Disney's Aladdin (1994 video game)

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Aladdin
Disney's Aladdin.jpg
Cover art for the North American Sega Game Gear version
Developer(s)SIMS
Publisher(s)Sega
Composer(s)Yoko Wada
Platform(s)Game Gear, Master System
Release
Genre(s)Action, platformer
Mode(s)Single-player

Disney's Aladdin is a 1994 video game developed by SIMS Co., Ltd. for the Game Gear[1] and Master System.[2] Based on the film of the same name, Disney's Aladdin is a side-scrolling platform game in which the player character is Aladdin.[3]

The Genesis game differs markedly from the 8-bit game on the Game Gear and Master System.[2]

Development[edit]

The Walt Disney Company gave Sega a license to create Aladdin games for both the Game Gear and the Sega Genesis because of Sega's previous successes with other Disney video games, such as Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and QuackShot.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
EGM30 / 40[5]
GamePro14.5 / 20[6]
Consoles +88%[7]
Guardiana89%[2]
Joypad86%[8]
Player One88%[9]
Sonic the Comic85%[10]
Awards
PublicationAward
GameProBest Game Gear Game (CES)[11]
Complex25 Greatest Handheld Games of All Time[12]

GamePro named Disney's Aladdin the best Game Gear game at the 1994 Consumer Electronics Show, remarking, "Gorgeous background graphics and detailed, quick-moving sprites make this a magical adventure, indeed."[11] Their subsequent review of the game was more critical. Though they maintained that the graphics are exceptionally good, they criticized the controls and the beginner-level challenge, commenting, "It would have been better to spend less money on the animated sequences and more on putting better game play into the cart."[6] Four reviewers from Electronic Gaming Monthly wrote reviews of the game, with Ed Semrad giving the game a 9/10 rating and the other three (Danyon Carpenter, Al Manuel, Sushi-X) giving it a 7/10 rating.[5]

Legacy[edit]

In 2013, Complex listed the game as one of the 25 best handheld video games made, arguing that it combines elements of two other Disney's Aladdin video games: the Super Nintendo Entertainment System game and the Genesis game.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aladdin" (in French). JeuxVideo. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Test Aladdin" (in French). Guardiana. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Kyle Knight. "Disney's Aladdin". AllGame. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Ken Horowitz (March 11, 2014). "Behind the Design: Disney's Aladdin". Sega-16. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Aladdin". Electronic Gaming Monthly (58). May 1994. p. 40.
  6. ^ a b "ProReview: Disney's Aladdin". GamePro (58). IDG. May 1994. p. 128.
  7. ^ http://download.abandonware.org/magazines/Consoles%20Plus/consoleplus_numero031/Consoles%20%2B%20031%20-%20Page%20142%20(avril%201994).jpg
  8. ^ Joypad, issue 30, page 113
  9. ^ http://download.abandonware.org/magazines/Player%20One/playerone_numero041/Player%20One%20n%B041%20(Avril%201994)%20-%20Page%20104.jpg
  10. ^ Sonic the Comic, issue 23, pages 10-11
  11. ^ a b "CES Showstoppers". GamePro (57). IDG. April 1994. pp. 74–81.
  12. ^ a b Knight, Rich (June 10, 2013). "The 25 Greatest Handheld Games of All Time". Complex. Retrieved January 17, 2016.

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