A Blast from the Past with Aladdin and Lion King on the Nintendo Switch (Review)
Aladdin and Lion King
Description via Nintendo:
Two of the most beloved Disney games of all time make their long-awaited return to modern consoles in Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King! This unforgettable package of Disney classics is filled with tons of new features, enhancements, game modes, and display options, plus multiple versions of the games! Join Aladdin and his sidekick, Abu, as they race through the marketplace toward their date with destiny. Relive Aladdin’s classic adventure as you travel through Agrabah, the Cave of Wonders and more to defeat Jafar and rescue Jasmine. Jump, fight, dodge and carpet-ride your way through this adventure, collecting gems along the way. The Lion King brings to life the majesty and mystery of Africa through the tale of Simba, a lion cub faced with the challenging transition to maturity. Now, you too can be part of the adventure! Driven into the wilderness by his evil uncle Scar, Simba finds salvation and Hakuna Matata with Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat. Tackle heinous hyenas in the elephant’s graveyard, avoid the trampling hooves of stampeding wildebeest as you battle through 10 levels to ensure Simba claims his rightful place as The Lion King.
First Impressions :
This was a total blast from my past and I thought I was a kid again playing both of these titles. Graphics are a lot cleaner,but remain the same as they were back when they first released. Controls are still hard if you have problems with platformers like I do. The bundle is 100% a trip down memory lane and also a great way for Disney fans old and new to have two games from iconic films on their Nintendo Switch. The other bonuses, such as other versions of the game and even the Japanese release, were a nice touch. You can adjust the difficulty, as well, if you find it too challenging.
A few hours of practice should have you going through the game with ease, although Lion King has also been the harder of the two. Aladdin you can get through with less difficulty. I also should mention the helpful rewind feature and watch feature, as well as the museum. The museum gives you a look at behind the scenes concept art from the games.
The graphics for both Aladdin and Lion King remain true, but have been cleaned up immensely. Details are more vivid and it’s easier to see where you are supposed to go now. You can also change the screen size via the settings in the menu. If you want to play full screen I highly recommend you do so; it makes gameplay far easier.
The gameplay remains the same. It’s a platformer with a story, reliving iconic moments from The Lion King and Aladdin. Both are still iconic, retro titles, played on the original systems even today. Controls take getting used to and for those who don’t play platformers on a regular basis, so practice practice practice! The game is a great time waster if you want more of a challenge and a retro game to try out.
Overall I highly recommend this title and hope more retro Disney games make their way to the Nintendo Switch.
A copy of the game was provided by the publisher for this review