Saturday 18 March 2023

The Lion King (Sega Mega Drive / Genesis review)

Developer: Westwood Studios
Publisher: Virgin Interactive
Released: 1994

The Lion King is an action-platformer that's based on the 1994 movie of the same name.

+ Stampede level could almost pass for a Sega CD FMV title thanks to its huge sprites and outstanding scaling effects.

+ Features lots of impressive voice clips and the cut-scene animation and surrounding artwork is stunning.

+ Music is terrific (with some great percussion SFX) and it successfully recreates many tunes from the movie.

- Game loves to screw you at every opportunity by dropping enemies out of the sky and having you rely on trial-and-error.

- Introduces elaborate puzzles far too quickly and the sharp increase in difficulty is likely to turn off most gamers.

- The level design is so poor that you'll find yourself begging for the next checkpoint just to avoid starting over.

- Collision detection when swinging is entirely broken and it's 50/50 whether you manage to grab hold of the next ledge.

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