Ariel the Little Mermaid

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This article is about the Sega video game. For the character, see Ariel (Disney character).
Ariel the Little Mermaid
European cover art for the game Ariel the Little Mermaid.jpg
European Mega Drive cover art
Developer(s) Blue Sky Software
Programmer(s) Barbara Michalec
Ronald Thompson
Karl Robillard[a]
Composer(s) D'Cuckoo[b]
Platform(s) Sega Genesis, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System
Release date(s) Genesis
  • NA: 1992
  • EU: 1992
  • SK: 1992
Game Gear
Master System
  • BR: 1992/1993/November, 1996[c]
Genre(s) Action, Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Disney's Ariel the Little Mermaid, usually shorted to simply Ariel the Little Mermaid, is a 1992 video game developed by Blue Sky Software for the Sega Genesis, Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System, based on the 1989 film The Little Mermaid.

A Master System version was released in either 1992, 1993 or November 1996, exclusively in Brazil by Tec Toy.

Gameplay and plot[edit]

Despite being based on the 1989 movie, the game's story bears little resemblance to that of the movie. The player guides one of Ariel or King Triton through underwater levels similarly to the game Ecco the Dolphin, and can move in any direction. Despite who the player selects, both characters play the same, and feature two attacks for defeating enemies, a "normal" and a "special". Side characters from the film, like Flounder and Sebastian make appearances, and can aid the player in their quest.

There are a total of 5 stages, 4 regular, each featuring a boss fight at the end, with the fifth one being exclusively a final boss fight against antagonist Ursula.


The Genesis version of Ariel the Little Mermaid has received mixed to negative reviews. AllGame gave the game a somewhat positive review, stating a young child may enjoy it, but older or more skilled players should stick to more challenging/overall better Disney games, recommending titles Aladdin and The Lion King.

The Video Game Critic gave the game its lowest score of 0/10, saying it "sucks from the minute you begin playing."[1]


  1. ^ This is for the Genesis version. it is unknown if they also composed for the other versions.
  2. ^ D'Cuckoo composed the Genesis music. it is unknown if they also composed for the other versions.
  3. ^ The exact release date for the Master System version is unknown; sources claim the game was released in one of 1992, 1993 or November 1996.


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