Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is a 1990 platform game developed by Sega and released for the Sega Mega Drive. An 8-bit version of the game was later released for the Master System and Game Gear. The game follows Mickey Mouse on a quest to save Minnie Mouse from the evil witch Mizrabel. It was the first game in Sega’s long-running Illusion video game series starring Mickey and was also a part of the second wave of games initially released for the Sega Genesis which helped seal the console’s reputation within the period until the release of Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991.
On September 9th, 2020, I began playing the 8-bit, Master System version of Castle of Illusion, completing the first three stages.
From October’s 12 Hour Stream, the second and final part of Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse for the SEGA Master System. I like this game a lot and it felt good to complete it, even if that did come out of nowhere!
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a 1992 platform game developed by Aspect and published by Sega for the Master System and Game Gear. The game is a sequel to the Master System/Game Gear title Sonic the Hedgehog, and follows the titular character Sonic as he attempts to rescue his friend Tails and all of the island’s animals from the villainous Doctor Robotnik. The gameplay is based on traversing a number of levels while collecting gold rings and attacking enemies. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was met with critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the visuals and gameplay while criticising the high difficulty. In 1993, a sequel, Sonic Chaos, was released.
As the game was released before the Sega Genesis version, it represents the debut of character Tails, who would become a mainstay in the series. Whilst the Master System version of the game was not initially released outside Europe and Brazil, it later become available worldwide following its release on the Wii’s Virtual Console in 2008.
I began a full playthrough on July 31st, 2020. The game is hard, as the critics noted and I wasn’t able to complete in one sitting like I had Sonic 1.
I continued the playthrough on August 27th, 2020 and carried the game through to a rather unexpected completion…
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