Get Castle Of Illusion Cheap Before It Vanishes

As frustrating as it was to hunt for out-of-print games on eBay without spending a squillion quid, at least you could still get them. When digitally-distributed games are no longer sold, they’re just gone as far as the well-mannered electronic entertainment enthusiast is concerned. After tomorrow, Sega’s remake of ’90s Mickey Mouse jumpyjumper Castle of Illusion will be pulled from sale on Steam for… possibly forever? Sega won’t be allowed to sell it any more, because business. But folks who buy it before then will keep it, so Sega have helpfully put it on sale for £1.50.

“Due to an expiration of business terms, Sega will no longer be able to sell Castle of Illusion on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, or Steam, with the current publishing arrangement coming to an end on September 2,” Sega told Polygon.

Sometimes licensed games like this return to sale. Sometimes they don’t.

Who knows, maybe Castle of Illusion gift copies will become hugely valuable in the baffling Steam community economy. All the youths will start talking about ‘a Mickey’ as a unit of currency. Years from now, you’ll tell the kiddywinkles “I remember when a Mickey bought you five movies, a new outfit for a wizard, and a box of imaginary Mars bars – and you’d still have change left for a virtual car” and they’ll laugh at you.

They’ll ask how many shillings were in a Mickey. They’ll ask if that was “during the war”.

“The war, huh?” you’ll scoff. “Let me tell you about the war…”

Before you started unbuttoning your shirt, you expected the kids would be intimidated by the deep gouges left in your flesh where the medic scooped out handfuls of hissing grey goo from the nanobomb. Instead they laugh and call you a perv then leg it.

Kids, eh.

Castle of Illusion is £1.49/1,94€/$2.24 on Steam. If you buy it now, you’ll get to keep, play, and redownload it as much as you please until your Steam account, Steam itself, or you yourself die – whichever comes first.

Reader dear, is this Castle of Illusion any good? Would you recommend it for one squid fishty?

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9 Comments

  1. GenialityOfEvil says:

    This is a really good game, especially for that price. It’s perhaps not as good as the rose-tinted Megadrive original, but what is?

    • Ooops says:

      I’m in the minority that thunks this new game is better than the original.

      Please note that it is a new game. Heavily inspired by the original, sure, but stil much more different from its source material than the Duck Tales remaster.

  2. darkath says:

    I’m sad because this kinda kills any hopes of seeing a World of Illusion remake :( (far superior game)

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    Thulsa Hex says:

    I just grabbed it on Steam as I doubt I’ll regret paying the $2. It should be nice to break this one out on a rainy day.

    • dahools says:

      Yep £1.49 well spent here too, daughter is Micky mad so this will be perfect for a rainy day, me to relive the mastersystem/megadrive days and her to see something other than Micky Mouse club house!

      I should probably buy more platformers but they tend to sit in my wishlist until a spring clean then they disappear to be forgotten about (probably how I ended up nearly missing this one today)

  4. ocdmonkey says:

    The android version is free on Amazon, FYI. Haven’t tried it but for free might as well pick it up.

  5. PancakeWizard says:

    Great little remake. I enjoyed it the first time around on PS3, so I’ll give it a purchase for my daughter when she gets a bit older.

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    cpt_freakout says:

    Alice, you’ve made me laugh twice with this and the Total Warhammer update today, thanks!

  7. bill says:

    Not available in my region because Sega are assholes when it comes to Japan.