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Castle Of Illusion: Starring Mickey Mouse
© 1990 Sega, The Walt Disney Co.
Review by Raziel
Produced as early as in 1990 by Sega, this was one of the Genesis' first impressive games. At its time it entertained many with its beautiful graphics and challenging gameplay.
By the standards of 1990, the graphics are impressive. This game is perhaps one of the better-looking games of that year. Now, the graphics do not seem as flawless, even for a Genesis game, but they are nonetheless good. The main sprite is pretty and the enemies, although dangerous, are cute. The backgrounds are beautiful and vary greatly between them.
The sound, without being remarkable, is nice. There are cute, happy tunes to accompany Mickey in his adventure. The SFX are OK.
It is a simple and fun platform. Not too easy, not too hard. Just challenging. Your purpose in the game is to help Mickey rescue Minnie from the Witch that kidnapped her and has taken her to her castle. There are 6 levels total, divided into several stages. Mickey will travel from a haunted forest to a Toyland and from an oversized Library to the castle of the evil Witch. At the end of each level there is a boss. The control is simple and Mickey responds instantly at your commands. All in all, it is a fun and enjoyable game.
I consider this one of the sweetest games I have ever played. That's perhaps because this was my favorite game when I was 12. Anyway, it looks, sounds and plays nice, and deserves a place in every Genesis collection.