Yesterday I played the remake of Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse on PS3. I was always a big fan of the original game on the Megadrive, although I have heard that this is one of those rare games where the Master System port is actually superior. However, no matter which system you play it on, Castle of Illusion is a wonderful platformer that captures the spirit of the Magic Kingdom brilliantly.
The remake starts off slowly, with a semi-animated intro that shows the wicked witch Mizrabel appearing and mouse-napping Minnie away from Mickey. To be honest, the intro went on a bit, and I stopped paying attention after a while. Something about 7 gems to collect or something? Basically, I assume there are 7 levels. Anyway, once the game starts, a narrator explains things in the mandatory training level. Why do games have to spoon-feed us these days? Back in the day we used to just press all the buttons to figure out what they did, and only if we were really stuck would we read the instructions! But I digress…
Once you’ve (re-)learned the basics, you’ll be throwing apples at enemies and collecting gems in no time. The game doesn’t seem to have added much innovation to the genre (admittedly I’ve not played it all yet), but what it does, it does very well. The platforming is particularly fun. Mickey’s jumps can be controlled with great precision, and even in the early stages there are times when it gets a bit hairy as you hop from falling leaf to falling leaf in an attempt to reach more stable ground. I particularly enjoyed the part where Mickey has to run towards the screen in an attempt to outrun a giant apple rolling downhill, in an amusing nod to Raiders of The Lost Ark.
I’m looking forward to playing more, and it’s got me in the mood to revisit the original too. I’m not looking forward to the toy levels though – I could never get past the annoying part when the screen flips upside down and all the controls are inverted!
My name is Iain and my addiction is making pixel bead art. My main inspirations are comics, video games and movies.