Mickey Mouse returns to star in Castle of Illusion, a fantastical reimagining of the Sega Genesis classic. With all-new HD graphics and gameplay, Castle of Illusion brings Mickey and his world to life in this magical Disney adventure!
User reviews: Very Positive (466 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 4, 2013

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Mickey Mouse returns to star in Castle of Illusion, a fantastical reimagining of the Sega Genesis classic. With all-new HD graphics and gameplay, Castle of Illusion brings Mickey and his world to life in this magical Disney adventure! When the evil witch Mizrabel kidnaps Minnie, it’s up to Mickey to brave the dangers of the Castle of Illusion to rescue Minnie. Gather your courage and traverse enchanted forests, take on hordes of rebellious toys and navigate mazes of living books. Play as Mickey and save Minnie from Mizrabel’s evil clutches!

Features:
- Play as Mickey Mouse in this reimagining of the classic Sega Genesis.
- Experience a world of wonder, brought to life with all-new graphics and magical adventures.
- Journey across five magical worlds filled with Mizrabel’s powerful minions.
- Complete hidden challenges to customize Mickey with classic costumes!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2+
    • Processor: 2.8 Ghz Dual Core (minimum)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI 2600/Nvidia 8600 (minimum)
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad Core (recommended)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI 4850/Nvidia 8800 (recommended)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8.5
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel HD3000, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 8xxx series, NVIDIA 9xxx series, NVIDIA 3xx series and NVIDIA 1xx series.
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.3
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel HD3000, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 8xxx series, NVIDIA 9xxx series, NVIDIA 3xx series and NVIDIA 1xx series.
    • Hard Drive: 900 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
77 of 86 people (90%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 12



Castle of Illusion

Old-school trickery

Rating

Personal Rating: "Worth purchasing"
Traditional Rating: 7 out of 10
Genre: Third Person Action Adventure/Platformer
Review

Disney was no stranger to the late eighties and nineties consoles back when it was Nintendo waging a console war with SEGA. Arguably two of the most memorable titles for each system were Ducktales for the NES and Castle of Illusion for the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis. Ducktales had the edge - being more fiendishly difficult than Mickey Mouse's SEGA outing but both exuded charm and were bestsellers on either system.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=285326866
Cut forward 25+ years to the year 2013 as both popular titles re-emerged in full HD glory for a new generation of gamers and for the first time ever - debuting on the PC. I can see that the more modern gamer will probably find the gameplay on display here a bit antiquated and Castle of Illusion will possibly hold very little appeal for them (outside of the Mickey Mouse and Disney connection) but it's clear the intention here - Castle of Illusion is a love letter to the gamer that cut his/her teeth on these kind of games in the past. While Ducktales: Remasterd is a scene by scene remake (with newly implemented graphical cut-scenes), Castle of Illusion is more of a re-imagining taking the five levels of illusion Mickey must traverse in order to save his dearly beloved, Minnie Mouse, from the clutches of the evil witch Mizrabel and giving each of them a modern spin and a completely new lick of paint. Each of these worlds, like the original, are split into two relatively short levels with the third housing a boss battle for Mickey to overcome.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=285328277
I had great fun playing this game as a child back in the early nineties so it was pure nostalgic delight exploring these redesigned levels that pay due homage to the levels from the old SEGA classic. While I never found the game on the Mega Drive to be particularly challenging it was certainly a fun romp for my childlike sensibilities back then and this remake of Castle of Illusion fits the bill quite nicely. Most experienced platform gamers will breeze through Castle of Illusion in a jiffy but the controls are tight (except for the swimming sections where it feels like one is trying to maneuver a tank through a mouse hole) and for the most part the game plays and looks beautiful on modern systems.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=284863991
Castle of Illusion is a simple platformer and when put under scrutiny one can see how mechanically game development has moved along in leaps and bounds - you just have to compare this title with the recently released Rayman Legends to see that Castle of Illusion is nothing more than a nostalgic time-capsule that embraces an age when games were far more simpler and innocent without all the moral grey areas that encapsulates modern gaming today.
Conclusion

