Once a week until the end of 2015, for no reason in particular, I am uploading a “Let’s Play” video of classic Disney video games of the 8, 16, and 32-bit eras. What is a Let’s Play video? It’s a video where someone plays a video games and talks over it. Yes I’m serious, that’s all it is. There’s been some real turds in the Disney video game library but there have also been a handful of genuinely great titles. I’m four weeks in to this, so here I’ll show you what I have done so far:
Week 1: Disney’s Adventures in the Magic Kingdom (NES)
This is one of my most beloved games from my childhood. Running around in a virtual Magic Kingdom/Disneyland hybrid and riding levels based on my favorite rides was intoxicating to my young Disney-obsessed brain. Unfortunately the game doesn’t hold up well, and maybe it was never even that good to begin with. I can’t rip on this game too much because it still has some fun parts and there was nothing like this back in 1990.
Week 2: Disney’s Aladdin (Sega Genesis)
Unlike Adventures in the Magic Kingdom, Aladdin holds up extremely well. It’s still a lot of fun to play and its colorful and detailed graphics are a joy to look at. This was actually my first Sega Genesis game I ever received, and I still have my original copy my grandma gave me for Christmas in 1993.
Week 3: Beauty and the Beast (SNES)
For week 3 I decided to change it up and play a Disney game that I had never even played before. Maybe this wasn’t a good idea because Beauty and the Beast was brutally hard and I couldn’t even make it out of the first level. This game’s bad controls, hard difficulty, and muddy graphics make me think this will end up being one of the worst games I play during this series of videos.
Week 4: Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers (NES)
After Beauty and the Beast I needed to get back on track and play a good Disney game. I picked Chip ‘N’ Dale Rescue Rangers because I remember enjoy it as a kid. I was worried that it would be an Adventures in the Magic Kingdom situation where it was better in my memories but I’m happy to say that Rescue Rangers is still a very enjoyable game. In all these videos I give the disclaimer that I am not actually good at retro video games, even though I’ve been playing them my whole life. As previous videos in this series showed, I die over and over, but I’m happy to say in this one I was able to get pretty far in to that game.
There’s what I have so far, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel or keep an eye on this website to see any future videos.