Sunday, October 27, 2019

Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King

Nighthawk Interactive is releasing Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King this Tuesday so I flipped through my old gaming magazines to find coverage of the originals. While the new games have various upgrades, such as upscaled graphics, customizable controls, filters, a rewind button, and instant saves, I'd say the old reviews are applicable. Of course, the games were very well received in the '90s which is why they are being re-released more than 20 years later. Developed by Digital Eclipse, the collection is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC. It includes the Genesis and Game Boy versions of Aladdin and the Genesis, Game Boy, and Super NES versions of The Lion King. There is also a new "Final Cut" of Aladdin featured that has some bug fixes, camera and difficulty adjustments, and a few surprises.

Most of the reviews below are from Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) but I couldn't find any for the Game Boy versions. I'm including all the reviews I came across even though they aren't all part of the new collection, such as the Game Gear games and the Super NES' Aladdin (developed by Capcom) which was different from the Genesis release. As I often do, I cut up the EGM reviews in order to line them up with the review crew page so you can see who said what. Mike Weigand isn't part of the core four scoring, he wrote the very brief sidebar reviews which is all EGM did for the Genesis version of The Lion King. Aside from EGM, there is also Aladdin coverage from Sega Visions.

Disney's Aladdin

EGM #54
EGM #52
EGM #58

Sega Visions - December/January 1994

The Lion King

EGM #64
EGM #64
EGM #65

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