If you have fond memories of playing through Castle of Illusion as a child, I wouldn't hesitate to encourage you to pick it up. Chances are you will probably have families and kids of your own now so this is a great way to introduce them to the kinds of games you used to play as a kid. At $14.99 it's priced just about right for the amount of adventure time held and its a great way to spend an afternoon with an old friend from the past.
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
I played the original Sega Genesis version constantly when I was a kid, so I had to grab this. The upgraded graphic style respects the original pretty well, but the controls are just too awkward to enjoy. It feels like the controls for a test game where the developer just added a random speed and jump force and nobody ever checked it. This essentially ruins the game, which is unfortunate because literally everything else was fairly high quality.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I must say I was quite suprised by this game.
I'm not sure if the suprise was completely positive.

I used to play the second part, world of illusion, a lot with a friend on Sega. Naturally, I was excited to play this one (which I never had before.)
However, after only two hours of this game it's almost ended and this is my biggest dissapointment.
The graphics are awesome, and I think the game is targeting the younger audience (It can be slightly challenging sometimes though.) but to pay 12 euro's for this? I don't know..

My advice:
Fun to play, but wait till it has 75% off. This makes it worth it's value.

7/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
I was a bit afraid to get this because of Ducktales: Remastered falling short.

But now that I finally played Castle of Illusion I can say I really liked it.

Even though I played Castle of Illusion on the Sega Mega Drive back in the days, I did not go into this game expecting it to be excactly the same experience. It had some frustrating moments like the MD version (the good kind), however it seemed a bit easier overall but not too easy.

It's a good platformer, with nice levels that speaks to the imagination. Very suitable for children and adults!
Playing with a controller is highly recommended.

If i'd have to give a slight negative point then it would be that the game isn't that long... BUT! there is a time attack and some collectibles to stretch it a bit if you are into that.

So yup I recommend it!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
An adequate platformer, this game is brought down by shoddy controls (I feel like there's a lag, but it could be the timing problems posted here and elsewhere), awful cameras that don't always show Mickey or his next destination (requiring you to jump blindly and hope for the best), and overall quality issues (e.g. audio balance for surround systems, frame rate at launch, etc.)

It's not the worst way to spend a weekend, and if you get it for a few dollars, I'd say take a chance. Otherwise, there are so many fantastic platformers available, why settle for something average?

edit: Maybe I'm being too hard on it, so I'll come back and update once I've found all the collectibles and whatnot. In the meantime, I will say this: It's a pretty easy game, and the visuals and audio (despite the bizarre volume levels) are both nice. In other words, it could totally pass as a great family game, or as a gateway title. For these reasons, I've changed my review to a positive.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
As a longtime fan of platformers, 2D and 3D, this was an obvious purchase.

I love what they managed to do with this game. It blends 2D sidescrolling platformer, and 3D platforming into a near seamless experience that manages to incorporate elements of old and new into a wonderful experience.

Now, it might seem "easy" at first, but let me tell you, that like any 2D platformer of the time, this is quickly thwarted once you get to the later levels. If you want to get EVERYTHING, it's going to cost you. Some of the later levels, like the library and the castle, are most definitley a test of what you've learned throughout this adventure.

The boss fights are mostly just pattern memorization, as there is no randomness that would otherwise make it harder, and they're all on set patterns. As long as you memorize what order a boss does something, you should be fine.

Overall, if you want a fun platforming experience, and want to just have a quick romp, give this a spin.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Castle of Illusion is a remake from the classic Mega Drive game. This time your adventure will be a lot more forgiving and easy. This means that Castle of Illusion is worth to play only if you want to see an iconic game reimagined for the new generations. Also, it's a good choice to introduce kids to the world of platformers.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
This is not a review, but I highly recommend this game for the following reasons.

1. Mickey mouse sets out to rescue Minnie mouse from the not so wicked witch really..
2. Simple 2.5D platform jumping game.
3. Classic Disney art style.
4. Daft boss fights.
5. Remake of the original Megadrive/Genesis version
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
The Good:
Based on a classic
Solid platformer gameplay
Cute story
Lots of collectibles

The Bad:
If you don't like Disney you won't like this
Do not expect this as a simple remake
Mostly quite easy besides getting all collectibles and a couple boss fights

Castle of Illusion was one of my favorite Genesis games, so I was very interested in this. It was a pleasant surprise to find that although this is not really a remake at all, but instead was a whole new game based on the themes, enemy movements, and basic premises of the original. Hence we have a classic based on a classic.

