Who doesn’t love The Lion King? Aladdin on the Sega Mega Drive and the Super Nintendo even though they were different games were both fantastic. The Lion King had a tough act to follow. For this game, Disney had it so each console as well as the PC got the same game. The only real differences are the quality of visuals and the sound. So, no matter if you are playing on Sega, SNES, or PC you are getting a very similar experience.
I Just Can’t Wait To Be King
One pretty neat thing is that they managed to follow the plot of the movie pretty well. The game has you starting out as young Simba and then you eventually play as adult Simba. The game does not have much story and it is lacking in cut scenes which Aladdin did have. However, if you have seen The Lion King movie then you will feel right at home here.
Disney Seal Of Quality
One thing that this game and Aladdin have in common is they look fantastic. Disney animators once again lent a helping hand here and it certainly shows. I feel this is most evident for the levels where you play as young Simba as the way he moves is great. The whole game looks fantastic and has the lush jungles and the darker tones of the later part of the movie as well.
As well as looking good, The Lion King sounds amazing! It features all of the songs from the movie and they sound great, but there are also some very impressive voice samples here as well. The whole game from the way it looks to the way it sounds is an absolute pleasure.
The Pride Lands Are A Rough Place
I hate to keep talking about Aladdin, but that game managed to get the blend of looking like a Disney movie, but still being fun to play down really well. The Lion King is not a bad game, but it is not as good as Aladdin. You play as both cub and mature Simba and each one has a very different play style. Young Simba is more about running and jumping, older Simba is more about slapping stuff around. The game also has a bit of variety in Timon and Pumba sections and a few “running” sections.
These running sections can be brutal. The second level in the game is the “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” part of the movie. It looks great, it sounds great, but it is very, very frustrating to play. The whole game can be frustrating and it demands a great deal from the player. I bet younger kids who got this for Christmas in 1994 were very frustrated. The collision detection can be just a tad off, but it is more the brutal difficulty in general that makes this such a tough game.
I liked The Lion King, I feel that the Super Nintendo version is the best, but the other two are nearly as good. You have to know coming into this that it is a very, very challenging time. I would bet many people get to the I Just Can’t Wait to Be King level and shut the game off. If you are willing to roll up your sleeves and let out a loud roar and get good at the game, you will find getting to the end of it a rewarding experience.
- The game looks amazing!
- Some awesome chiptune renditions of classic songs
- You can play as young and old Simba
- There is a nice variety to the gameplay
- It feels very rewarding when you beat the game
- The game is very, very tough, perhaps too tough for a game aimed at kids
- Sometimes (mainly when playing as older Simba) the collision detection feels a bit off
Processor: PC compatible, P-100
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode