One of the greatest games of the 16-bit generation is Aladdin. The version I am talking about today is the one that was released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. While the Super Nintendo version that was made by Capcom was a fine game, most people agree that the Sega version was where it was at.
Do You Trust Me?
The game manages to follow the plot of the movie perfectly. They have made some high-quality stills that tell the story. If you already know the story, you will like how close the game is. If for some strange reason you do not, you can learn all about it here. During this era, games were not as story-driven as they are now, especially licensed ones. This game though is very faithful to the movie it is based on.
Nice Moves, Street Rat!
It is impossible to talk about Aladdin without talking about the presentation of the game. I would class this as one of the best-looking games the console has to offer. Actual Disney animators were heavily involved with this game and it shows. The animation is some of the best you will ever see and the graphics are phenomenal. The character models are nice and large and each stage is based on a scene from the movie and has a ton of little background details that bring it to life.
To go along with these amazing visuals is a truly amazing soundtrack. It features some great original tunes, but it is the way the Mega Drive/Genesis brings to life the songs from the movie that really stands out for me. It does feature a tiny bit of voice acting as well which is “cool” as Aladdin would say.
A Whole New World
The gameplay is just as good as the presentation. This is an action platformer where the goal is to get to the end of each level. Sometimes you get to play an Abu mini game and there is a nice variety of stages. For example, some are more combat-heavy and others are more platform-based. My favorite stage is the one where you are trying to escape the Cave of Wonders on the Flying Carpet.
Aladdin can use his sword to defeat enemies, but he can also collect apples which he can use as a projectile attack. My only criticism of the gameplay is that this game has the “Virgin” screen snapping. For some reason during this era, games made by Virgin had this thing where when you turned from left to right the screen would snap. It is not game-breaking and you do get used to it, but it can be annoying.
Sega owners back in the 90s were spoiled for choice when it came to Disney games. Not only is Aladdin one of the best Disney games for the Genesis/Mega Drive. I would also say it is one of the best games on the console in general. It is a fantastic action platformer and one that I feel everyone needs to play through at least once. It is a fun game to play, it has a lot of variety to the levels and it is gorgeous to look at and sounds just as good too!
- It captures the spirit of the movie very well
- The game looks phenomenal
- I loved the soundtrack
- The gameplay is a lot of fun
- I like how large some of the levels are
- The screen snapping thing can be annoying
- There is no password or game save so you have to beat it in one sitting
Processor: PC compatible, P-133
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode