In gaming there is a loose theory that says the third game in a series is going to usually be crap. That is why it is a loose theory, it doesn’t really apply unless your name is SNK. Sega had slowly been nicking away at the armor of Nintendo for years and with World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, they got a critical hit. Disney was not one to only allow one company to license their games which led to more than one by more than one company. Capcom was pretty much holding the Nintendo side of Mickey Mouse games up while Sega brought their own version to Sega Genesis/Master System/Game Gear owners. World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck is the third title in the “Illusion” series by Sega. They have gone on to release at least one more game (Legend) and a remake of Castle of Illusion for Android/iOS and Windows.
World of Illusion featured co-operative play that until then had not been seen in a Disney game. Sure, in Lion King you had two characters to control as you progressed but you never used both in a single level. World of Illusion features great team work parts that encourage two people to work together to accomplish the level goals. This does not mean that you have to play with a second player, it is just more enhanced if you do.
We have covered the Mickey Mouse games here on Retro Gaming Magazine a few times now. Such as Disney Done Right on Sega Genesis where we looked at many Disney games. Specific to Mickey Mouse was done in “Who Built the Better 16-Bit Mickey Mouse Trap?” where we compare multiplatform Mickey Mouse titles on the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. Finally, we covered the remake of Castle of Illusion on Android/iOS/PC here on Retro Gaming Magazine.