sega Genesis video game of the same name, which was the first title in the Illusion series of Mickey Mouse video games. The game was released on PlayStation Network on September 3, 2013, and on Xbox Live Arcade and Microsoft Windows the following day. It was released for Mac OS X by Feral Interactive on July 24, 2014.
On August 30, 2016, Sega has confirmed that the software would be delisted on September 2. The announcement came on the same week that the Xbox 360 version of the game was made backward compatible on Xbox One. The publisher says that those that have purchased the game will be able to redownload it without issue. The iOS & Android versions would still be on sale, as they are published by Disney Interactive Studios.
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (2013 video game) Wikipedia
Following the same style of gameplay as the original Mega Drive/Genesis title. Presented in high-definition 3D graphics, the game is largely played as a side-scrolling platformer like its predecessor, although some sections allow Mickey Mouse to move in multiple directions, such as puzzle segments. Mickey's main offensive ability is his bounce attack, which he can use to bounce on enemies and reach higher areas. He can also collect projectiles which he can throw at long distance enemies. Levels are re-envisioned versions of the original game's levels now separated into three acts, featuring new layouts, puzzles and enemies, as well as enhanced boss fights. The castle itself, which was merely a transition in the original game, can now be fully explored, with new areas opened up by collecting numerous gems littered around each level. Throughout the game, players can find playing cards and chilli peppers that can be used to unlock various outfits for Mickey.
As in the 1990 original, the game casts players in the role of Mickey Mouse who must fight his way through the Castle of Illusion to rescue Minnie Mouse from an evil witch Mizrabel who wants to steal her beauty.
The Castle of Illusion remake was first teased by Sega in April 2013 and was officially announced later that month. The game is developed by Sega Studios Australia, their last game before the studio is shut down, under the supervision of the original game's director, Emiko Yamamoto. The game features a remastered soundtrack arranged by Grant Kirkhope, as well as an option to listen to the original 16-bit soundtrack composed by Shigenori Kamiya. The game also features full voice acting for Mickey, as well as narration by Richard McGonagle.
Players who pre-ordered the game on PlayStation Network were able to download the original Genesis game, as well as a theme and custom avatars.
Castle of Illusion has received mixed to positive reviews, with a current Metacritic score of 72/100 for PS3 and 67/100 for Xbox 360. IGN gave the game a score of 6.7, praising its presentation while critiquing its slippery controls and a short length. Joystiq gave the game 4/5 stars, calling it "both a great remake and a showcase for the key elements that make a great platformer". GameSpot gave the game a score of 7.0, praising its fun platforming while lamenting unskippable cutscenes. Official Xbox Magazine gave the game a score of 8.0, calling it "a fun update to yesteryear’s classic, but also a solid platformer in its own right". GamesRadar gave the game 3.5/5 stars, praising its presentation while lamenting some issues with controls on some TVs, on account of HDTV input lag.