Relive your favourite Mickey Mouse episodes as you travel through a world of side-scrolling fun.
Description Type: Platformer
Platform: SNES, Sega Genesis, PlayStation One, Android, PC, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, PSP
Players: Single Player
Age: 3 plus
Game Time: 3 - 6 hours
Developer or Designer: Traveller's Tales
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Journey through iconic Mickey Mouse shorts
Can't save progress
Too difficult for young gamers
No double jump
The video game, Mickey Mania was originally released for the SNES in 1994, but was later renamed Mickey's Wild Adventure when it was made available for the Playstation. Although I usually prefer games that have a plot, the lack of a story arc works perfectly in this instance because it allows gamers to travel through time with everyone's favourite mouse.
Each level (seven including a secret bonus level) encapsulates the world of some of the most iconic Mickey Mouse shorts ever made. Starting from Steamboat Willie in 1928 all the way to The Prince and Pauper in 1990.
The game is in the style of the traditional 1990s side scrolling platformer, where you jump your way through scene to scene, avoiding enemies or throwing marbles at them.
Actual gameplay is wonderful, but there are some fundamental issues I have with the game that are quite frustrating. First and foremost is the fact that there is no save mode. If you die, you can restart at the last level you were on, but switch off and return later and you have to start all the way from the beginning again. This may be fine for hardcore gamers who like to play for long stretches at a time, but if you are a casual gamer like me, who only wants an hour or two max, then it poses a problem.
I like that the game is challenging, but without a save mode, it just becomes an added burden, especially if being played by young children, who will find the game tricky even on 'Easy' mode. There are health pick-ups (stars) along the way, but with no double jump feature, they are very difficult to reach.
Whether you are able to complete the game or not, Mickey's Wild Adventure is very enjoyable, and can be enjoyed even if you no longer have an old generation console, as it is now available from the PlayStation Store and compatible with current systems.