Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King
Aladdin and The Lion King is a well-thought compilation : with only two games (plus some of their handheld variations), Nighthawk put so much extra content to please fans of both the movies and the games : interviews, guide books taken from the movies... We wish we would have more games to play, but the inention is really there.
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Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King is an unfortunately tough release to recommend.
While Aladdin got a fairly decent treatment in the Disney Classic Games port, The Lion King is left just as barebones and hard as the original.
Overall, this is a great package of some excellent games from the 16-bit era. While I personally believe that the Genesis version of Aladdin is much better than the one seen on the Super Nintendo, the Disney Classic Games collection could've used the Super Nintendo version of Aladdin to make this feel more like a complete package. However, the art gallery, quick-save features, and added extras such as the final cut of Aladdin solidify this collection as the definitive way to experience these games. It would certainly be great to have more Disney compilations following this.
Not a collection for everyone, but for those gripped by this pure nostalgia. These titles haven’t necessarily aged well, but there are enough added features to mitigate some unfair difficulty with; save features, a rewind button, extra difficulty settings, and the ability to watch a game playthrough and jump in at any point. Also with a lot of bonus content with multiple versions of each game, interviews with the creators and a plethora of original art that grounds you in the context to help you appreciate the games more.
That is, jacking up prices and releasing things in limited quantities to create a false sense of scarcity.
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King is an admirable package. While some game editions are missing (and Lion King fails to hold up) this bundle shows the kind of care I long to see in all re-releases. It's worth it for Aladdin alone, while the extras should tempt those on the fence.
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King is a prime example of how a retro game collection should be assembled.
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King is an interesting package, takes the affective memory and transforms it into bonus content, rewind mode, soundtrack menu, and refined versions of the games. The release slightly lost its timing, which could have been when the two films premiered in theaters. However, I felt a lot more attention was given to Aladdin than to The Lion King, and the lack of more games that marked a generation to be appeal more to new players and to the public who doesn't know how to play the same level many times in a row, listening to Hakuna Matata.
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