While The Jungle Book may not get the same amount of attention that Aladdin or even The Lion King gets. This was another smash hit Disney game that was released in the 90s. It came out right around the time we got Aladdin and The Lion King so expectations were pretty high for this game. I always say that for the most part games based on Disney properties are good and this one is no different.
From Screen To Screen
The game follows the plot of the movie pretty well. Each stage (of which there are 9) will give you a brief introduction and sets things up. It tells the story of the movie and each level is based around a certain aspect of the movie. Taking on Kaa for example, dealing with King Louie and going down the river with Baloo. Even though stories were not a huge deal in platform games during this time, The Jungle Book manages to stay pretty faithful to the source material.
Was This Animated By Walt?
One thing that the three Disney games that were released around this time all have in common is the animation. Once again, it is fantastic and Mowgli looks awesome and he climbs, swings, and does what a man cub does. The whole game is really easy on the eyes with levels being full of little details and the characters from the movie looking just like they are supposed to do. I will say that as far as visuals go, Sega certainly has Nintendo beat this time around! Both versions look great, but Sega is just that little bit better.
Whisper In My Ear
The soundtrack is just as good as the visuals. It has many of the fun songs from the movie and they are all instantly recognizable. The Jungle Book also has a bit of voice in the game which is great. These sound pretty good too, even the Sega version sounds nice and clear.
It Is Not Easy Being A Man Cub
The gameplay is probably what you would expect, but like other Disney platformers, this game is far from easy. You have nice stages to beat with each one being based on a certain aspect of the movie. Each stage has a time limit and you are required to find a certain number of items before you exit. The difficulty level will dictate how many items you find. You either give the items to a friendly character or you will fight a boss at the end of each level.
Mowgli controls well enough and as well as exploration looking for stuff. You also need to deal with enemies. You can shoot bananas, rocks, and seeds at the enemies. It is far from an easy game as the timer always keeps you on your toes. What really makes the game hard is the lack of continues! It means you have to beat this is one sitting which can be tough.
I would probably put this game behind Aladdin, but ahead of The Lion King in terms of this early to mid-90-s Disney trilogy of games we got. The Jungle Book is a fun time and it captures the feel of the movie very well. It can be a tad frustrating in places and I feel that the game probably would have been better overall if they got rid of the time limit. Still, if you want a game that is going to test your platforming skills, give this one a try. Just be warned it is way tougher than it looks!
- The game is just like the movie
- The character animations are amazing
- Features some impressive voice samples and music tracks
- It is a very challenging platformer
- It is a bit of a hidden gem
- The lack of continues makes the game way harder
- The collision detection can on rare occasions feel a tad off
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode