World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
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|World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Developer: Sega CS, Illusion Shot Pictures, Disney Software|
|Licensor: The Walt Disney Company|
|Sound driver: SMPS Z80|
|Number of players: 1-2|
World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, known as World of Illusion: Fushigi na Magic Box or I Love Mickey and Donald: Fushigi na Magic Box (アイラブミッキー＆ドナルド ふしぎなマジックボックス) in Japan, is a spiritual sequel to Castle of Illusion which was released for the Sega Mega Drive, in December 1992.
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck were on the stage of a performance hall, practicing for a magic act, when they discover a mysterious box that sucks them into a magical world, ruled by the Magic Master. Now they must attempt to escape while learning a few magic tricks along the way, facing unknown creatures among other dangers.
Like its prequel, World of Illusion is a platform game. One player controls Mickey Mouse, while the other player controls Donald Duck (player order can be selected on the menu screen), both of whom can be on screen simultaneously. World of Illusion was built primarily for two player co-op, though both Mickey and Donald can be played separately in single-player and each have their own slightly different routes through the game. In two-player mode, some puzzles require cooperative action to be solved, e.g. pulling Donald through a hole, or jumping in tandem to move a mine cart.
makes the player's character run in combination with directional keys, and is used for cooperative actions such as dropping a rope to pull the other player up if they are left offscreen, attacks using a magic sheet and jumps. + enters a crawl which lasts until is released.
Players start the game with three lives in a single player game, known as Tries in this game, and six in a co-op game. When a player runs out of Health Points in a co-op game, the other player must touch them to revive them. If there is one Try left in a co-op game, the surviving player can choose to continue the game in single-player mode, or share the final Try with the other player. When the last Try is lost, the game ends, and the player(s) can either continue from the beginning of the stage or display a password to try again later.
The ability to jump on certain enemies and throw objects is not carried through from Castle of Illusion, although several similar level themes are explored across the five rounds. Likewise, there is virtually no connection to the Sega Game Gear titles Land of Illusion and Legend of Illusion which emerged in the years which followed, although all feature Mickey Mouse running and jumping in similar worlds.
|Restores one Health Point.|
|Restores all Health Points.|
|Collecting 52 of these awards an extra Try.|
|Awards an extra Try.|
|Makes a player invincible for a short amount of time. It will not protect the player from bottomless pits, however.|
|Sets off fireworks that defeat all on-screen enemies.|
|Stage 1: Enchanted Forest|
|The game opens with a huge forest full of tall trees and giant flowers, and even the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland making a cameo appearance at the beginning. Travelling alone, Mickey and Donald will travel through different parts of the forest, while working together will the two enter a gemstone-filled mine with mine cart that they must operate by pressing in tandem.
All paths lead Mickey and Donald deeper into the caves, which are filled with spiders and webs, with a large spider serving as the boss, who can only be attacked while it's in the foreground.
|Stage 2: Among the Clouds|
|The first area of this stage has the player(s) ride on a magic carpet through the sky. Pressing will make the carpet move forward, and any of the face buttons will make the carpet rise. Skillful flying is needed to avoid the vultures and the tornadoes and collect items.
Travelling alone, Mickey will be running through a thunderstorm and past moving pillars and a falling ceiling, while Donald will ride leaves across the rapids. Working together, the two will climb a canyon together using teamwork. The third area has the player(s) jump across the clouds and walk across piano keys that will release items or bombs.
The boss for this stage consists of six dragons that will come to life one by one and attack by jumping around and breathing fire. The player(s) must hit them once each to turn them back into stone.
|Stage 3: Underwater Adventure|
|The main gimmick of this stage is that Mickey and Donald will be swimming through the sea inside giant bubbles while avoiding tiger fish and luring clams into opening secret passages. Pressing any of the face buttons will make the bubble rise higher, and the player(s) will sink if no buttons are pressed.
At the end of the first area is a small gap to pass under. Mickey can pass it just fine, but Donald will get stuck, requiring Mickey to pull him through. Both of them will be going through an unstable temple which ends with the two smashing through pillars with a chariot and having to escape before the ceiling crushes them. If Mickey enters alone, he will go through a different area that has him navigate an undersea cave. If Donald is alone, he will have to backtrack and take an alternate path on the surface, jumping across islands and rafts.
Both characters eventually explore a sunken ship, which is filled with unstable floorboards, falling tridents, and a corridor in which the player(s) must run before it completely fills with water. At the end of the sunken ship is a boss fight against a shark, which is likely inspired by the shark chase scene from The Little Mermaid. The shark moves fast and is only vulnerable to attack when attacking.
|Stage 4: The Library|
|Following on from the sunken ship in the previous stage, Mickey and Donald will find themselves jumping out of a fishbowl and in a giant library, much like the fourth stage of Castle of Illusion. Throughout the library are enemies themed after stationery, jars full of sugar cubes that the player(s) can fall into and explore, and magic boxes that will teleport them to other areas. Mickey and Donald travelling together will also enter a Christmas present and explore a Christmas-themed level, while Donald alone will enter a picture book where everything is made up of words.
Just like its predecessor, the player(s) will be traveling through a cookie-themed area, this time by entering a cookie tin. When entering this area alone, Mickey will ride on a cork fired out of a champagne bottle into space, collecting items and avoiding burning stars. The boss of this stage is Madam Mim from The Sword in the Stone, who flies about on her broom and periodically landing to unleash a magic attack. The type of attack she uses is determined by the colour of her crystal ball.
|Stage 5: The Magic Box|
|The mysterious box from the introduction sequence appears outside the cookie tin and transports Mickey and Donald to a land inspired by the Queen of Heart's castle from Alice in Wonderland. The first area has Mickey and Donald use magic spells to command card soldiers into serving as platforms. At the end, the player(s) must stand on dice to open the way forward. Only one of them actually opens the way; the rest either do nothing or send the player(s) back to earlier parts of the area.
Travelling alone, Mickey will jump through a mirror and walk through a crazy hallway while avoiding falling chandeliers, flying tableware, and holes that suddenly appear in the floor, while Donald will have to navigate a multi-floor hedge maze and find the exit. In a co-op game, Mickey and Donald will find themselves in a room with multiple doors, and they must go through these doors and replay short sections of previous stages.
Both characters will eventually delve deeper into the Magic Master's domain, jumping across holes, riding chariots over spikes, and fighting card soldiers, eventually reaching the Magic Master himself (who resembles Pete) for the final showdown. Mickey and Donald have to jump onto the platforms and attack his face to defeat him.
World of Illusion was eventually re-released as one of the 42 built-in games in all regional variants of the Mega Drive Mini.
|Language||Localised Name||English Translation|
|English||World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck||World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck|
|English (US)||World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck||World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck|
|Japanese||I Love Mickey and Donald: Fushigi na Magic Box (アイラブミッキー＆ドナルド ふしぎなマジックボックス)|
- Game Designer and Director: Emirin
- Game Designer: Yagami
- Art Director: Thomas Yuuda
- Artist: 7LY.Big.King, Tamun, Manabu, Mikarin, Rice, Noburin, Thomas Yuuda
- Programmer: Manuu, Mui, Ryuu, Kenken, Fu
- Sound Composer: Lotty, Maguro
- Special Thanks to: Bert, Rei, Jackson Yu
- Walt Disney's Producer: Patrick Gilmore
- Main Programmer and Producer: Satman
- Source: In-game credits
|Mega Drive, EU (Classic Mega Drive)|
|Mega Drive, AU (Sega Gold Collection)|
ROM dump status
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|World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck|
|Disney games for Sega systems/Published by Sega|
|Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1990) | Fantasia (1991) | Quackshot Starring Donald Duck (1991) | World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (1992) | Goofy's Hysterical History Tour (1993) | The Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey & Minnie (1994) | Mickey's Ultimate Challenge (1994) | Mickey Mania (1994) | Donald in Maui Mallard (1995)|
|Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1990) | The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck (1991) | Land of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1992) | Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck (1993) | Legend of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1997) | Mickey's Ultimate Challenge (1998)|
|Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1991) | The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck (1991) | Land of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1993) | Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck (1993) | Mickey's Ultimate Challenge (1994) | Legend of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1995)|
|Mickey no Yukai na Bouken (1993) | Donald no Obake Taiji (1993) | Mickey's Blast into the Past (1994) | Donald no TV Show (1995) | Mickey to Ooki na Furudokei (1996) | Mickey no Tokyo Disneyland Stamp Rally (1996) | Tokyo Disneyland Toon Town Mickey no Boku wa Untenshu (1997) | Mickey to Utau Tori no Shima Minnie o Sagashite Waku Waku Daibouken! (1998) | Mickey no Boku wa Meitantei (2000) | Tokyo DisneySea Mickey to Asobou! (2002)|
|Sega Ages I Love Mickey Mouse: Fushigi no Oshiro Daibouken/I Love Donald Duck: Guruzia Ou no Hihou (1998)|
|Disney's Donald Duck Quack Attack (2000)|
|Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (2013)|