Heard the news just after midnight this week after finding that some of my friends on Facebook posted statuses on Robin Williams. Then flipping over to the BBC news finding out that Robin Williams had committing suicide and died due to asphyxiation. I loved most of the movies he was which I did watch when I was a child like Aladdin, Mrs Doubtfire, Hook and my personal favourite Popeye.
Speaking of Robin Williams did you also know that he was an avid enthusiast of video games and named two of his children after game characters. He named his daughter after Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda series; they both have been featured in an ad for the 3DS remake of Ocarina of Time. His son may have been named after Cody from the Final Fight series, he also enjoyed playing games like Warcraft III, Day of Defeat and Half-Life and the FPS game Battlefield 2 which he played as a sniper.
We all know that he voiced the Genie in Aladdin and yes I did use to have the game on the Sega Mega Drive when I was younger which was bought from a car-boot sale for under £2 like the Lion King both games were really enjoyable at the time. Plus the right difficulty as well for a 2D platformer, playing as Aladdin who must make his way through seven levels based on locations from the movie: from the streets and rooftops of Agrabah, the Cave of Wonders and the Sultan's dungeon to the final battle against Jafar. You can attack either close range with a scimitar, which can deflect certain projectiles, or long range with a limited supply of apples. Next to apples, Aladdin can also collect gems which can be traded for lives and continues from a traveling peddler. Finding Genie or Abu icons enables bonus rounds. The Genie bonus round is a game of luck played for apples, gems or extra lives, and continues until the player runs out of Genie tokens or lands on a Jafar. In the Abu's bonus round, you control the little monkey who has to catch bonus items that fall from the sky, but without touching any of the unwanted objects like rocks and pots.
The soundtrack was yet another great thing I liked about Aladdin alongside the voice and sound clips which you can flip through on the options menu. Aladdin was also released on the NES, Game Boy, DOS, Amiga and also Windows in 2006 for UK/Europe. Did you also know that Capcom both developed and published Aladdin for the SNES in 1993 reviewers and gamers have mentioned that Capcom truly did something great with this Super NES game. It was later ported to the Game Boy Advance 2004 but wasn't that great as the original version was back then.
It is nice to talk about a game that I used to have the last time I've played Aladdin was 15 years ago for me, the movie itself is still a good Disney movie worth watching having Robin Williams as the Genie and also Gilbert Gottfried as Iago. However what I really do remember quite well from both the movie and the game was the song "Friend like me" which really did remind me of both the Genie and Robin Williams thought I'd leave some video game music here to commemorate a great actor and a funny guy-
R.I.P- Robin Williams (1951-2014)
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