The Disney Afternoon Collection

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Scrooge-sized vault filled with retro Disney gaming gems.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The games included all feature different general themes, such as hunting treasure, delivering cargo, fighting crime, rescuing friends. All feature overall secondary themes of friendship, family, helping those in need.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite being diverse group of personalities, all heroes are strong positive characters. Their friendships, family are most important to them, they're willing to stick up for each other, help when they're needed.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn, aided with new rewind feature to avoid mistakes, new save feature to save progress at any time.

Violence

Cartoonish, slapstick violence; characters get bonked on head, knocked out of sky, and the like. No blood; defeated enemies simply disappear, fly off the screen.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

All based on classic Disney licenses, which have had various related merchandise, including comic books, toys, TV shows, more. Also have new TV series in development, remastered versions of some of the games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In Chip n' Dale: Rescue Rangers, end boss attacks by flicking ashes from his cigar at player.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Disney Afternoon Collection is a downloadable collection of six classic NES action games, based on the cartoons of the Disney Afternoon lineup: DuckTales, Chip n' Dale: Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, and Darkwing Duck. Each of the games is simple to pick up and play, is great for kids of all ages, and includes features that make gameplay easy for newcomers while offering challenge to more skilled gamers. The violence in the game is generally slapstick in nature, no different from what one might see in the cartoons the games are based on.

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What's it about?

THE DISNEY AFTERNOON COLLECTION takes gamers back to the days of rushing home after school to catch up on the latest adventures of Scrooge McDuck, Chip and Dale, Baloo and Kit Cloudkicker, and the terror that flaps in the night, Darkwing Duck. These Disney characters weren't only TV stars; they also crossed over into the world of video games. Now fans can revisit those gaming adventures and relive the excitement with this collection of six classic ports: DuckTales, DuckTales 2, Chip n' Dale: Rescue Rangers, Chip n' Dale: Rescue Rangers 2, TaleSpin, and Darkwing Duck. These games are pixel-perfect ports of the original games but with new features like Rewind, Time Attack, and Boss Rush.

Is it any good?

This large collection of classic action games will give old and young gamers hours of fun with familiar cartoon characters they'll love. Back in the golden days of the NES, Capcom was the reigning king of platformers and Disney was the magic that kids' dreams were made of. When those two teamed up, it was always something special. Now Capcom is taking gamers on a trip down memory lane while bringing that magic to a whole new generation, courtesy of The Disney Afternoon Collection. The six games included here aren't only pixel-perfect ports with a nostalgic flair, but they also represent some of the best gaming from back in the day. The mere fact that these games are just as much fun today as they were more than 20 years ago speaks volumes about the pure joy the Disney Afternoon lineup once offered.

While gamers will likely gravitate more to a couple of their personal favorite retro classics, The Disney Afternoon Collection offers up a little something for everyone. Newcomers and younger gamers who aren't familiar with the difficulty of these old-school games will love having the ability to save their game at any point to continue later. They'll especially love the Rewind feature, while allows them to reverse time on the fly and ensure they don't make the same mistake twice. On the other end of the spectrum, the new Time Attack and Boss Rush modes will give even the most skilled players a run for their money as they try to rank on the online leaderboards. And if that's not enough, the extra content, like the music soundtrack, art collection, and behind-the-scenes peeks at the games' original development reads like a love letter to both Disney fans and classic game fans. While they say that everyone has to grow up sometime, The Disney Afternoon Collection proves that, even though you may grow up, there's always room to be a kid again.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in the media. How does the slapstick violence in cartoons affect children versus the more visceral types of violence shown in other TV shows, films, and the like?

  • Talk about how games have evolved. What are some of the ways that gaming has changed over the years, and why are classic games still fun to revisit even after all these years?

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