on 11 February 2004
This GBA release is a chance to play a SNES classic, but in this new port there are additional levels and the soundtrack's been given a rejig here and there.
This isn't like most movie platform tie-ins, this plays really well and feels like a game based on a disney movie should do. But this platformer although fairly short if up against something like Super Mario World isn't a walkover, the tricky levels mean you need quite a lot of skill to succeed. The levels are every bit as imaginative as the average Mario game, and you'll be thanking yourself for the unlimited continues on some of the more frantic levels.
The game has just the right degree of difficulty, not so easy that you'll fly to the end, but just enough challenge to keep it interesting but it doesn't frustrate you so much that you don't want to keep trying.
The game follows the Aladdin story as well and each completed level gives you cutscenes that follow the plot of the story.
Above all if you were a fan of Disney's Aladdin in any way, you won't be disappointed get this game as it's a tricky but fun platformer that captures the atmosphere of the movie and remains faithful throughout. This one's not just for kids!
on 13 February 2005
I used to own this on the SNES ages ago and it was always really fun to play. It is a little easy really, but there is replay incentive and it is varied and well designed throughout.
Just like most other platform games you run, jump, and throw projectiles (in this case it's apples) to stun enemies. But this is a lot better than most movie tie in games- the level design is really good, people play differently depending on their taste, you can play it like Mario, or you can play a little more elegantly, swinging around on poles that stick out of the walls. The music is nice, the graphics are good (SNES quality obviously, but they are detailed) and the animation is nice too.
It is fun all the way to the end, but unfortunately you will get to the end before you want to! Some of the levels are quite challenging though. It is a good game for younger players as well as older ones, young/new players will constantly have fun swinging around and it will take them a while to finish. But if you know what you're doing then you'll enjoy it, but it's not likely to be glued into your GBA for the next year! Luckily the good level design mean that you will want to replay most of the levels loads of times.