Nov 292012

ColecoVision™ - Logo (Small)Illusions™ for ColecoVision™ - Box (Front)I picked this one up cheap at Kay Bee Toys in the Mohawk Mall (neither of which still exist!) after ColecoVision™ was almost extinct. It is a very cool looking game from the screenshots on the box, but playing it was a bit of a different story. It is weird and it takes a bit of getting used to. The instructions were pretty cool as compared to other ColecoVision™ titles. They were still only two colors (black and cyan), but they were larger, on thicker paper and had 2 booklets (“the legend” and “the key”) with a different graphic design style from other ColecoVision™ games. The legend contained a poem that explained how things worked in this weird world.

From the back of the box:

Illusions™ for ColecoVision™ - Box (Back)Gleebs. They’re  optical illusions you’ve met in your dreams. Little ghosts gone mad. Now they’re waiting to take a trip through your mind. Without the basic directions. (Like left & right & up & down!). On their journey, Gleebs will battle their lizard foes with buckets of water. They’ll climb endless stairs endlessly. Defying physics, they’ll join and part, all with one goal in mind: to pass through mirrors from one world to the other. Don’t ask why. It’s more fun just to share their crazy world after a while.
You’ll see that sinister lizard turn into a fish into a bird. Then into an egg (if you’re good.) But you may not believe your eyes when you see it. Because that’s what illusions are all about. Right?

Review (2011):

Illusions™ for ColecoVision™ - Cartridge & InstructionsIllusions™ was made by a company called Nice Ideas, S.A. which I never heard of before or since… The program and audiovisioal credits go to Coleco, so I’m assuming that Nice Ideas was not a video game company. Anyway, I thought that the premise of this game was quite original and cool. The graphics were cool too. The play control was a little hard to get used to. You could basically only change the forward or reverse direction of the gleebs and make them jump, but only at certain points on certain screens. You could also make them split on certain screens. On the mirror stair screen, you had to get all the Gleebs to combine by running into one another then exit through the mirror. On the cubic screen, you had to split one gleeb into four before you could escape. I had some fun with this game and the concept was definitely unique, but the execution was not perfect by any means. This would make a great game to remake (with better execution of course ;)) for WiiWare or as a shareware game for the mac maybe? Anybody listening?

My Rating:

Play Control: 5.0
Graphics: 8.0
Sound/Music: 6.0
Story: 4.0
Level Design: 8.0
Replay Value: 6.0
Overall: 6.0 (Overall ratings are rounded to the nearest half point.)

Cosmetic Condition of my copy of this game:

Overall, I rate my copy: 9.0 – It is in really excellent condition for its age!


System: ColecoVision™
Year: 1984
Developer: Nice Ideas, S.A.
Publisher: Coleco
Price I (My Dad) paid: $9.99.
Retail Price: $17.99
Purchased from: Kay Bee Toy and Hobby – Mohawk Mall
Game is complete?: YES, but no receipt.

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