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While licensed games are still something of a crapshoot when it comes to quality, every generation there are exceptions. Back in the 16-bit era, several of those exceptions came courtesy of Disney. Now GoG.com has announced that three old school platformers from back in those days, Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Jungle Book are now available to purchase. The best part is, it's the best version of Aladdin, the one from the Sega Genesis.
Good Old Games is the place to go if you're looking for those classic games from back in the day. They're usually not too expensive, and they're completely free of any DRM, allowing the players to use them however they see fit. Today, GOG.com released a trio of platformers from the era of the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis. The games are available for $9.99 each, or as a bundle of three for $29.97. Although, all of the individual games, as well as the bundle, are currently discounted.
While The Lion King and The Jungle Book games are probably not widely regarded these days, the former got fairly negative reviews upon release, the latter was mediocre at best, there are surely some who have fond memories of playing them as a kid. However, the third game in the set, Aladdin, is a different story. While Lion King and Jungle Book saw identical releases on both the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo. Aladdin saw it's license get turned into two, very different games. The version created for the Genesis is widely viewed as a classic of both the genre and the console itself.
Electronic Gaming Monthly actually called Aladdin the Genesis Game of the Year back in 1993. It was one of the few Genesis games I truly remember loving myself. While platformers were never really my bag, Aladdin was just too much fun, mostly because of the music which was recreated well from the movie considering how limited the capabilities for that were in the 16-bit era.
The Super Nintendo version of Aladdin was handled by Capcom, not Virgin, as these three titles were, and while it wasn't quite as good as the Genesis version, it was a solid game in its own right. Can we dare to hope that there will be a new Disney platforming three-pack down the line that includes the SNES Aladdin, Ducktales, and Chip N' Dale: Rescue Rangers?
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