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The Disney games you forgot existed


Before Disney had an entire channel devoted to animated programming it didn’t produce, it served up a daily syndicated block of quality programming loved by millions throughout the ‘90s. Shame the same can’t be said about the games…


DuckTales: The Quest for Gold


Above: This is not the DuckTales you’re looking for

It should be instantly apparent we’re not talking about the cherished Capcom/NES classic, right? Those with cartridge deficient game platforms had to settle for this version featuring a hodgepodge of games types.

In order to defend your title of “Richest Duck in the World” you could fly a plane, rock climb, explore caves, cross a jungle river, and even the long neglected Webby got in on the game with a little photography action.


Above: “Please, I’m a very private elephant”


Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers: The Adventure in Nimnul's Castle

Similar to the DuckTales abomination above, the Rescue Rangers were also featured in a DOS exclusive completely lost to time. Playing primarily as Chip with a computer assisted Dale, players had to navigate nine levels of Dr. Norton Nimnul’s perilous castle in order to free Monterey Jack from a mouse trap. So no, the stakes weren’t very high.


Above: Sorta hard to see the chipmunks since their dermis is colored just a shade off Dirt


TaleSpin


Above: Yes, that’s Baloo… flying upside down… through a stadium… littered with turrets and enormous cherries

Who could forget TV’s airship strewn, Jungle Book spin-off with the catchy calypso theme song?! Yet when compared to Capcom’s earlier efforts, TaleSpin was a bit of a bizarre let down. We know: Given the widespread popularity of Disney Afternoons and the NES, chances are you probably have heard of it. But we’re not here to talk about that game…

It’s the TurboGrafx-16 version that somehow managed to out oddball the NES version with its hyper obscure status and a presentation unsettlingly reminiscent of those CD-i Mario and Zelda games.


Above: WHOOOOOOH!!

As if TaleSpin’s premise of bringing the Jazzy animals from 1967’s Jungle Book into a Miyazaki-esque setting of sky swashbucklin’ weren’t already batshit enough, you’ve got the craptastic guts of the TurboGrafx-16 producing screenshots like these, which are infinitely more fun to look at than actually experience. Though, to the game’s credit, it may have the greatest art Disney gaming has ever seen!


Darkwing Duck

Whereas the NES version of Darkwing Duck was fortunate enough to be built upon the architecture of Mega Man, this version spawned from the monstrosity you just witnessed. Once again, what should have been a 16-bit superior ended up as a poorly balanced sidescroller featuring underwhelming music and design. In other words: A TurboGrafix-16 game.


Above: Who cares


Bonkers

Bonkers is notable solely for being the failed result of trying to adapt Who Framed Roger Rabbit for television. What was planned to be a world where classic Disney characters and humans could co-exist, ended up as a forgettable kids show starring a cat-like thing and diminished cameos from Disney’s C-List when rights issues reared their ugly head. Why wouldn’t the game reflected that?


Not pictured: The Mermaid’s Voice and that’s about it

Bonkers police mission was to recover a few stolen items with only the vaguest connection to Disney, while you run, jump, blah, blah, blah… Basically, you’re looking at the death rattle of Capcom’s once proud Disney Afternoon glory. Sad, really. Either due to a weak license, bored developers, or an aging gamer demographic, this old buddy cop cliche pretty much sums it up:

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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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