Remembering....Disney Video Games
Updated: Apr 17, 2020
They looked better at the time promise.
I got my first video game console: a PlayStation at around 5 or 6 years old and as one of my main interests back then (and still now!) was Disney films, I got plenty of Disney branded video games on PlayStation and other consoles over the years.
Considering it is Mickey Mouse's 90th Birthday coming up in November I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane and reminisce the Disney video games that I grew up playing.
A lot of the images I've included are super old so aren't the best quality, sorry about that!
A note: I've decided to keep the Kingdom Hearts series out of this list. Although it does include Disney characters and story lines, I'm going to solely focus on Disney movie games. Plus, it would be pretty predictable coming from me!
Disney's Hercules (1997)
One of the first games I ever received on PS1 was Disney's Action Game Featuring Hercules (real name). The game is a 2D side scrolling platformer with some elements appearing 3D. The game loosely follows the events in the 1997 film. I would have played this game very young so I didn't get very far into it. I think I got 3/10 levels deep however got easily frustrated with it as there wasn't a save option - from what I remember - so if I lost all of my life I would have to start all the way back at level 1 again. Regardless of never completing it though, I had great fun playing those first 3 levels whilst listening the official film score as I bounced through each obstacle.
102 Dalmatians: Puppies To The Rescue (2000)
Okay so I played this game TO DEATH as a kid and like to revisit it every few years as it's just so fun and nostalgic! I originally played it on PC but it was also released on Game Boy, PS1 & the Sega Dreamcast. The game is a 3D platformer which is even more loosely based on the 102 Dalmatians (2000) movie. You choose to play as either Oddball or Domino, two of the main puppies from the film as they travel through London and other places dotted around the UK. Including, a snowy environment, a spooky forest, a toy factory and regents park rescuing their siblings as well as other Dalmatian puppies who have been trapped/kidnapped by Cruella DeVille. This game was so much fun and had boss fights, mini games and more which kept me busy for hours as a kid. I want to replay it right now!
The Little Mermaid II (2000)
I received the The Little Mermaid II PlayStation game a little while after first receiving my PS1. I was lucky enough to have an older cousin (spoiler alert: it’s Chris of NOWO) who worked at a leading video game store around this time who would always bring me home new games to play including Hercules & The Little Mermaid. Although this game is named after the 2000 film, it actually contains the story of both The Little Mermaid (1989) and The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000). For half of the game you play through as Ariel and the events of the first film and in the other half you play as Melody and adventure through her story. The game once again, is a 3D platformer except you are traversing through water for the majority of it which can prove to be difficult when manoeuvring Ariel and Melody. The film is full of small references to both films and is really fun if you're a fan of the movies.
Monsters Inc. Scare Island / Scream Team (2001)
Monsters Inc. Scare Island (or Scream Team for those of you outside Europe) was one of the first PlayStation games I ever played. The platforming game doesn't follow the film's premise and instead acts as like a monster training simulator. You play as either Mike or Sulley traversing through various worlds, collecting cans of Ooze which will power you up and scaring Nerve's (robot substitutes for children). Mike or Sulley must scare a certain amount of Nerves in order to graduate from Scare Island. To summarise, this is a really fun 3D platformer filled with film references and was great fun for 5 year old me.
The Incredibles (2004)
Seeing as The Incredibles has been my favourite Disney/Pixar film since I was 8 years old, the fact I had this game is no surprise. When I originally played it, I didn't get very far as kid me wasn't very good at games and didn't have a lot of patience. A decade or so later though when I was around 18 years old, I gave it another try and managed to finish it! That isn't to say that the game was any easier though. The game is once again, like most of the games I play; a 3D platformer. During each level you play as a different member of the Parr family where you navigate your way through the story based level which are specially designed with your characters powers in mind. I remember my favourite levels were when I got to play as Elastigirl and fling myself from building to building or as Dash where you had to run through basically an obstacle course without hitting anything in the time limit. I recently played Lego Incredibles (2018) on PS4 and even with the 14 year and 3 console evolution differences, I still say that the original PS2 game was more enjoyable than the latest Incredibles video game.
101 Dalmatian's Animated Storybook (1997)
Laugh all you want but I had some amazing times playing this point and click adventure game on PC back in the day! This game is mainly a retelling of the film's plot whilst also allowing the player to investigate every nook and cranny of each page in the 'storybook'. The game also has mini games you can play along the way like memory challenges, games of hide and seek and even musical numbers in which you can learn the words and sing along to! (Many of which I still remember word for word). I know this game isn't in the same league as the others on this list however it seemed criminal to leave it out when I had so many years of fun with it.
A Bug's Life (1998)
Although released 2 years prior, A Bug's Life the video game played pretty similar to 102 Dalmatian's Puppies to the Rescue (2000), this could be down to the fact that both were developed by Activision and released around the same time. Yet again, this game is another 3D platformer full of collectables, missions and places from the film to explore. I'll be honest, I remember playing this game around my friend's house as a kid and giving it a go but only for a couple of hours at most so I can't say I remember too much about it. If you've played more than I have though, you'll already know how fun it is.
Lilo & Stitch: Trouble in Paradise (2002)
Similar to what I said in A Bug's Life, I didn't play very much of this game either... how was kid Hope supposed to know that adult Hope would write this blog post one day! Perhaps due to the visuals or because it literally plays the same, this game reminds me a lot of the Crash Bandicoot series. Lilo & Stitch Trouble in Paradise is a 3D, side scrolling platformer? Let's go with that! The player will either play as Lilo or Stitch as they follow a path taking out any enemies that may appear whilst also collecting collectables and helpful aids along the way. I wish I could say more but that's pretty much all I remember.
Ducktales: Remastered (2013)
The Ducktales (awoooo!) Remastered game that I'm talking about here is actually, you guessed it: a remaster of the 1989 NES game. I've included this version and not the NES version simply because this is the one I've played. Ducktales is a side scrolling 2D platformer which incorporates all of your favourite Ducks from Scrooge McDuck to Huey, Duey & Louie as they fight their way through Beagle Boy upon Beagle Boy as well as any other boss that gets in their way. The remaster was released on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and even later released on android and IOS.
That's all of the games I could remember this time around, I know that some of you must have been expecting the likes of Toy Story 3 on PS3 or Disney's Aladdin on SNES in here but I chose to stick to games that I had vivid memories playing or that I really enjoyed and have revisited over the years. My wish now is that Disney will release all of my old favourites as remasters for the PS4!
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