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 (615 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
29 of 29 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
tl;dr
A heart-felt and beautiful remake of the 1990 SEGA classic: Mickey Mouse and the Castle of Illusion. I had high expectations for this modern reimagining of what is ultimately my favourite game of the Fourth Generation.

PROS
+Every level, every detail lovingly recreated and updated
+Stunning art and music design
+Smooth and responsive at 1080P/60FPS
+Full controller support
+Brilliant take on the old Mega Drive classic
+Two music schemes to choose from (original soundtrack or modern soundtrack)

CONS
-Does not include the original 1990 game that is included with the retail console version. It's sad to see it missing from the PC release.
-Three to eight hours to complete depending on how completely you explore each level

For Disney fans, platforming fans, and fans of whimsy, this game is a buy!

(Suitable for all ages and skill levels)
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
That evil, no-good hag of a witch Mizrabel (HA, Miserable...get it?) is at it again—no longer content with attempting to murder Snow White for being prettier, she's kidnapped Mickey Mouse's main squeeze Minnie in an attempt to steal her youth. Armed only with his plucky attitude, dogged determination and a mean throwing arm, Mickey immediately sets out to rescue the love of his life from Mizrabel's lair, the titular Castle of Illusion.

Castle of Illusion takes the 1990 Sega Genesis title and spiffs it up with some voice-acting and sharp graphics, but at its core it remains a side-scrolling, two-dimensional platformer.

It looks like Sega Studios Australia enjoyed twisting the concept of "side-scrolling", though. The linear stages mix up the traditional "go right" design by taking advantage of the new three-dimensional engine. Paths weave into the background or curve along cylindrical towers in twisting, circuitous routes that double back on each other at unexpected moments. Some stages even shift to a top-down perspective, allowing Mickey free, unfettered access to all three dimensions of movement.

Also new in this remake is a hub area where Mickey can roam around, viewing anything he's unlocked and can select levels to journey to, provided he has enough gems to unlock them.

The levels are whimsical affairs - Mickey travels through exotic locales like haunted forests, undersea ruins, and a world of sugar and candy found within a cup of tea. Accompanied by the ever-present narrator, Mickey navigates these fantastical lands in pursuit of Mizrabel's henchmen and the seven rainbow gems they carry. These gems will open a path to the boss witch herself at the top of the Castle.

Of course, with new dimensions comes a change in controls. Mickey's jumping skills are serviceable, but feel weightless. This shift makes leaping difficult to control, and the top-down segments can aggravate the problem with the lack of depth perception—it's sometimes hard to know if Mickey has jumped high enough to clear his jump.

Swimming segments are where the controls suffer the most. Mickey has all the maneuverability of a steamboat, and requires constant buttonmashing to travel with any speed. Mercifully, these swimming sections are both infrequent and brief.

Other than the somewhat floaty controls, there are no real flaws in Castle of Illusion. It's a short game that's easy to complete in a night or two, and it offers collectibles for those who want some replay. It's charming and well-polished, but players craving challenge might be disappointed. On the other hand, people wanting to relax with something that doesn't require a huge investment of time or effort should consider joining Mickey on his newest mousecapade.

Recommended

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Castle of Illusion is a remake of the mega drive game also called Castle of Illusion. I cannot really compare those 2 games since I never played the old one. But what I do know is that the remake is a hard but fair platformer. You have a commentator in the background that is commenting most of the things you are doing and will never annoy you. The game keeps beeing challenging till the end. It isn't as hard as Rocket Knight or anything similar, but it still needs some practice in the game to get well. Most secrets in this game are hidden very very well. If you are looking for a 100% run , you will have to look around very well. Badly this game is rather short. Can easily be beaten in 3hrs. You will still happen to enjoy the game with the nice commentator, the nice graphics and the beautiful sountrack AND of course the great and challenging level design.

Rating: 9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
A game remade with lots of love. Superb attention for detail, well executed (occasional) 3D mechanics, respects most elements from the original Castle of Illusion for the Mega Drive/Genesis but SEGA Australia (R.I.P.) still manages to give us a game that feels fresh, has many key differences compared to the original game, and can preserve the original game's essence and respect its color palette.
Also, Grant Kirkhope poured a bit of his soul into it.

A must-buy, fully recommended. Grab it now, it's on sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
★★★★★

Pros:
- A superb re-imagining of a Sega Megadrive classic, the nostalgia is there with the same themes, characters, collectables and music but a total overhaul of the games graphics.
- The new graphical style is visually beautiful with bold colours and clever themes.
- As you'd expect being a Disney, and specifically Mickey Mouse title, its completely child friendly.
- That said, the game is every bit as challenging as I remember it. It requires quick thinking, reflexes and a lot of patience.
- Lots of various things to collect for your in game trophy room heightening replay value.
- This is a platformer which can compete with all the best titles of today.
- At 3 hours long…if you're skilful enough, this game is just the right length.

Cons:
- Despite being child friendly I think gameplay is too difficult for the younger audience, I can imagine it will be every bit as frustrating as I remember it on the Sega Megadrive and with no difficulty settings in sight, this could pose a problem.
- Why you can skips animations at the start of scenes and levels after death is beyond me, the credits are also very long and cannot be skipped. This is frustrating if you died a lot, like I did on the final boss battle.

Verdict: This platformer has it all, it does everything well and is a superb re hash of a classic.
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