WHAT IS IT?
Disney's Aladdin is an adventure/platform game based on the bloomin' brilliant animated movie of the same name. The game was released in 1993, a year after the movie hit theatres and was available on multiple consoles including the SNES, the Gameboy, NES and the Amiga, amongst others. Each version differed, and each had its own fans, but the best of the bunch by far was the one developed by Virgin Interactive and published on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis.
Disney's Aladdin was a single player game, featuring characters and music from the movie. Released to critical acclaim, the game won numerous awards and is still highly regarded to this day.
GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA:
In terms of classic Disney films, Aladdin is up there with the best of them, rubbing shoulders with the likes of The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast and The Lion King. Transforming the movie into a computer game was therefore a no brainer.
WHAT'S THE STORY?
Games based on films and TV shows are notorious for being... well... a bit shit. With a long line of turd-a-ramas - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ET and Superman to name but a few - it's not hard to see a trend in poorly produced cash-ins designed to make a quick buck. Aladdin could have easily fallen into this category, with developers keen to use the Disney name to bring in business, however Virgin Interactive had other ideas in mind.
Working with Disney animators, Virgin recreated the movie for the 16-bit generation by bringing all the humour, charm and fun from the movie into the pixelated world. All of the key characters were on hand, including the hilarious Genie of the lamp and whether Aladdin was jumping on the back of a camel or taking an exhilarating ride with Magic Carpet, the game never failed to impress.
Kick starting in Agrabah, playes directed Aladdin as he ran through the streets and across rooftops, collecting apples along the way (to use as weapons), in order to pass through the first level. Subsequent stages took place in the Palace dungeons, in the Cave of Wonders and even inside the Genie's lamp.
The object of the game was to defeat the evil Jafar and regardless of whether or not a player reached the end of the game, they had a blast along the way.
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH:
*Throughout the course of the game, players were able to collect tokens which could allow Aladdin to gain extra lives via a bonus game with the Genie.
*Although not a direct sequel, a second Aladdin game - Nasira's Revenge - was published in 2000 and released on PlayStation and PC.
*Aladdin isn't the only great game based on Disney characters. DuckTales, Mickey Mania, Quackshot and Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse are also bloody good!