Castle of Illusion

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse review

It's been nearly a year since the release of 3DS title Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion, a game so forgettable I almost forgot I reviewed it. (But then, my memory isn't very good, hence the error in that article about the double-jumping. My once vivid recollections of the precise mechanics of mediocre early 90s platform games have been blurred by the passing of time and the horror of childbirth. Sorry, everyone.)

Epic Mickey: POI was billed as the "spiritual successor" to classic Mega Drive platformer Castle of Illusion. This is like tying a ribbon round a dog turd and claiming it's a tribute to a Fabergé egg. The good news, however, is that new PSN, XBLA and PC effort Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is the actual successor. It's got double-jumping and everything.

The game follows the adventures of the only popular entertainer of pensionable age not to have been arrested on child sex offences as he embarks on a quest to rescue his girlfriend, Minnie, from evil witch Mizrabel. He must explore seven worlds and defeat seven bosses to collect seven rainbow gems, then smash Mizrabel's face off with a Boomshot grenade launcher while shouting "Lock and load!" and calling her a bitch.

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Castle of Illusion remaster out 4th September for £10

Sega's downloadable remake of Mickey Mouse game Castle of Illusion is coming out on 4th September - on PC, PSN and XBLA - priced £10 (1200 MSP).

If you pre-order it from 21st August on PSN you'll receive an emulated version of the Mega Drive original, a dynamic theme and three avatars as well.

The new Castle of Illusion is a 2D/3D hybrid wrought in lip-smacking HD. Sega Studios Australia is doing the honours.

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