Retro gaming on digital DRM-free platform GOG got even more entertaining with classic Disney platformers Aladdin, The Jungle Book and The Lion King.
It’s strange how time flies by. Even if I didn’t own a MegaDrive or SNES console back in the 90ies, the games didn’t pass me by unnoticed, as I used to play Aladdin on my PC (with the floppy disk version!) and The Jungle Book on the Master System. I’ve never considered myself a big Disney fan, but these earlier animated movies were just superb and hold up extremely well even today. Having been lucky some time ago to get a hold on a CD-ROM version of Aladdin at a flea market but not having played it yet, the announcement that these classic games finally arrived on GOG made me very happy.
I remember Aladdin to be as hard as nails with its difficulty curve, e.g. escaping the Cave of Wonders on a flying carpet, evading lava and falling rocks, The Lion King with that awesome 3D stampede running scene, playing both the young and adult Simba with varied platforming and fighting mechanics, while The Jungle Book had some fun but also frustrating fights with bananas against monkeys, swinging from vine to vine and jumping on bear Baloo’s stomach while rafting through rapid rivers (or was it the back of turtles?).
Make no mistake, these are all very difficult platformers, but they’re totally worth it. Despite the pixelated look, they capture the movies perfectly with some catchy original music, sublime animations and a generally fun level design full of surprises, something the era of 2D games did best. Sure, these are just the PC ports, but as the basis were the superior MegaDrive instead of Super Nintendo versions, these are worth the rather high asking price.
They’re now available for PC with a 10% discount individually, or if bought together as a bundle, they’re 33% off until August 8, 12:59 PM UTC.
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