Disney has a long history with the world of video games and over the years I have played a ton of fantastic games based on various Disney licenses. I would go as far to say that I have played far more good Disney games than I have bad ones. Today I am trying to narrow it down to the 7 best video games, which considering how many great ones there are is going to be tough.
Just a note that I have decided to leave out the Disney Infinity and the Kingdom Hearts series as that seemed unfair to include it.
Toy Story 3
I will go as far to say that Toy Story 3 is one of the most underrated games of that console generation. I am talking about the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game here. Toy Story 3 lets you play as Buzz, Woody, and Jessy. It follows the plot of the movie pretty well with some great voice acting and awesome cut scenes. It even goes beyond the movie with extra bits added in and those are just as fun. You can play single player or in split-screen co-op.
If that is not enough, Toy Story 3 also has a Toy Box Mode. In this mode you can roam around doing missions for people, taking down bad guys and unlocking a ton of new items, characters, buildings areas and so on. Toy Box Mode is even more fun than the actual game! There is so much to do here and it is as close to an open world Toy Story game as we are going to get. Add to this Toy Story 3 looks and sounds great and the gameplay is silky smooth, you have one fantastic game on your hand here.
Mickey Mouse in Castle of Illusion
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
Before the days of Sonic the Hedgehog, Castle of Illusion was what many stores would use to show off Sega’s 16-bit machine. Mickey has been in some great games over the years, but this one here is my favorite. It is a classic side scrolling platform game. You can butt bump on enemies head or throw apples at them which you collect during the game. Gameplay is nice and tight and it is just a really fun game to play.
Castle of Illusion sounds and looks great too. There was nothing on a home console at the time that looked this good and it still holds up very well to this day. While it is a pretty short game, each level has its own theme and multiple stages in each level help keep you entertained. This is a must have if you love 16-bit platformers.
Magical Quest 3
There are three games in the Magical Quest series, but for me, the third game that lets you play as Mickey and Donald is the best of the bunch. Magical Quest is the most charming game in the series and the effort that Capcom went to in order to make each level and each power-up that Mickey and Donald get feels unique is amazing. Actually, in the second game, it did not matter who you play as, Mickey or Minnie. Donald and Mickey actually play quite differently.
For whatever reason, Magical Quest 3 never came out in the west on the Super Nintendo. It was only released in Japan. It was released on the Game Boy Advance, but the SNES version is the one you want to play as the co-op is amazing. The easiest way to play this is on a hacked SNES classic and while the Japanese version of the game is fine, fan translations do exist.
You cannot have a list of the best Disney video games and not have Ducktales on it! Capcom made so many great Disney games over the years, but I think Ducktales would be high on most people’s lists. Ducktales has all the charm of the show. It looks great, the music is some of the best that the NES has to offer and best of all it is a blast to play.
Ducktales is kind of unique as it lets you pick what order you want to do the levels in. Scrooge can use his cane to pogo stick on enemies and he can also whack stuff like it is a golf club. Once you get the pogo jumping down, you will be having a blast as it really is a lot of fun to play.
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
Yes, I am cheating and putting both versions! On Sega, Aladdin is one of the best looking games the console has. Made with the help of actual Disney animators, Aladdin looks fantastic. It is a very action packed game and Aladdin can slice and dice enemies with his sword and attack with apples. The levels are actually very large and so are all the characters which is great.
The SNES version was made by Capcom and is 100 percent different. This is more of a platformer than an action game. Aladdin does not have his sword in this game and instead must throw apples or jump on the enemies head. When jumping on people and things, Aladdin can spring off them. It is a very interesting gameplay mechanic and one that works very well. Both games are amazing and worth playing, but if I had to pick one it would be the Sega one.
When this was released I was 16 years old and thought I was way to cool for Disney games. However, it came on a demo disc one month and I was blown away by it. This is one of the most underrated Disney games. It is a side-scrolling action/platform game and it looks just like the movie. They did a great job bringing Hercules to life in this game and it is one of the best looking side-scrollers on the PlayStation.
What I think made this such a standout game was that it was released at a time when 2D games were not the norm. Even most Disney games made the transition to 3D, but not Hercules. It is one of the more hidden gems on the PlayStation so make sure you give it a try.
Nightmare Before Christmas
I love the Nightmare Before Christmas. Many people want a sequel, but a sequel does actually exist in the form of this game, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Oogie’s Revenge! The idea of the game is that Oogie Boogie wants to become the Holiday King by taking over the other holiday worlds and only Jack can stop him. The game looks great and sounds even better. It actually uses music from the movie and even has some new songs which is great.
This was made by Capcom and kind of plays like Devil May Cry. The camera can be a bit annoying, but once you get used to it you will be having a great time. This is a game that I love and one that you have to play if you enjoy the movie. I will say that the Xbox version is a little bit better in terms of its visuals so that is the version I would recommend.