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The Lion King 20 Year Retrospective

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Did you know that it's been twenty since The Lion King was first released in Cinemas back in June 15th 1994; I was surprised at first when I heard some of my friends mentioning this on Facebook a few weeks ago and most of them weren't even born or way too young to remember much of the 90's. I do remember seeing the movie in Cinema's around the age of 5 which I think I saw this movie a few weeks before going back to school around that time. Can't actually remember the last time I've watched this movie more like at least 10 years ago the last time I've watched the movie but however The Lion King was one of the most popular films from Disney if you don't include Pixar, but it is the third highest-grossing animated film of all-time when it comes to animated movies however Frozen has now become the number one highest-grossing animated films of all time since it was first released in cinemas.

Few months later in the year 1994 the video game was released on both the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis, I did used to have this game which I picked up in the town market a few years later after I got my first game console which was the Sega Genesis and was looking for some games to play it on, luckily games on the Genesis were cheap to get around 1999 so it wasn't that expensive on games for me at that time. Would admit that the game itself is still a hard game to beat on any difficulty the game itself was still an enjoyable experience and it's one of those really good Disney games that was made right before later titles in the future got the full 3D-render and given mixed scores on it being a good game or a bad game to check out based on a movie title game. This was a is a side-scrolling platform game, with controlling Simba having to leap, climb, run and descend from platform to platform. There were two bars appear on the head-up display, to the left is the roar meter, which must be fully charged for Simba's roar to be effective. To the right is the health bar which decreases when Simba is hurt. At the bottom left of the screen is a counter showing how many lives Simba has remaining. Bugs of various shapes and sizes can be collected, restoring health or granting bonuses.

Yet another thing that made The Lion King memorable itself was the soundtrack, the music was adapted from songs and orchestrations in the soundtrack. I really do remember the music from Stage 2 the most which was "Can't Wait to Be King" which was both catchy and frustrating at the same time as you had to roar at monkeys in order to get across from platform to platform and of course you can't swim in the game so you have to roar at the monkeys to throw you across to another monkey and then other monkeys throwing you at the right place you want to go, think of a sequence order when you think about this. This is still a highly recommended game to anyone out there who still own a Sega Genesis or a Super Nintendo, however this was released later on both the PlayStation and Game Boy Colour called The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure looking closely to the events in the film and the storyline carried on into the sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride but both the film sequel and the game got poor reviews from both the fans and critics alike.

Did you also know that the Square Enix series Kingdom Hearts features Simba as a recurring summon, as well as a playable world in Kingdom Hearts II known as Pride Lands. There the plotline is loosely related to the later part of the original film, with all of the main characters except Zazu and Sarabi. The Lion King also provides one of the worlds featured in the 2011 action-adventure game Disney Universe and Simba was featured in the DS title Disney Friends.

Do you remember watching this film as a kid back in the 90's or have any memorable moments you want to talk with the game?

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Don't forget to check out my latest review I've just posted on Valiant Hearts (PS3) Review which could well be my favourite game for 2014 at the moments.

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