Game Review: Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (Mobile)


Castle of Illusion currently costs £6.99 on the app store but I picked up when it was on sale for £2.99.

Platformers games on the iPad can be a mixed bag…far too many fall short thanks to poor controls but more & more are getting better at it. One such game that manages to do a wonderful job is Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse.

Castle - Mickey

The story goes like this…Minnie is captured by the evil witch, Mizrabel who wants to steal Minne’s youth & beauty. It is up to Mickey to rescue her by traversing her castle to collect 7 rainbow gems which will build a bridge to the tower in which she is being held.

Castle - Gem

Now this is a remake of the original game that came out in 1990. It was re-released in 2013 with a complete overhaul of the graphics. It sticks to a side-scrolling style but uses 3D graphics & at times Mickey can move in every direction such as when solving puzzles.

It is gorgeous to look at & the varieties in levels make it exciting to see what is coming up. The levels are The Enchanted Forest, Toyland, The Storm, the Library & the Castle…each have 2 Acts & a boss battle leading to the end boss, Mizrabel.

Castle - Boss

Each level has different, interesting & challenging enemies & obstacles. The ends of level bosses are also a lot of fun to battle & rarely difficult. This is pretty much the theme of the game…ease.

Mickey’s main point of attack is his jumping…he can bounce on enemies to kill them & jump to higher platforms. Mickey can also pick up projectiles to throw at other enemies or use to unlock chests.

Castle - Jumping

The touch screen controls work extremely well with your left thumb well placed to control a directional stick (which can be used anywhere on screen), your right thumb positioned well for a throw button & jump being done by tapping anywhere on screen. It’s simple & very user-friendly.

Throughout the levels Mickey can also pick up gems that unlock other areas of the main hub (the castle), chilli peppers & playing cards to unlock other costumes for Mickey to wear. Collecting everything in a level is an added challenge for the completionists out there.

Castle - Castle

Finally the music has been re-worked by the one & only, Grant Kirkhope. I mention his name because he is responsible for some of the best & most memorable music in gaming. The guy is responsible for Banjo-Kazooie games, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Starfox Adventures, Viva Piñata, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning & many more. The music is Castle of Illusion is excellent & enhances the gameplay particularly against bosses.

Castle - Candy

The iOS version is perfectly done & holds up against its console/PC rivals. No detail has been dropped & thanks to the excellent controls it just as intuitive. The game itself is far too easy & if you’re not collecting everything it is quite short.

Castle - Mickey & Minnie

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • 8/10
    The Final Score - 8/10
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