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Simba newly born cub to be king of pride rock one day, his uncle Scar has other plans with the hyenas he manages to kill simba's dad and scares simba into running away. Simba returns to pride rock once he is a grow up lion and takes his place at pride rock by defeated his uncle not as easy in the game thought. :)
In this game you play as Simba, you start as a cub at pride rock having to climb a few rocks and beat a hyena this is tougher then it sounds you get lizards spitting and the hyena is tricky but not too hard. My favourite level in this game is the stampede the graphics are good and the movement is fanastic and this level is much harder then the rest.
The are colours are clean and ideal for this game kinda shiny. Simba looks good and so do the other animals. As close as they could get to the cartoon on the snes.
If you like the music in the film you will like game music also. the sound effects are good also with simbas roars and the other animals sound good also.
This game is more for the younger audience even thought it is a bit tricky, the graphics are good and the sound is very good, it follows the same story line as the film and is well worth getting. probably can get this for about £5 pounds in a second hand shop well worth it.
Only real negative is the buttons don't always response quick enough for some stages.
----------------------------------- ------DISNEY'S THE LION KING------- ----------------------------------- Released in 1994, this was based on the hit childrens animated film of the same name. The game was released on many different consoles such as Sega Megadrive Nintendo Super NES and lots of others, This is a review of the PC version. The storyline of the game follows the film to the letter, so here it is for any of you that havent seen the film, you are Simba a small lion cub, your father, the king, is killed by his brother Scar, Simba sets out to avenge his fathers death. In the film Simba really has to do some growing up to be able to finally confront Scar, and in this game this is shown in great detail. Anyone that has played any other Disney games will be instanly at home with this game. It uses the same tried and tested style of other hit games such as Aladdin and The Jungle Book, this means that its a side on scolling platformer with some nice puzzles, aiming at the younger gamer but challenging enough for an older player to have a few hours with. -----GAMEPLAY----- The game begins with you controlling Simba as a young lion cub just after you father, the king, has been killed. On the first level "The Pridelands", you are in a foresty area that has a lot of small animals that will do our poor hero a bit of damage if he comes into contact with them, luckily the young cub can attack these animals by either rolling into them, ala Sonic or by jumping on their backs, ala Mario. Not all of the enemies can be killed in this way and may need to be scared before you can attack them, this is done by using the roar button. When you first begin you are only young and pretty much defenceless against any serious enemies, one of the nice things about this game is that over time our hero gets older, giving him more attacks and strength, this really adds a lot of depth to the game.
The levels in Lion King are quite varied, some are straight forward platform fare, like Earthworm Jim or mario, whereas some are a bit more puzzle based. There is one level, based on the stampede scene in the movie, that see's you running into the screen in a psuedo 3d view, you control simba as he is running at you, you see a lot of animals running towards him and must try to dodge these as they would crush him. This is a nice change from the platform levels, even though it does seem a bit strange at first to not see where he is running to, but where he is running from, this style of level has since been used in the Crash Bandicoot games but i had never seen it in a game before this one. The platform levels all have a nice varied way of getting through the levels, you can take a few routes through them, and there are enough secret areas that can be found if you look hard enough. The controls are simple to use, and make the game easy to start. The game has ten very big levels and a few mini levels in between and is great for a younger gamer. -----GRAPHICS------ As with most Disney games the graphics are fairly nice, they seem to be taken straight from the animated films that they are based on. The game is very colourful, each level has different grephics and colour schemes that add to the varied feel of the game. Some levels have fairly dark backgrounds, such as "Elephant Graveyard", this level is all dark blues and purples and adds to the atmosphere of the level nicely. Whereas some levels are fairly bright and nice feeling, the opening two levels in particular are very nice with lots of bright greens and oranges. The graphics for these backgrounds are quite well detailed for a game of its age, and although not being groundbreaking, certainly have enough to keep you looking at them. The main sprites of Simba and the other animals are all very nicely drawn,
and are just about the right size so that you can see whats going on around you. -----DIFFICULTY------ Well even though its aimed at the younger gamer, the game has a nice bit of challenge to it, even if some of the puzzles are a bit spoon fed, for example on the second level the first thing the game says is "roar at monkeys!" so already its telling you what to do, so if that wasnt enough it also colours in all the monkeys that need roaring at in pink so that you know which ones need scaring! So the puzzles are quite easy, but some of the platform areas might be a bit difficult for some younger gamers and will even give a nice challenge for us old players. -----OVERALL------- This game is a worthy member of any gamers collection, it is great if you have younger people in your household but also for anyone that just fancies a quick platform game. I would recomend this game for most, whilst not as good as some of the other games around at the time it is still fairly nice. Should be available for around five pounds, which always makes for good value in my book! Thanx for reading. Kyle