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, Xbox Live Arcade and Microsoft Windows in early September of 2013.
Following the same style of gameplay as the original Genesis title, 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 named Mizrabel.
Presented in high-definition 3D graphics, the game is largely played as a side-scrolling platformer like its predecessor, although some sections allow Mickey to move in multiple directions, such as puzzle segments. Like the classic game, 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, 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 named 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 composed by Grant Kirkhope, as well as an option to listen to the original 16-bit soundtrack composed by Tokuhiko Uwabo and Shigenori Kamiya. The game also features full voice acting for Mickey, as well as narration by Richard McGonagle.
Castle of Illusion has received mixed to positive reviews, with a current Metacritic score of 68/100. IGN gave the game a score of 6.7, praising its presentation whilst critiquing 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 whilst 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 whilst lamenting some issues with controls on some TVs.
- Bret Iwan - Mickey Mouse
- Russi Taylor - Minnie Mouse
- Nika Futterman - Mizrabel
- Richard McGonagle - Narrator, Old Mouse
- Besides Mickey and Minnie, the audience members seen in the opening logos and end credits include Pete, Pluto, Huey, Dewey and Louie, Chip 'n' Dale (who are wearing their outfits from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers), Daisy, Donald, Goofy and Scrooge McDuck.
- The models of the Rainbow Gems are actually reused Chaos Emerald (major recurring items in the Sonic the Hedgehog series) models from Sonic Generations.