With Christmas coming, I asked my oldest son, Matt, to share tips and reviews of current and older video games. He’s been knee deep in video games for quite a few years. With his expertise in buying and selling used and new games and equipment, I rely on his guidance when reviewing games for my younger kids, especially when attempting to understand why some games receive a certain rating.
Who doesn’t like Disney movies? They’ve made many a hit over the eight or so decades that they’ve been in existence. Naturally, such hits would spill into other media. Toys, books, music soundtracks… They’ve been around the bend a fair few times. They’ve even made a few video games over the years, even if not all of them were actually made by Disney themselves.
The Jungle Book (Game Boy Advance)
The Game Boy Advance version is the most recent video game based off of The Jungle Book. It’s also the least exciting. What you get here is a top-down adventure where you go around solving simple puzzles by moving shapes to match a picture at the top left of the screen. That’s it. That’s all you get. This is no Tetris.
If you’re paying close attention at the beginning, the game actually shows you how to solve the puzzle, while it’s mixing up the shapes. Granted, it does this rather quickly, but you’ll have the solution before you even begin. However, these puzzles are scattered throughout a top-down adventure mode, where you also have to collect fruits and idols in order to unlock stills from the movie, and hourglasses and clovers to aid in completing puzzles.
The rest of the game consists of simple challenges based on the movie: ride the cuddly bear belly down a river, break Kaa’s hypnotic gaze, that sort of thing. This game was obviously made for the younger kids. While it was competently programmed, the designers forgot to include any fun in the package. There were even short clips from the movie in between areas.
Overall, a very mediocre package for older kids; best suited to younger ones.
You can pick this game up for about a dollar. The other versions of this game are available for SNES, Game Boy, NES (one of the last releases for the console), Game Gear, Master System, Genesis, and PC, all made and published by Virgin Interactive/Eurocom. If you own any of the above, get that version instead, as most copies can be found for a dollar as well (Game Gear can actually gotten still sealed for about $10), but are all vastly more entertaining
NOTE: This game saves via password, so if you want to keep progress, write them down.