Developer: Sega Studios Australia
Publisher: Sega, Disney Interactive Studios
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3 & PC
ESRB Rating: Teen
Release Date: 9.3.13 for PSN, 9.4.14 for XBLA and PC
Review Score: 9/10
Review Unit: Yes
Mickey Mouse Castle of Illusion is one of the games that left a great mark in my childhood. I remember playing over and over again even prior to Sega’s announcement of the 2013 title. Back then, Castle of Illusion offered a magical world in which Mizrabel’s tainted to keep Mickey from saving Minnie.
Today the evolution of the game is absolutely stunning with the 3D graphics, lush colors as you take Mickey on a journey to get the woman of his dreams back. I want to tell you that I was able to check out both versions of the game – somewhat. Originally I downloaded the demo for the Xbox 360 version and played it all the way through. When I played the PS3 version of the game though, there was something totally different about the game. I took the time to play the same section of the game that the Xbox 360 demo offered and I felt more engaged and connected to the PS3 version of the game. Easy for me to say right? PS3 is the review unit that I received for the title. Quite frankly, it goes beyond that fact and if you ever get the opportunity to do a comparison, I would love to hear your thoughts on that.
To make sure that I wasn’t a fan boy moment I bounced off this uh-huh moment with many of my peers and they too acknowledged that the PS3 version of the game felt more alive then its counterpart. Let’s talk about the game though, relatively small for a digital download and Sega Studios Australia needs to be applauded for such a wonderful revamped edition version of the game.
In his quest to save his darling, Mickey travels through the Enchanted Forest, the toy land, the storm, The library, and the castle which are unlocked as you collect the number of diamonds required. Each stage offer three acts for you to enjoy. Mickey must collect 7 rainbow gems to form the rainbow bridge to access Mizrabel’s castle. While you are traveling, make note of how awesome the backgrounds – absolutely stunning. Mickey’s arsenal includes stomping on the head of the enemies to break there illusion as well as the apple which is his iconic projectile in this title.
Castle of Illusion also offers timed trials after you’ve completed a stage and the ability for Mickey to unlock new outfits when he collects chili peppers and playing cards.
The soundtrack is absolutely incredible – I’d sit there just to let the soundtrack play.
Overall, Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse is a refreshing experience. It definitely satisfied my expectations for a remake of such a wonderful title. It made a memorable title even more memorable and I encourage you to check it out. Hats off to Sega Studios Australia and the entire staff who worked on this awesome title.