Let’s jump into the Top 10 Worst Disney Video Games Ever.
Created with the intention of people playing on the new Xbox Kinect, this game is an open-world video game released in 2011. It sounds like a cool idea but in reality, this game was a huge disappointment ripe with poor quality level structures.
For starters, if anyone else has played the Kinect 1.0 you’ll remember just how difficult it was to do fairly simple things. Add that complexity and unfinished technology to the wonderful world of Disney and you have a recipe for frustration.
Even the part where you have to hug Snow White is difficult and awkward. It requires gamers to have finely tuned motor skills to perform relatively minute tasks which are quite challenging for the average child playing this game. What became even more frustrating for many people that enjoy Disney is the lack of popular rides that weren’t included in the game.
Snow White and the 7 Clever Boys
This Disney video game disaster was published by Phoenix Games and developed by Aqua Pacific and released in 2006 for the PS2. For starters, this game is awful because it cants even really be considered a video game.
It’s literally just a bunch of mini-games and unintentionally funny cutscenes all crammed together. Also, it’s a bit of false advertising, the cover while crude-looking does imply that the 7 dwarfs will be in the game but in reality its just 7 young boys.
Which is very confusing, why would you, just why Disney! Plus the depiction of black people in this game is crazy racist considering it came out in 2006. To make matters worse the animation overall is just straight-up messy.
Adventures in The Magic Kingdom
To be fair this terrible Disney game was released back in 1990 for the NES, but shockingly enough it was developed and published by Capcom. Capcom typically has done very well with their games even in the early days, but this one was just wack.
Its a mediocre flop at best and is filled with incomplete experiences that would make you question why you even purchased this game. It feels like every individual on their team had an idea for the game and they just greenlit every single one of them.
Its essentially five games crammed into one split together in this already tiny world. As a result, it feels really crammed together and overall Capcom really took the L on this Disney release.
The game does have fans that even admit it had some potential with its ideas but for the most part Capcom just wasn’t prepared to deliver.
Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest Magical Racing Tour is a go-kart racing video game based on the attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort. In order to feed off of the success of Mario Kart – Disney tossed their lovable characters into some go-karts and said come at me, Mario!
All of the tracks in the game as I mentioned were based around advertising specific rides at Disney such as the jungle cruise and Space Mountain.
This focus on brand awareness though really takes you out of the game and makes you wonder – why am I just not playing Mario Kart instead. Plus the only recognizable characters are Chip, Dale and Jiminy Cricket, so literally no one’s favorite Disney characters.
Fantasia Mickey Mouse Magic is a side-scrolling video game produced by Sega for its Mega Drive Genesis system. This game is another tragic tale of a huge missed opportunity.
The film Fantasia was one of the most innovative and inspiring Disney movies, yet their video game tie-in was lackluster at best. The platforming was the worst and due to the controls being largely delayed and sluggish the game felt awkward overall.
For example, when jumping on an enemy to kill them you would have to hit down on the D-Pad or else you would take in damage. How clumsy is that?
To make matters worse nearly every area you enter into is packed with enemies that are all trying to kill you. Perhaps the most frustrating part of this game is the musical note collection aspect. On each level, you have to collect these musical notes and if you miss even one of them its back to the start of the level for you.
Released for the Sega Mega Drive and based on the film Mulan this game is an action platformer that allows players to take control of the main character Mulan.
Although it’s based on a Disney movie, I believe this first game was actually a bootleg, which means Disney may not have authorized the rights for it. Either way, you’re not missing much.
For the most part, the video game does stay true to the movie, but things get weird when you fight your enemies. For whatever reason whatever company made this game made her enemies look exactly like Mulan’s army of friends.
Which is really strange considering you have to kill them with a sword in the game. It plays out like some sort of weird revenge plot against her friends.
Disney Sports Skateboarding
Also commonly referred to as Disney All-Star Sports Skateboarding this game was one of two released by Konami for the Gamecube. Characters featured in the game include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Max Goof and Pete.
While playing as Goofy on a skateboard seems enticing the sad part about this game is how little Disney cared about it. Disney Sports Skateboarding was clearly created as a way to steal your money and give you nothing in return other than a clumsily put together Tony Hawk rip off.
The really disheartening thing is that it was clearly targeted towards kids because parents will buy them anything to stay quiet for a moment. Anyone over the age of 5 through could see that this game is the worst.
This action-adventure game released by Ubisoft Montreal in 2001 for the PS2. It involves players taking on the role of Tarzan as he fights off a brutal band of British explorers.
Perhaps the most disappointing part of this game is that Ubisoft Montreal made it, c’mon guys we expected much more from you than this catastrophe. In terms of movie tie-ins, this one is as awful as they come.
It’s largely boring because, for the most part, the game lacks depth and complexity. It feels very linear while playing as you pick up collectibles and free your primate friends.
Tarzan was redeemed when he made an appearance in Kingdom Hearts, but this game still sits as an example of what could have been. We still believe there’s potential now for a great Tarzan game, but no matter how hard we try we just can’t erase this mess from our memory.
Again I will give the disclaimer that in this game’s defense it was released back in 1987 for the NES, but again Capcom did not live up to its praise. In the game, you play as Mickey Mouse as you attempt to save a young girl who just so happens to be Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Because any opportunity to shout out your other movies always comes first.
Here’s why it sucks though, yes you play as Mickey, but for whatever reason, they attached Minnie as an AI to follow behind. Her overall following skills are clunky at best and as a result it causes these horribly slow moments in the game of just waiting for her to catch up, women amirite?
Enemies will pop for no apparent reason and the story is drier than a desert. To make things even more confusing they added that crocodile from Peter Pan as one of the main bosses.
Sure crocodiles are scary but wasn’t that croc the good guy in Peter Pan. Plus you can start this game and beat it in under 20 minutes. Some games now take 20 minutes just to download.
I’ve seen more than a handful of this terrible Disney game in a few of those 5 dollar game bins at Walmart and for good reason, it’s brutal. Say hello to Hannah Montana The Movie, The game Now obviously this game wasn’t meant for people like me to play it, but that won’t keep it off this list as a notoriously awful creation.
In short its a game based on a movie, based on a tv show which just reeks of money-grubbing executives doing whatever they want with licensing. The odd shoe-horning of in-game elements meant for the Wii really slows down the already boring storyline. Its a living testament of what the worst video game ever could look like.