Nostalgia is a highly effective drug, specifically a double whammy of childhood motion pictures and games. Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King is precisely as advertised — the beloved 16-bit platformers bundled collectively. Only it really is a lot more than that Capcom’s Aladdin for SNES aside, this is about as extensive a package as you could hope for, with a number of versions of each and every game, music players, and a ton of behind the scenes goodies to delight in.
Aladdin receives specifically fantastic therapy. In addition to the original Genesis title, there is the press demo which options in-progress artwork and level design and style, generating for an fascinating slice of the title’s history. A “Final Reduce” version of the complete title tweaks the dodgy camera and frustrating difficulty discovered in the original game, generating for a smoother ride by way of Agrabah.
Meanwhile, The Lion King’s SNES and Genesis versions are each playable, which is good, although the only notable distinction is the music. Each film tie-ins are a joy to revisit, although they are of course a bit rough about the edges these days. A lot of the difficult platforming and borderline unfair enemy encounters discovered in these games are mitigated by the capability to save, rewind time, watch a recorded playthrough and jump in at any point, or just activate invincibility. Performing the latter disables trophies, which you will not want to do if you are following an quick platinum. Game Boy adaptations of Aladdin and The Lion King are also in the mix, which good to have for posterity, but really feel particularly crude on a modern day Television.
The collection serves as a superb dive into a pair of early tie-in successes. If you are a fan of the games, the films, or each, you will uncover some thing to take away right here — it really is a completely featured and fascinating trip down memory lane.