World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck was developed and published by Sega, exclusively for the Megadrive/Genesis in 1992. It’s a platform game where players can play single-player as either Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck, or can play cooperatively together while sharing a set pool of lives. Other Disney characters, such as Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Huey, Dewey and Louie also make appearances.
Mickey and Donald can run, jump or attack enemies by whipping their capes and must make their way through five different stages (The Enchanted Forest, Among the Clouds, Underwater Adventure, The Library, and The Magic Box), and defeat a boss at the end of each.
The gameplay changes, depending on which character you choose to play as. Mickey can squeeze through gaps, but Donald can’t, so must find alternative routes. When playing in two-player mode players can stand on each other’s shoulders to reach high-up platforms, and Mickey can even pull Donald through certain gaps. Their health is represented by playing cards shown at the top of the screen, and when a card is turned face-down that means a portion of health is lost. When all cards are face-down you lose a ‘try’. Passwords are used to access later levels you’ve already reached.
The game showcases art, animation and design from a variety of Disney animated films and was well-received upon its original release. While World of Illusion is not the best Mickey Mouse platform game ever made it has stood the test of time reasonably well and is still playable and fun today. The game was included on the recent release of the Genesis Mini.