In a list of games that never seemed like good candidates to be remastered, Aladdin and The Lion King tie-in games are pretty high up the list. But in a world where Spongebob Squarepants: The Battle for Bikini Bottom can earn a remastered rerelease, anything is possible, so the announcement of Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and the Lion King shouldn't be as surprising as it is.
The collection collects Virgin Games' Aladdin and Westwood Studios' The Lion King and includes almost every version of each game. While Aladdin doesn't have its Super Nintendo version, the collection includes SEGA Genesis versions, Game Boy versions and trade show demos, among other extras.
Despite all that, the collection still feels a little slight. It's surprising enough that this even exists, but collections like this usually come in threes. There's one more 16-bit era Disney movie adaptation that's just as good and as beloved as the two games in this collection, Toy Story.
Based off of Pixar's first movie, this Disney Interactive Studios seems like a typical platformer and in some respects it is. However, this game has a few tricks up its sleeve that really make it stand out from the pack. Similar to Aladdin on the Genesis, some levels don't have you just get to the end. Instead, you need to find objects of some kind to end the level successfully. Toy Story takes this to the next step as some stages have you actively looking for things and toys. You'll actually have to explore the level to complete some of the tasks.
However, the game also includes some racing elements. Toy Story also has sections where you control RC, the remote control car from the movie. Some of these RC levels will have you navigating a maze-like track, looking for batteries from an overhead perspective, and other levels will have you driving from a behind-the-shoulder look, racing after a truck.
Finally, the most notable level in the game is a first-person stage where you need to rescue the alien toys that have gotten stuck within the mechanical workings of the claw machine. This stage takes place entirely in first person almost like a Disney-fied version of the game Doom. There's no shooting, since you're searching for the toys against a time limit, but it's still impressive that they got 16-bit consoles to be able to run something like this.
Toy Story was an impressive, ambitious game at the time, and it still holds up today. Between the impressive graphics and solid gameplay of Aladdin, and the more subdued action of The Lion King, Toy Story would be a great addition to the Disney Classics collection. Even if it doesn't appear on this one, it's still something of a hidden gem of a game that deserves wider recognition.