It’s always extremely sad to see games removed from the App Store permanently, as it means if you weren’t quick enough to purchase it initially, the app is now entirely unavailable to play through legal means. Occasionally there are excuses or attempts to justify such actions, but such sudden removals on an entirely digital format aren’t exactly encouraging for the longevity of the platform, and are sadly becoming more and more inevitable over time. However, at the very least, sometimes we get notice of when a certain game will be removed so there is still a chance to not miss out on what will soon become a relic. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse ($4.99) is one such game, as Sega – the publisher for the title – have announced they are not renewing their licensing agreement with Disney, and therefore will be delisting it on all formats, and potentially iOS, on September 2nd. While it is not clear if Castle of Illusion will be taken off the App Store, if you’re enticed by impressive platforming title, it’s certainly worth picking up before Friday just in case.
While all statements haven’t specified the formats that Castle of Illusion will be removed from, there has been no explicit mention of iOS being exempt from this delisting, and so therefore there is a degree of confusion as to whether it will disappear from the App Store on September 2nd. This is because the iPhone version was published by Disney, and not Sega unlike its console iterations, and as a result, there is a chance it could remain available for purchase on iPhone and iPad. The fact that the game hasn’t gone on sale like its console counterparts is also encouraging, but by no means is confirmation of its future existence. Despite this, Castle of Illusion is a great adventure title that we recommended in our review, and it would be a shame for anyone to not have the chance to download it if Friday really is the day it is removed from the App Store for good. Make sure to pick it up before it’s too late if Castle of Illusion catches your eye, and follow our forum thread for any further updates of the prognosis on the iOS iteration of this classic Disney title.