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Legend of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

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Released: 1995

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: Game Gear

Publisher: Sega

Developer: Aspect

Submitted by: Matt

Sega never released sales figures detailing what their best selling games of the 90s were. If I had to guess though, I’d say that Sonic 1 and 2, Columns and Mickey Mouse: Castle of Illusion and Mickey Mouse: Land of Illusion were the best selling Sega GameGear games. Why? Because they’re the most common games for the system, with countless copies always available on eBay.

It’s a little odd, then, that Legend of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse – the third and final part of the Illusion series – is remarkably unheard of. It’s also pretty hard to track down, with the PAL version being particularly rare.

Although somewhat easier than Castle of Illusion and Land of Illusion, it’s a tidy and well presented platformer. Sprites are large, colourful and well animated, boss battles are clever and innovative while some of the puzzles are rather ingenious. One fine example involves using magnets….or rather, blocks with N and S written on them which repel and attract one another.

About half way into the game Mickey gets to visit a colour changing desert. Some clever graphical trickery has been used to give the illusion of Mickey running a long a 3D plane, which still manages to impress. Mickey also gains new skills as the story progress – he starts out as a humble wash boy armed with unlimited bars of soap to lob at foes, but later gets more powerful projectiles and the like.

It’s evident that a lot of effort went into making the Illusion series go out with a bang, which makes it a very hard game to dislike.