Last week has been all about The Lion King here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar. The Lion King was released a few weeks ago, merely twenty-five years after the cartoon version. Interestingly enough, the video game was released almost twenty-five years ago as well.
As mentioned earlier, The Lion King was made into a video game for the SNES and Sega Genesis. Months after the initial release of The Lion King, Disney sold the video game version for gamers everywhere. It would set the standards for many other movie-to game adaptations in the future. The game followed the same story line as the movie, with all of the characters featured throughout.
One of the biggest elements of the game was that the game was HARD… as in, RIDICULOUSLY HARD.
Yes, folks – The Lion King was one of the hardest games that ever came out in video game history. I started playing the game at five years old and it was NO cakewalk at all. The Lion King had so many frustrating aspects throughout each level. The game was fun to play (it really was!), but it was just so difficult to play through.
Here are the highlights of the most brutal moments from the game:
On the second level ‘I Just Can’t Wait to be a King’, you had to get from one place to the other through the monkeys. If the pattern wasn’t right, the monkeys would either throw you in the water (where you died) or just send you back to the original spot. You also had to roar at the monkeys to get the pattern right.
My gamer rage was strong on this level, especially when the monkeys threw me in the water!
What was even MORE frustrating than that monkey maze was the flamingo run. While riding the flamingo, you had to either jump or duck to avoid the oncoming obstacles. Arrows would pop up on the screen to show whether you had to duck or jump. What made this so hard was that jumping even the TINIEST early or late would cause instantaneous death. Even worse, the final run had NO arrows whatsoever!
For me, one of the most unique/frustrating parts of the game was the stampede level. You had to avoid a stampede of wildebeest all while dodging rocks that come your way. This was a cool attempt to introduce 3-D graphics for the 16-bit system, but it didn’t help the fact that I was still dying MULTIPLE times by the stampede.
Climb Up the Waterfall
The ‘Hakuna Matata’ level was the EXACT opposite of the phrase ‘no worries’. One of the obstacles involved CLIMBING UP a set of logs that were going down the waterfall. It only took one false move to send Simba plunging underwater, causing you to go back and do it all over again. Hakuna Matata… HMPH!
Ok…it took me a LONG while to understand how to beat the ‘Be Prepared’ level. At the end of the area, a large geyser blocks you from the exit. I could hardly contain my excitement when I got to the end, but I didn’t know what the next step was.
After dying MANY times in the area, I later found out that you wait for the geyser to be capped off before leaving. Once the geyser cleared up, it was time to make my exit. That lava geyser stood between me and the final battle with Scar.
For the final battle of the game, Simba faces off with Scar. I have tried various things to defeat Scar such as slapping, punching, and throwing. He just WOULDN’T die, after attacking him multiple times. This suddenly became an ‘Uh-Doy!’moment as I realized that the way to defeat Scar was to – SPOILER ALERT – push Scar to the edge of the cliff and throw him over. Just like in the original movie, you defeat Scar by throwing him off the cliff for his inevitable death.
That’s all for today’s look at the most frustrating moments from The Lion King video game. The Lion King is a fun and entertaining game, but it comes with MANY frustrating elements throughout each level. Whether you keep hitting the trees during the flamingo run or falling in the waterfall, The Lion King has an array of difficult obstacles to tackle. Once you bet the game, you can then truly call yourself the king of Pride Rock.