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Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King - PlayStation 4
- Two of the most beloved Disney games of all time make their long-awaited return to modern consoles in Disney Classic Games: Aladdinand The Lion King!
- Thisunforgettable package of Disney classicsisfilled with tons of new features, enhancements, game modes, and display options, plus multiple versions of the games!
- Join Aladdinand his sidekick, Abu, as they race through the marketplace toward their date with destiny.
- The Lion Kingbrings to life the majesty and mystery of Africa through the tale of Simba, a lion cub faced with the challenging transition to maturity. Now, you too can be part of the adventure!
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Two of the most beloved Disney games of all time make their long-awaited return to modern consoles in Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King! This unforgettable package of Disney classics is filled with tons of new features, enhancements, game modes, and display options, plus multiple versions of the games! Join Aladdin and his sidekick, Abu, as they race through the marketplace toward their date with destiny. Relive Aladdin’s classic adventure as you travel through Agrabah, the Cave of Wonders and more to defeat Jafar and rescue Jasmine. Jump, fight, dodge and carpet-ride your way through this adventure, collecting gems along the way. The Lion King brings to life the majesty and mystery of Africa through the tale of Simba, a lion cub faced with the challenging transition to maturity. Now, you too can be part of the adventure! Driven into the wilderness by his evil uncle Scar, Simba finds salvation and Hakuna Matata with Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat. Tackle heinous hyenas in the elephant’s graveyard, avoid the trampling hooves of stampeding wildebeest as you battle through 10 levels to ensure Simba claims his rightful place as The Lion King. • Multiple Game Versions: Play through several different versions of the beloved Aladdin and The Lion King games that have been created over the years, including both console and handheld versions. An all-new “Final Cut” version of Aladdin, developed exclusively for this collection, is also included and features difficulty adjustments, camera refinements, bug fixes, as well as a few additional surprises for fans. • Display Options and Updated Visuals: o 1080P graphics and enhancements for modern HD TVs o Adjustable screen aspect ratios and borders o Custom filter options designed to replicate classic CRT TVs and other popular screen types • In-Game Rewind: Instantly rewind any of the games in real-time in order to retry difficult areas • Interactive Game Viewer: View full game playthroughs, with the ability to skip forward, jump in, and start playing at any point • Save Feature: Quickly save your progress in each of the games and continue your adventure wherever and whenever you want • Museum Features: Take a journey behind-the-scenes and learn more about the creation of these incredible games. Watch video interviews with the original development teams or explore numerous galleries containing hundreds of previously unreleased HD concept images and marketing assets.
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Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King is a compilation of games that stem from the early-to-mid 1990s, an era where licensed movie tie-in games were extremely common. Another commonality of the era was that often the same license would be distributed to different developers for different platforms, so the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis versions of games would often be markedly different despite sharing the title and source material. This leads to the biggest disappointment, and quite frankly, the reason this set gets 4 stars instead of 5 from me: the SNES version of Aladdin is missing. All of the titles on this set were developed by Virgin Interactive, but Capcom developed the SNES version of Aladdin and evidently the parties were unable to negotiate its inclusion into this package. That fact is disappointing, as the SNES version of Aladdin is quite good and very different from the Sega Genesis counterpart.
The games that are included are the Sega Genesis version of Aladdin, the Game Boy and Game Boy Color ports of the same game, a "Final Cut" version of Aladdin which includes several bug fixes and smaller improvements, and a trade show demo from a trade show in Chicago in 1993 which shows an in-development version of the first level of the game. The Lion King games include the SNES, Sega Genesis, and Game Boy versions.
All of the games play wonderfully and are phenomenally emulated. They look and sound exactly as you would expect. The SNES version of The Lion King is a particular treat from an audio standpoint, featuring an excellent array of remixed music from the Hans Zimmer film score. The set includes all of the features you'd expect: backgrounds, different screen size options, button mapping, etc. There is also the option to turn on certain cheats such as stage select or invincibility, which help but some of the cheats deactivate trophies/achievements (the ones available from the main menu; cheats entered in the games themselves do not).
The biggest improvement to these games is the ability to rewind by tapping or holding L1. In the 1990s, the rise and popularity of Blockbuster Video and similar rental stores irked game publishers. Consequently, some games were specifically designed to combat that by being virtually unbeatable in a single weekend rental. The Lion King is one such game. The first stage is extremely easy, but the second stage, themed around "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," is extremely difficult, featuring complex-for-a-kids-game puzzle segments and several auto-run sections where death is practically assured. Using the rewind feature, you can simple try a jump again. As a kid, I completed the second level of The Lion King exactly once. As an adult, I have no shame in admitting that I abused the Rewind feature to get through it. The Rewind feature, unlike the more formal cheats, does not deactivate trophies either.
One minor gripe about trophies is that there are 15, 12 of which come from playing the Aladdin games. The only Lion King-related trophies are for beating the game on its various difficulty levels. There are far more creative ways to implement trophies than this, and it is disappointing to see how they were utilized in this game.
Finally, the collection includes an incredible volume of extras. Videos of the games' production, key art, excerpts from style guides, music players--it really is pretty much everything you could ever ask for in terms of digging into the games' history.
If you grew up with the original versions of these games, this is a great way to re-experience them. I'd sooner pop in the PS4 disc or Switch cart than pull out my original cartridges for them. With the live-action remakes that came out in 2019, many kids may be interested in experiencing the original animated movies and possibly their tie-in games. This is easily the best way for kids (and adults) to experience these games thanks to the rewind feature which makes them far more playable and fun and removes the frustration factor. An underwhelming trophy list and the absence of the SNES version of Aladdin are disappointing and the latter materially impacts my overall score, but these should not deter anyone from buying this set. This is doubly true if you grew up with these games and now have kids of your own--it's a wonderful way to share these games with a new generation and make for some fun family experiences.
They added some amazing features here that I would love to see more of for future releases. Not only is every version of each game included, they even added some unreleased or "patched" versions of the game. One mode allows you to play the game in the way the developers intended, if they had more time during the original development. It's a genius concept and deserves praise.
This package brings nostalgia in the sense that they are just as bad and frustrating as you remember. Good luck tossing Scare off that cliff Simba! I would much rather spend my time in the places the light can't touch than play these for more than a laugh.
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My little has been enjoying working her way through the games!