The Lion King II: Simba's Pride - GameBreak
1.0.1 (1998)2D Video Game Arcade Video Game
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride - GameBreak was released 1998 and was developed and published by Disney Interactive Inc..
The software includes 4-minigames, that are various puzzle games (usually reinventions of classic titles) with the theme of the tie-in 1998 straight-to-video motion picture The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride.
- Paddle Bash
This minigame sees you manoeuvre a paddle on either the left or right hand-side screen, in which you are to deflect your puck to hit various items. By destroying the paddles your representative character (Timon or Pumbaa) moves closer towards the grub in the center of the screen. The game is a reinvention of the classic arcade puzzler Arkanoid.
- Cub Chase
This minigame sees you manoeuvre one of two cubs around a maze with the intention being that you cover all of the paths (beige) with your footprints. You must do this without being caught by one of the baby-sitters (Timon or Pumbaa) - of which you get allocated 3 lives before the game is over. In later levels you can pick up various power-ups that allow you to either divert the baby-sitters or knock them over briefly. The game operates at a top-down "birds-eye" viewpoint.
- Swamp Berry Sling
In this minigame you are in control of a slingshot (bottom centre of the screen), of which you are to shoot the targets and other various enemy animals on screen. Shooting the baby-sitters will cause you to lose points, where as shooting smaller animals such as lizards will reward you with large scores. You control the reticle with your mouse, and press the left mouse button to shoot. Also you need to keep an eye out for the crocodiles at the bottom of the screen, if they break the sling-shot mechanism its game over.
- Conga Longa
The last of the four minigames included with this Disney GameBreak - you control one of the two available cubs around an arena of which your goal is to create a conga line with the other animals on screen. You gain extra bonus points for connecting consecutive animals, and/or if you link a specific animal (as denoted at the start of each level i.e. monkeys). You must connect as many animals as possible, and not break the chain (caused by creating a tight turn, or crashing into an obstacle) until the time runs out. The game operates in a similar fashion to the popular arcade game Snake and opts for a top-down birds-eye view similar to that found in Cub Chase.
This Disney GameBreak is a small collection of very short "casual" mini-games - mostly of the puzzle variety. However this does not instantly make them easy. Being a movie tie-in - quality is always something that can be lacking, of which this expectation is only reinforced by the fact that this game is included on promotional (thus free) material (see source). However, for what it is, most of the games are pretty decent. Nothing groundbreaking, and I wouldn't say they're exactly memorable. It was a nice surprise to find four full games, than the two that are listed on the cover of the source material (being Paddle Bash and Conga Longa). Anyway, enough - the games.
Cub Chase was my first stop, and yeah its pretty good. You navigate a cub around a series of mazes, avoiding the babysitters - nothing exactly new there in terms of gameplay or scenario. I played it for a little while, and it was okay - it slowly got harder and harder with each level and most likely required a few replays to understand the AI's movement patterns. My only issue with this was the control of the character (a gripe I had with another minigame) which might be related to the top-down viewing angle.
Paddle Dash was my next stop, and this would appear to be the main game as it is the main feature on the source material (Paddle Bash is the main logo of the game, see source images for clarification) although it is not as "big" as the other games, and I would have thought Swamp Berry Sling would've been more suited to the main game title. Paddle Dash is a very traditional reincarnation of the ever popular Arkanoid - a game in which you take control of a paddle and then deflect a ball or missile around the screen. This version of Arkanoid includes a second paddle (an opponent - computer or real depending on your gameplay setup) of which you fight it out to destroy the paddles on screen (of which are protected by various coloured blocks). Destroying paddles causes your representative babysitter character to move closer to the grub, the first to get the grub wins. Simple. I felt the gameplay on this was a bit random at times, but I am in no way a hardcore player of Arkanoid, or its many spin-offs and so there most probably is some strategy to this minigame, I just haven't discovered it yet.
Swamp Berry Sling is up next, and I think this (for me) is the strongest out of all the minigames in this selection. Maybe because it takes on the classic shooting gallery type games - a type of game I find very easy to pick up no matter the variety - or maybe because I was better at this than the other 3 games. There isn't too much to say about this game, you simply shoot the targets and enemies on screen. Different enemies give different point scores depending on size and how quickly they are moving. This game seemed to take an unusual level design pattern with some levels containing no targets and just enemies? I was (and still am) unsure if this is a game glitch or actually part of the level design.
Last of all we have the second featured game of the collection (once again like Paddle Bash this game is featured on the cover of the source material, unlike the other two games), Conga Longa. As I am sure you can guess by its name, this game features the conga line dance and if you're really on the ball, you'll be able to guess we are talking about making long (longa) lines, with animals of course! This game is very similar to the arcade game Snake. You take control of a cub and then move around the screen, touching the various animals in the hopes to make the longest line possible. If you break the line, then you start the conga line over again - breaking the line can happen if you make sudden turns, or if you hit an obstacle. Creating a line of similar animals rewards you with bonus points, as so does collecting the bonus point animal for that stage (as stated at the start of the level). Like with Cub Chase I found difficulty moving my character on the screen, and felt the controls were a little slow and unresponsive - and as I have said before this might be a direct result of the chosen viewpoint being top-down.
Regarding other aspects of this selection, the artwork is fun, colourful and detailed - as is the music, which thanks to the fact this is a PC game benefits from CD quality audio tracks and effects. The game has an interactive menu with various animations, a common standard for many games geared towards a younger market (children). Also by completing the levels in the minigames, short animations are unlocked which are quite nice and enjoyable, but overall rather fleeting.
Overall I think this minigame selection is a "meh" at best. You'll play it, have a few moments fun out of it, but there isn't exactly anything that would draw you back to playing the game. The game in the current market is practically worthless (as one would kind of expect - I only paid 10p), but even still I wouldn't go out of my way in obtaining this piece of software.
DetailsSoftware Name: The Lion King II: Simba's Pride - GameBreak
Software Version: 1.0.1
Release Year: 1998
Developer: Disney Interactive Inc.
Publisher: Disney Interactive Inc.
License Type: Retail License
Installation Method: Install to Local Disk
Below are the system requirements (sometimes referred to as the minimum system requirements) that the software developer or publisher stated at the time of release.Operating System: Microsoft Windows 95 Processor: --
Processor Speed: 90 MHz
System Memory: 16 MB
Graphics Requirement: --
Graphics Resolution: 640 x 480
Hard Disk Space Required: 15 MB
Network Requirements: N/A
Input Devices: Keyboard,Mouse
Sound: 16-Bit Soundcard
Disk Drive Requirements: No disk required for operation
Additional Software Required: none
Other Requirements: none
Below is a compatiblity table. This table states what operating systems the software can be run upon.
| Microsoft Windows 3.0|
| Microsoft Windows 3.1|
| Microsoft Windows 3.11|
| Microsoft Windows NT 3.5|
| Microsoft Windows 95|
| Microsoft Windows NT 4.0|
| Microsoft Windows 98|
| Microsoft Windows 2000|
| Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition|
| Microsoft Windows XP|
| Microsoft Windows Vista|