Thursday 13 July 2023

World of Illusion (Sega Mega Drive / Genesis review)

Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1992

World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck is a platformer and the sequel to Castle of Illusion (1990, Sega Genesis).

+ In single player, the level design varies depending on the chosen character, which is terrific for replayability.

+ Likewise, co-op mode has an exclusive set of stages that emphasise teamwork through simple, but enjoyable puzzles.

+ Stage 4's Library setting harkens back to the previous game and features some entertaining surprises and intricate layouts.

+ Frequently switches things up by introducing platforming verticality and giving you fun (albeit temporary) special abilities.

+ Animation and art style is simply gorgeous with plenty of impressive parallax scrolling and background lighting effects.

- Level design isn't as inspired as the previous Illusion game, and the water stages in particular are rather lacklustre.

- Escaping the illusion by defeating the final boss ends with a whimper, as there's no real pay-off in the proceeding cut-scene.

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