Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is the HD remake of the Sega classic of the same name. While this is not a one-to-one remake of the original it does stay true to the previous title.
I came into the title full of glee as if I were a 9-year-old looking forward to seeing what Sega Australia had created with a close childhood memory. What I came back with wasn’t bad but it also wasn’t exactly what I had anticipated. For those who aren’t familiar with the story to Castle Of Illusion, in a nutshell it centers on Mickey Mouse who must go through the Castle of Illusion to save Minnie Mouse from the evil witch Mizrabel.
The music to me is probably the best aspect of the game. I had to do two run-throughs just so I could hear the original soundtrack and the new versions of them. Let me say that the original is the way to go from my perspective, not to discount the updated versions which are really good but nothing hits the nostalgic factor like playing through with the original.
While I thought the game did a lot of things well, it is not without its shortfalls. My biggest problem with Castle Of Illusion was the controls. While it is not the worst controls I have played and I have played a few stinkers, to me it always felt a little loose. Nothing frustrating that makes you want to rage quit, but it will give you some problems. Especially when it comes to the 3D aspect of the game which always feels like your over jumping or under jumping which can throw you out of the experience. The most fun I had was with a moment where you felt like you were playing an Uncharted game but I won’t spoil it for you.
The voice acting was really good and even without lip synching that I noticed it always feels great when you hear Mickey Mouse’s voice. Best of all was hearing Richard McGonagle, who you may know as Victor Sullivan, narrating the story who to me could become the gaming Morgan Freeman but that might just be me. Artwork for the levels and the overall graphics were very eye pleasing. It makes you want to go to the next level just to see what is ahead from a visual standpoint. It really is something you must see for yourself especially if you have played the original or if you’re just a huge Disney Fan.
For some of the younger gamers, Castle Of Illusion is just another Disney remake. To people my age and older it’s a blast from the past that you will want to revisit. While it is for the most part a pleasant experience it will have some areas where you are gripping you controller in anger.
Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is currently available on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.