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Release year: 1993 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Capcom
Aladdin (AKA アラジン Arajin) is a a 2D side-scrolling platform video game developed and released by Capcom for the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) in 1993. The game is based on the 1992 animated Disney film on the same name.
In 1993, Sega Genesis received Aladdin. With this release, the dying company proved that it was still a force to reckon with. Super Nintendo had to admit its competitor was still capable of making delightful artwork and great gameplay.
In the game, you play as Aladdin, the diamond-in-the-rough kid who is out to put an end to the evil scheme of Jafar. The wicked enemy wants to marry Princess Jasmine whose father, the Sultan, was placed under a spell by Jafar.
In order to rescue the princess, you will run and jump your way through different levels and conquer different places like the Cave of Wonders and the city of Agrabah. You will enter into the enchanting world of the Genie’s lamp and the Royal Palace.
This game is a superb model for the 16-bit platformer. It is considered to have nearly created its own subset in the whole of the platformer genre. Thanks to some extra buttons, game heroes now possess a couple of attack techniques that made plays more exciting compared to the old style of hop-and-bop offense moves.
Aladdin can smash Jafar’s minions not only with his sword, but also by throwing apples at them. Apples that are well-aimed are enough to make violent swordsmen with shoulders strong enough to carry an entire Geo Metro.
At its very core, the game is truly a platformer. Each level requires hopping between platforms, usually with lethal chasms and spikes about you. You will find the level sparse with enemies, but most of the challenges to overcome involve platform jumps. You will find the “hover” ability, the one that allows Aladdin to fly with a piece of cloth, to be a great relief.
Aladdin’s graphics are pretty nice. You’ll have that sense that the programmer really put in a lot of work for this aspect. The graphics are snappish, colorful and detailed, but you will find highlight things such as Mode 7 graphics rarely used throughout the game.
Aladdin game has been ported to Super Nintendo SNES (this version), and Game Boy Advance GBA.