Must. Resist. Urge. To. Cry.
Friends, the good people at Disney are throwing nostalgic imagery at us like it grows on trees. But rather than rebranding something we all know and love, like they've done with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, they've sought to pluck the fruits of yesteryear and present them as is: surprisingly ripe and delightfully sweet.
Yes indeed, some of our childhood favorites are making their way onto the PC, 16-Bit graphics and all. The three titles in question are The Jungle Book, The Lion King and Aladdin, and, unlike these bootleg versions, it's all legit!
16-Bit Disney Delights
If anyone knows how to tell a fairytale properly, it's Disney. So in order to celebrate their legacy and three of their most celebrated, charming platformers of yore, they've teamed up with GOG.com to gift them in a more accessible format for all of us who miss them.
All three titles have been meticulously updated to be compatible with modern operating systems while preserving the original graphics, sound, and gameplay. - GOG.com
Let's take a look at the games, shall we?
The Lion King (1994)
It's difficult to describe nostalgic sensations. What do I remember the most about playing The Lion King on my Game Boy? Was it the jovial music? The intoxicating smell of plastic? The sound of Simba's roar? Or perhaps the way I found it impossible to accurately control the little lion? Though I suppose it's a concoction of all of this, and more.
What I love is that, although the game's controls were criticized along with some issues of repetition, The Lion King was praised for its "cinematic" visuals. Do yourself a favor, take a moment to watch the gameplay session below of the game's first mission and prepare to be transported to a simpler time.
The Jungle Book (1994)
Just listen to that music! What I distinctly remember about The Jungle Book was how loud everything was. The footsteps of boars are obnoxious, monkeys never shut up and Mowgli refuses to stop screaming "Wow!" at any given opportunity. But I loved this game.
Yet despite that love, one of the strongest emotions that the gameplay video below rekindles is rage. I was absolutely terrible at The Jungle Book. Just catching a glimpse of those dangling vines was enough to remind me of countless hours I spent getting stuck on them or completely missing them all together. But yeah, still loved it...
Disney's Aladdin (1994)
I don't care what anyone says, this is an exceptional platformer. Out of all of these games, the one I remember the most is Disney's Aladdin. It's saturated with charm, great character animations, hilarious sound effects and pretty damn decent mechanics. The music is also killing me right now. It's begging me to watch Aladdin and revisit the wonders of songs that defined my younger years.
Prince Ali - fabulous he - Ali Ababwa
Genuflect, show some respect:
Down on one knee.
Now try your best to stay calm,
Brush up your Sunday salaam,
Then come and meet his spectacular coterie!
RIGHT, I'm off to watch the film now.
But for those of you that are dying to get your hands on these games, three of Disney's most treasured 16-bit platformers return, exclusively on GOG.com: here's Aladdin, here's The Lion King and here's The Jungle Book. All the games are DRM-free on GOG.com and you can get them for 10% off individually, or for 33% off as a bundle of heartwarming joy until August 8, 12:59 PM UTC!
Did you play these games as a kid?
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