Disney’s goal has always been to make kids and adults happy all over the world.
If cartoons weren’t enough, they could always play video games.
Disney has been at the top of the video game business for more than 30 years. With so many games under its belt, it’s hard to pick just a few as the best ones Disney has ever made.
But at the same time, you won’t have a hard time finding a game that’s just right for you, no matter which Disney character has a special place in your heart.
This list has something to keep you busy if you want to play games in a Disney style.
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena (2002)
Some monsters need more than just the power of screams and shrieks. It looks like they also need to play dodgeball.
In Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena, characters from the Disney/Pixar movie play dodgeball in seven different arenas.
But things are never as easy as they look. So, each arena has a different look. They have many different goals to keep things interesting.
Scream Arena is a simple game that anyone can play and enjoy. Even more so when you play with other people.
So, why don’t you just do it?
Start throwing that ball unless you want to deal with another terrible energy crisis.
Tron 2.0 (2003)
Have you ever wondered what your computer looks like on the inside? Well, think about what you ask for.
Tron 2.0 is a sequel to the original Tron movie from 1982. The story and ideas are pretty much the same.
You’ll be in charge of the son of the man who made the TRON programme, and you’ll have to explore the world inside the computer while fighting really bad enemies like messed-up programmes and viruses.
You can choose from 12 weapons and play the game from a first-person point of view.
You can also race on a Light Cycle, which is a lot of fun. And the CPU is not afraid to cheat in this game.
What did you think would happen? You’re in its world!
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Toy Story 2 is fun to look at and play, just like the movie it was based on.
To be honest, Toy Story 2 (the game) doesn’t do much wrong. The CGI sprites used for Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang make the game look great.
The level design is pretty fun, and the game world is almost entirely open.
Have you ever wanted to explore Andy’s house? Then Toy Story 2 for the PlayStation is a must-see (or N64, if you prefer).
It’s like a Toy Story fan’s wildest dreams come true in the form of a video game. Not only is it a great Disney game, but it might also be one of the best Pixar games ever.
Mickey’s Speedway (2000)
A race is so exciting! The thrill that turns normally peaceful animals on their heads!
Let’s not waste too much time: Mickey’s Speedway was based on Mario Kart in so many ways that it’s not even funny.
Like the old Nintendo games, the Disney characters in Speedway each have their own car. Plus, there are a variety of offensive and defensive power-ups and a lot of brightly coloured tracks that get harder as you move up in the racing classes.
Mickey’s Speedway is a good racing game, even though it’s not very original. The multiplayer makes it even better. Also, the battle mode is a lot of fun (surprise, surprise).
Now is your chance to tell Mickey Mouse that Donald Duck is much better.
Epic Mickey (2010)
How many Disney characters didn’t make a big splash? If you haven’t played Epic Mickey, most likely not.
Epic Mickey is a celebration of Mickey Mouse and of Disney history in general. It brings back forgotten characters like Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to the forefront.
These are the people who live in the Wasteland, a place that Mickey’s curiosity destroyed. And a land he must fix up no matter what.
Even though the 3D platforming is fun, there are a lot of missed chances because the choice and consequence system isn’t used as much as it could be.
And because of the bad camera and shaky physics, you’ll spend more time fighting your point of view than the real bad guys.
But if you really like Disney, it won’t be hard for you to like this game. It’s also a lot newer than a lot of the books here.
The Black Cauldron (1986)
Have you ever heard of The Black Cauldron? Very few did.
And Disney made sure that the people who did remember it forgot about it.
Since the movie was a huge flop at the box office, the decision to make a game out of it is… puzzling.
It wasn’t a bad choice, though. Because the fantasy setting of the movie worked well for an adventure game.
It also has a corny bad guy named “The Horned King” and a pig that can tell the future, so that’s something.
Even though the game is mostly a simplified version of the adventure games of the late 1980s, The Black Cauldron stands out with its branching storylines, side quests, and different endings.
Maybe the game makers did use Hen-powers Wen’s to see where video games were going.
Gargoyles are big. Scary. Strong. Righteous. And a bit of a klutz.
Gargoyles came out at the end of the 16-bit era and didn’t make much of an impression, even though the levels were fun and the characters were true to the animated show.
The problem is that the developers went a little too far with being accurate and made the main character, Goliath, slow and not very responsive. This makes him die a lot and is very frustrating.
But, hey, at least the character’s running pattern is pretty. “Beauty will save the world,” as the saying goes.
Over the course of three games/toy boxes, 118 different Disney characters have been added to Disney Infinity. You can team up with Groot, Lightning McQueen, Maleficent, and many other characters before stomping around the game’s different levels and modes. There aren’t many other types of experiences that can offer that much variety.
This variety also shows up in how you play Disney Infinity. There are parts with platforming and exploring, racing, minigames, and even a mode where you can make your own games. Even though Avalanche Software no longer works on the series because Disney shut it down and then reopened it as a Warner Bros. studio, the series is still in good shape. You can’t use the figure packs on PC because the base that scans the figures doesn’t work with it. You can instead use codes that you can find on sites like Amazon. You can also trade character cards with other players on some Disney Infinity forums and subreddits.
Anyone with kids or who just wants to play at a slower, more relaxed pace will enjoy this game.