Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Sep 18, 2013
    85
    Superb remake that recaptures the original's magic while adding new twists to classic ideas. [Nov 2013, p.70]
  2. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    Castle of Illusion does a commendable job of feeling both modern and old-fashioned at the same time.
  3. Sep 5, 2013
    80
    If you are (like me) a fan of the Genesis original this is more than a trip down memory lane. This is a carefully modernized old school platform adventure with a lot of personality. But don’t expect anything out of the ordinary.
  4. Sep 3, 2013
    80
    Quite simply, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is one of the best platformers Sega has put out in years.
  5. 80
    Even if you don’t harbor the slightest hint of nostalgia for the original, Castle of Illusion offers up a great experience. It’s a fun update to yesteryear’s classic, but also a solid platformer in its own right.
  6. Sep 3, 2013
    80
    Castle of Illusion is blessed with a magic that transcends licensing, and 20 years after its initial release, it's still a damn fine platformer.
  7. Sep 10, 2013
    75
    The brushed up version of this classic looks really nice, but doesn't offer much challenge. The controls feel a bit slow and it's not a really long game either. Still, you'll enjoy the game a lot while it lasts.
  8. Sep 9, 2013
    75
    Castle of Illusion is not only a revival of the old episode, but puts some interesting news that gives personality to the production.
  9. Oct 16, 2013
    70
    One of the best platformers published this year, beautiful and varied, but it’s a shame that it ends after just two hours. [11/2013, p.70]
  10. 70
    Castle of Illusion is a beautiful game in imagery and sound yet we are left with some control issues that need some fine tuning and maybe a couple more options to make it a tad more robust. All in all Castle of Illusion is a solid game that Disney fans and those who might be looking for their next platforming fix will enjoy.
  11. Sep 6, 2013
    70
    It's a great visual upgrade that remains the playable foundations almost untouched, but feels quite easy and short. However, if you enjoyed the original, it should feel like a great experience.
  12. Sep 5, 2013
    70
    The controls do need some work, but while Castle of Illusion is high on mechanical problems, it's even higher on whimsy. It's too charming to dislike.
  13. Sep 5, 2013
    70
    Good (but not perfect) port and reinterpretation of one of those gems found on the Mega Drive (Genesis) game console.
  14. 70
    It's a short and very solid piece of jump and run entertainment, combining a pretty homage to the genre and its own forebear with loving nods to later games in platform history.
  15. Sep 3, 2013
    70
    It's less about what you do, and more about where you are. Though they've substituted platform hops for page flips, the developers have crafted a Disney-quality world worth revisiting.
  16. Sep 3, 2013
    70
    It takes cues from its source material but isn't chained down, unwilling to tweak the gameplay or toy with expectations. It's the best kind of remake — one that stands on its own as a good game with or without admiration for the original.
  17. Sep 3, 2013
    70
    It ends up feeling formulaic by modern standards.
  18. Sep 3, 2013
    70
    An enjoyable, polished, satisfying game. It may only be a few hours long, but it's worth a tenner. It's perfect for those afternoons when all you want to do is close the curtains and collect rainbow gems while listening to some nice music. Just don't expect to remember the experience in 23 years. Or indeed next Tuesday.
  19. Sep 3, 2013
    67
    As a remake, it’s a decent attempt. On its own merits though, it’s somewhat insubstantial, and pitting it against the cartoon masterpiece that is Rayman Legends is less a fight than a curb-stomp battle.
  20. Sep 5, 2013
    65
    Castle of Illusion is not the same than twenty years ago. Has some improvements like 3D platforms events or magic visuals, but is also so irregular in level design, poor in content and with some issues in Mickey's control.
  21. Sep 5, 2013
    60
    Castle of Illusion is a welcomed change to the original remake formula, but it falls short in a number of areas.
  22. Sep 4, 2013
    60
    This remake of Castle of Illusion leaves us with mixed feelings. The game suffers from poor jump mechanics (which is a shame in a platformer, right), but offers on another hand a superb atmosphere, faithful to the original but with good additions in every levels... Are you nostalgic enough to really enjoy it?
  23. Oct 23, 2013
    50
    With such base-level functional inadequacies, this retro rehash comes labelled predictably with a 'for fans only' tag. [Issue#140, p.117]
  24. As much fun as you'd expect from vermin. [Nov 2013, p.96]
  25. 50
    Another retro platformer that doesn’t deserve such lavish new presentation, where everything has been improved apart from the gameplay.
  26. Sep 3, 2013
    40
    A lot of care and attention has gone into recreating the Mega Drive original's stages for a new generation, and the structure has been changed akin to Super Mario 64's hub world. But the platforming and control mechanics on offer here wouldn't cut it in any era.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Sep 6, 2013
    3
    Are you guys all part of the development team for this game? How you could have actually played this game and given these positive reviews I don't know. Even with my having loved the original game and really wanting to like this game, I could not.

    There was more to dislike but the biggest problem with this game by far is the one thing that had to be right for the game not to be ruined and kind of pointless. What do you do in this game more than anything else from the beginning of the game to the end? Jumping. The controls are awful and the jumping is the worst! This is unforgivable. Both the accuracy and the timing of the jumping are off.

    Another problem is the voice over. When you are listening to the voice over you will think you are playing a game for preschoolers. Mickey should throw apples? Really? It's like playing a "Doom" remake and they add a voice over that says you should fire your gun and open doors. If only the narrator had some advice on how to improve the controls. With this much wrong with the game there's not much point in critiquing anything else. Do yourself a favor and play the demo before buying.
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  2. Sep 3, 2013
    9
    I give this game a 9/10 cause the devs did what needed to be done, re-made the game with making sure if it ain't broken, why fix it!?

    Beautiful graphics, amazing sound. Excellent music and gameplay works the same way like before, although they did made some changes, like jump and certain things.

    Love this game and now I want is World of Illusion, its sequel.
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  3. Sep 5, 2013
    10
    I have very fond memories of the original and this is a very faith re-imagining. Each scene feels familiar yet the graphics, sound, story, control, etc, all come together to bring the game to life in a way not possible before. I definitely recommend this game to any fan of the original and for those who missed it. Anyone who enjoys the adventure plat-former genre should get there moneys worth out of this game. Full Review »