The Disney Afternoon Collection Review (PS4)

The Disney Afternoon Collection is the second collection of Legacy games from Digital Eclipse who have previously worked on the Mega Man Legacy Collection. Their main aim with these re-release of classic games is to bring them to an audience through a legitimate way allowing them to purchase them again without having to resort to shady tricks like using emulation. This has worked well so far with Mega Man Legacy Collection being a hit among the fans and The Disney Afternoon Collection here is no exception.

The Disney Afternoon Collections takes some of the fan favorite classic Disney games that were originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System to preserve and compile them in a package with extras like the original artwork, boxart and concepts from the game that have yet to make their way to fans aside from the die-hard collectors. It follows the same design philosophy as the Megaman Legacy Collection resulting in an emulation that is authentic down to the last minute and even offers some additional features along with each of the packaged game, including Boss Rush mode and the ability to rewind and pause games.

The Disney Afternoon Collection contains around 6 games. The ones that are included in this compilation are Tailspin, Duck Tales 1 and 2, Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers 1 and 2 and Darkwing Duck. Even those it has been years since these games were released, they have still aged well and can be played with ease. The collection specifically contains games that were developed by Capcom featuring different Disney properties.

If you are a fan of the old school pixelated art style and prefer your games to play like the original without any changes to the source code, you will love The Disney Afternoon Collection as it manages to achieve exactly that and comes with extra features as well. While these extra features don’t look like much, they do add some value to these NES games and if you don’t have the same reflexes that you did as a kid and can’t beat some of the tougher gameplay sections, you can try to exploit the rewind and pause mechanics without breaking your controller in frustration.

While you can play through each of the game included in this collection, there are also some optional modes available that add extra value to these games. They are the boss rush mode and the time attack mode. The time attack mode in particular requires special mention here as not only it includes a leaderboard, it also gives us the ability to watch any of the attempted record breaking time attack run on the leaderboards. If you would like to see the tricks used to achieve a short time, then you can do it directly from the game. You can also attempt to challenge the time set by the player by ‘racing’ against them. Boss Rush mode also works in similar way while giving the same choices as the time attack mode. If you want to know the secrets of defeating a boss quickly, this mode will be interested to watch out.

While the original Nintendo Entertainment System didn’t allow saving at any point during the game, this collection adds the ability to save and load at any point making it far easier to complete these classics. Together with the rewind mechanics that have been added to this collection, completing our childhood classics will be easier now than it was in the past. These aren’t forced so if you want to play them in the old way, you can simply choose to ignore them.

If you prefer old school visuals, you can toggle a set of filters that can mimic a TV screen scanlines or a monitor. These might not be authentic as they are on the real product but they get the job done. If you prefer to stretch the image on display then the collection supports a wide screen option. You can also enable or disable the borders in the standard display mode if you don’t like seeing them every time.

The Disney Afternoon Collection Review (PS4)

Game Reviewed on: PS4

Game description: The Disney Afternoon Collection is a compilation video game developed by Digital Eclipse and published by Capcom. It features six video games originally released between 1989 and 1993 for the Nintendo Entertainment System based on animated series from the television block The Disney Afternoon

Summary

The Disney Afternoon Collection is a set of old school games packed with new secrets, rewind and pause mechanics while retaining their classic charm. This collection serves the purpose of going down the memory lane and playing some cult classics games that are hard to find and play legitimately.

8/10

Muhammad Ali Bari

Reviews Editor at GearNuke

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