The game will move from 2D to 3D seamlessly, and without any controllable camera, so if you don't like this (like on Yoshi's story to some degree), you might dislike the game. I found it to work well combined with charming graphics and fun but simple platforming. The boss fights are interesting and unique, and the final boss fight is a satisfying challenge. Throw unlockable costumes to the mix for collecting hidden secrets and you've got a great game.


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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
As the big fan of the original game I was rather scared for a remake since so many games have been butchered by them. This however was done justice.

The graphics are very clean and nice. Gameplay was similar to the original but with enough fresh ideas to keep things interesting. Music was fantastic - particularly in that they included an option to have the original music hidden away in the options.

Exactly as a remake should be done, well done Sega.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse is a complete re-imagining of the iconic Genesis/Mega Drive adventure.
Fans will enjoy the original storyline as they help Mickey save Minnie.

A great remake and a showcase for the key elements that make up a successful platformer.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
give in and let mickey shoot a hot load of creamy nostalgia all over your face.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Very polished re-imagining of one of the best Genesis games out there.

I like that they stayed faithful to the classic game, without making a straight up carbon copy. The few risks they took with the game really paid off.

The game's visuals and art-style are of traditional Disney quality. The game looks good, runs well, and invokes the magical nostalgia factor of the original throughout.

The new 2.5D platforming was fairly simple, rarely a challenge, but overall a lot of fun (exactly the way I feel about the Genesis version). I read some reviews that complained that the controls were bad, or that they were experiencing input lag... I am using a decent gaming PC, Windows 8.1 with an Xbox 360 wired controller, and I experienced neither of these problems.

I recommend this for fans of Castle of Illusion on the Genesis, SEGA fanboys, Disney freaks, and basically anyone who enjoys a solid platformer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
A surprisingly good game, the environments are beautiful and Mickey's animations are really well done, the music is pretty decent and there are hidden Mickeys scattered around the various worlds, sadly the game doesn't last very long and isn't very hard, though the floaty controls can and will mess up a few of your jumps.

All in all a solid game, I would recommend it as a casual thing to pass the time.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
The controls were simply clunky. I don't have a gamepad, and played with my keyboard. I don't know whether the problem is with my keyboard or with the game.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Old enough to have played the original? Then you'll love this. If not it's a fairly basic but fun platformer. Wait for a Steam Sale.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Let me first say that I never played the original Castle of Illusion, so I'm judging this game by what it is on it's own.

And what it is is a rather short but all right platformer with excellent presentation. The storytelling aspect, narrator and all, is pretty good. The level and enemy visuals are appropriately creative and "magical", evoking that early "Harry Potter" feeling of wonder. But the gameplay itself is "merely ok".

Castle of Illusion is pretty easy for the most part, though the difficulty does ramp up toward the end. I died a few times to almost every boss while figuring out the patterns (I'm a bit slow when it comes to this), and had to use a continue on the final boss.

I had some strange drops in performance in most levels - strange because while my system doesn't quality as a "modern gaming rig", an i7-920 w/HD4850 shouldn't have had any trouble running a game with these graphics - which while rather nice looking, aren't exactly complex. And this was with Anti-Aliasing disabled.

It should also be noted that this really is a very short game - it took me just under 3 hours to beat. It would obviously take longer to 100% it (get all the gems and other collectibles in each level) but if you're like me, you don't care about that kind of stuff.

As such, I'd recommend waiting for at least a 75% off sale. I think I got my $3.74 playfire reward's worth out of CoL, but I'm glad I didn't pay any more than that.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
I LOVE THIS GAME
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Good story and graphics! High replayabilty thanks to the achievements and costumes etc! I have 8.9 hours played, but 2 of them I was idle! I finished the game in 5 hours and spent another 2 hours replaying the levels to do the time attacks and get all the collectables! Worth the money, especially since I got it for £2.50 on the www.HumbleBundle.com! Great game!
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Short, but sweet. Gameplay is precise and the music is enchanting.
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