When you think about some of the classic Disney movies what comes to mind? Is it the animation? Is it the tear-jerking story that is being told? Maybe it is the music that gets stuck in our heads. Disney has always had this formula for what works very well in its movies and made sure that the same standard translates to different platforms such as merchandise, attractions, and even games. So does developer Digital Eclipse and Publishers Nighthawk Interactive bring even more of the classic nostalgia? Let’s find out with Disney Classic Games Collection: Aladdin, The Lion King and The Jungle Book for PlayStation 4.
Disney Class Games Collection: Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Jungle Book is a collection of three Disney cherished versions of each of the games that have been available on previous 16-bit and handheld systems along with a collection of art and the story behind the making of the games. I previously reviewed Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King, but with this collection, I am going to focus more on what additionally is included. So to clear out any confusion, if you already own Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King, you can buy the Disney Classic Games Collection: Aladdin & and The Jungle Book pack to complete the collection. But as just so you know, if you own the digital version of the Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King and then get the physical edition of the Disney Classic Games Collection: Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Jungle Book, it will override the digital version and you will not lose any progress, but you will only be able to play the physical edition. With that said, let’s continue…
Starting the game, you are welcomed to the images of Aladdin, The Jungle Book, and The Lion King, and instantly for anyone of a fan of these movies along with the actors who provided the voices should bring an instant smile. R.I.P. Robin Williams. Then just as with the Disney Classic Games, you have a selection of Aladdin, The Lion King, or The Jungle Book. The Lion King content remains the same as before, but it’s the additional content for Aladdin and the new entry of The Jungle Book that completes this collection. You might be wondering what is new with the content for Aladdin, well now, both 16-bit console games from the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo versions along with being enhanced as well as the previous handheld versions of the game are now included.
But the newest addition is Disney’s Jungle Book which also includes the console and handheld versions of the game.
But not only can you adjust the screen with additional filters, change the backgrounds, play in full 1080p, and listen to the soundtracks from the game, there is still the additional content from the Museum Mode where you get to watch the game videos and view the game and movie art that really makes this feel like a continuation in the right direction for a Disney Classic Games Collection.
But one thing about these games is that regardless of age can be difficult at times. It’s not to say it’s not fun, but it’s ok to ask for help or I should say watch for help. In each of these games is the watch mode where you can watch the game being played, fast forward, rewind, pause it, and then you can continue to play yourself. So it does help when there is a more challenging part of the game that you may just need a little assistance with.
Let’s talk about the graphics and sound. Seeing these games in their original format to the enhanced 1080p along with the different backgrounds just brought nostalgia into our current generation. Seeing how simple things look and thinking back on how advanced they were at the time from seeing the handhelds to their 16-bit counterparts, really shows how far gaming has come. The sound is also simple, but effective as we still can remember hearing the songs and either singing them out loud or in our heads, still to this day holds a place in the hearts for many.
If there is anything I would love to see added is the addition of other Disney games like Disney’s Magical Quest, Castle of Illusion, and even Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers added and have an Ultimate Disney Games Collection.
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Jungle Book does bring the nostalgia and the memories we all had from the movies and the games. It still shows how well the developer has helped preserve so that gamers of all ages can truly enjoy either alone, with their parents, or even their own children so that everyone can enjoy them together. In life, we all age, but as we do, we start to learn it’s not about the physical items as much as it’s the memories and how the simple bare necessities will come to you.
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Jungle Book is out now digitally on the PlayStation Store and is also available in retail stores near you. Oh, and if you get the retail edition, there is a 1of 4 retro-style manual inside. A review copy was provided. To learn more about Digital Eclipse, please visit their site and follow them on Twitter. To learn more about Nighthawk Interactive, please visit their site and like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
In case you missed the trailer, please enjoy. Until next time, I have some memories to make.