Disney has made a lot of movies and with most of those movies have come video games. Many are made to be released with the movie while others are to celebrate the many other awesome Disney characters. Here are the best video games Disney has put out in my humble opinion.
- Adventures in the Magic Kingdom – Released 1990 for NES: Players must complete five different stages, modeled after rides in Disney theme parks, as well as a trivia quest in order to retrieve the set of keys. Players choose which stage to play by walking around the park in the game’s overworld map. This game is old but still one of the only Disney Park games out there. Any game wher eyou can play a Haunted Mansion level has got to be good.
- Duck Tales – Released 1989 for NES/Game Boy: Play as Scrooge McDuck through five levels. The levels are African Mines, The Amazon, The Himalayas, Transylvania, and The Moon. The player can visit any of the destinations to pursue the treasures in any order. However, The African Mines and Transylvania must be revisited to acquire certain essential items. Each destination’s treasure is protected by a boss that Scrooge must defeat to retrieve. When all five main treasures are collected, the player returns to Transylvania for a final boss fight. The game was remastered in 2013 for new age consoles and still holds up. If you liked classic platformers that were a challenge, this is a game for you.
- Aladdin – Released in 1993 for Sega Gensis: The player controls Aladdin, who must make his way through several levels based on locations from the movie: from the streets and rooftops of Agrabah, the Cave of Wonders and the Sultan’s dungeon to the final confrontation in Grand Vizier Jafar’s palace. The Sultan’s guards and also animals of the desert want to hinder Aladdin on his way. Next to apples, Aladdin can also collect gems which can be traded for lives and continues from a traveling peddler. Finding Genie or Abu icons enables bonus rounds. Sega had better graphics than NES which felt like you were playing the game which was a cool thing at the time. I’m not sure anyone has yet to beat it. That game was tough!
- Lion King – Released in 1994 for Sega Genesis/Super NES: The Lion King is a side-scrolling platform game in which players control the protagonist, Simba, through the events of the film, going through both child and adult forms as the game progresses. In the first half of the game, players control Simba as a child, who primarily defeats enemies by jumping on them. Simba also has the ability to roar, using up a replenishable meter, which can be used to stun enemies, make them vulnerable, or solve puzzles. Midway through the game, players play through a unique stampede level in which they must avoid wildebeest and rocks. Since the game was released right after Aladdin, it had a very similar feel. Hard as hell to beat but fun playing as your new favorite Disney character.
- Kingdom Hearts – Released in 2002 for Playstation 2: Kingdom Hearts is a video game series combo between Disney characters and Square Enix characters. The first game introduces the main characters (Sora, Kairi and Riku) of the series, and establishes the plot’s framework involving hearts and dark beings known as the Heartless. It also established the role of Disney characters in the series, with character cameos from the Final Fantasy series. The series is a RPG. A role-playing game is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting or through a process of structured decision-making or character development. These games are long but so worth it with a deep, interesting story where characters move throughout Disney worlds.
- Epic Mickey – Released in 2010 for Wii: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who was one of Walt Disney’s first successful cartoon characters before the character was licensed under the ownership of Universal Studios. Epic Mickey is primarily a platform game and allows players to use their own solutions for getting through the levels. Mickey needs to restore the world and gain oswald’s trust. The game’s key feature is the magic paint brush, which Mickey wields, that has the ability to draw or erase objects using paint and paint thinner. For example, obstacles can be erased from physical existence using the thinner and then restored using the paint, or enemies can be befriended by revitalizing them with the paint or destroyed completely using the thinner. This game shows Mickey in a new light where he isn’t super cute or innocent. It was one of the best games for the Wii and made Mickey a badass.
- Pirates of the Caribbean Lego – Released in 2011 for Xbox/Nintendo/PlayStation: Play as Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa, Davy Jones and all the other Pirates of the Caribbean characters, each with their own personalities. Experience different sequences from all four PotC films in the “LEGO twist” that takes players from the port of San Juan to the pirate haven of Tortuga and everywhere in-between. Between the story and the co-op mode, players can keep busy in this lego world for a while. The best part is, LEGO Jack Sparrow runs like the actual character.
- Disney Infinity – Released in 2013 for Xbox/Nintendo/PlayStation: Disney Infinity is an action-adventure game with physical toys, open world creation, and story-driven game-play. Characters, playsets, and other features are brought into the game using figurines and discs with the included Infinity Base. There are two main modes in this game: Play Set and Toy Box. Each playset is essentially a self-contained world with its own gameplay, based on a specific film or series with recognizable characters and storylines. In play set mode, you could earn items, tools, and characters to use in Toy Box mode. Characters from one world cannot enter into another world, but players can put any characters together in Toy Box mode. Toy Box is a sandbox mode that players can fully customize and explore, and you earn items, tools, and characters to customize and explore from play sets. Collectibles and a video game in one. That is a hard one to beat. It does beat up the wallet but there are money sales for this game since they are phasing it out.