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The Disney games you forgot existed

You know the best thing about calling something “classic”? It’s impossible to prove! Thus the marketing masters at Disney can apply it to even its biggest failure and rerelease them as if they’re in the same league as Snow White and Aladdin.

The Black Cauldron


Above: Based on the least “Disney” Disney movie 

After over a decade in development hell, Disney’s adaptation of Lloyd Alexander’s book series landed in theaters with all but a whimper. The game, however, has the distinction of being the most remade Sierra adventurer outside of the original King’s Quest.

Perhaps most of that is due to the involvement of miscreant developer, Al Lowe, creator of the immensely un-Disney Leisure Suit Larry games. Lowe received all of the beautiful, hand drawn backgrounds to work with, but whereas the movie is a disjointed product of twelve years and too many cooks, he rewarded players with more points for not following the action of the film. The game even featured six different endings! And we dare you to discover all of them, since you can download the game for FREE here.


Oliver and Company

You certainly shouldn’t worry, and you damned sure shouldn’t care if you missed this Disney game that hit the Amiga, Atari and PC. The best thing Oliver and Company had going was the Billy Joel tunes we just referenced. So, we won’t bore you with the details concerning collecting hotdogs on the streets of New York with an orphaned cat voiced by Blossom’s Joey “Whoa!” Lawrence.

Above: Street savoir faire circa 1989 


The Great Mouse Detective

An American Tail may’ve shamed The Great Mouse Detective, but Spielberg’s mouse didn’t get a game of his own until 1994… so there! Basil of Baker Street received top billing in his very platformer released in 1987 on a bunch of systems you’ve probably never heard of. Download it for free here.


Disney’s The Little Mermaid II Pinball Frenzy

The Game Boy Color was hardly a system of restraint. If you could license it, Nintendo had a portable place for you. Even Disney’s most moronic direct-to-DVD title got a GBC game to call their own, but The Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy really set the bar sky high in terms of sheer exploitation. Finally, a game no one asked for, based on a sequel fans hated, representing a genre its intended demographic was too young to remember… Remarkable!


Above: Yes it was

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25 comments

  • Mysticgamer - September 25, 2009 2:33 p.m.

    Actually, I think the title should be Disney games you never heard of because I never Oliver and Company had a computer game or Fantasia had an Atari game. Although, I did rent Pinocchio and Jungle book when they came out.
  • Nodoudt - September 24, 2009 10:38 p.m.

    Geeez, I used to watch all these as a kid! Shame on me for forgetting they even existed! Hah, you guys sure know how to hit home.. reCaptcha: ABM pyorrhea <---WTF?!
  • RandomIdoit - September 24, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    whoa... there are TWO cyberninjas? weird. but anyways I always love it when GR makes fun of old, sucky games. (not all old games are sucky but by the ones in this article are.)
  • JC182 - September 24, 2009 7:46 p.m.

    i used to have the toy story game. it was acually kinda fun
  • dweller - September 24, 2009 2:40 p.m.

    I had Fantasia as a kid. I thought it was ridiculously hard but it pissed me off because it was a Disney game. Anyway, I played it years later before I got a PS1 and beat the game. So take that magical Mickey!
  • MrWordman - September 24, 2009 2:28 a.m.

    Hahahaha "Please, I'm a very private elephant." Gotta love Chris. Keep it up man.
  • Romination - September 24, 2009 1:23 a.m.

    I remember there was a game where you played as Mickey and you had to mix and match colours for...some reason... it was for the genesis...that's all i know. there was also a gamecube point and click adventure, too
  • manmeatpizza - September 22, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    I bet Chris had a ball writing this and the other articals. I certainly had fun reading it.
  • Terro - September 22, 2009 8:35 p.m.

    Don't insult Cyberninja! He might accuse you of bullying him, like he did with me even though I'd never seen him before >_> And Disney is awesome. Look at the Toy Story game. I want it NAO.
  • Cyberninja4 - September 22, 2009 8:08 p.m.

    wow disney is awful only 4 year olds like it
  • Dalibor - September 22, 2009 8:05 p.m.

    I remember watching the Tail Spin cartoon. That seemed like ages ago haha. How far gaming has come is mind blowing.
  • peace4me - September 22, 2009 7:04 p.m.

    Wow the only game i remember on this list is toy story and i only remember that because of the level with the aliens. i never could pass it....
  • erickalessandrini - September 22, 2009 7 p.m.

    I played Darwing duck from this list but i also played Ducktales, Mickey Mousecapade and Chip n Dale. The soundtrack was the best thing of these games
  • NotBraze - September 22, 2009 6:46 p.m.

    I remember Fantasia, not only was it boring, but it was hard to play. Granted I was 8 the last time I gave it a go but still, I never made it past the second level.
  • ensabahnur - September 23, 2009 2:12 p.m.

    I remember playing fantasia on the genesis and tale spin, i remmeber tale spin and not liking it but i liked fantasia, will have to whip out the emulator for that and also i have to try Duck Tales, great stuff Chris, keep it coming.
  • Tobio - September 23, 2009 5:32 a.m.

    Jungle book was my very first game on my very first system: the Gameboy Color. Now, it's kinda awkward.
  • jar-head - September 23, 2009 2:02 a.m.

    90's ftw
  • SausageLozenge - September 23, 2009 1:54 a.m.

    Remember when Disney had quality programming?
  • NelosAngelos - September 22, 2009 11:29 p.m.

    I've played some of these before. I liked Bonkers, even if the game was hard as hell.
  • wrapdump - September 22, 2009 10:34 p.m.

    You forgot Ariel The Little Mermaid on megadrive. Maybe you didn't forget it, but I wish I could. Damn it was bad, but at least it was only two levels long.

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