Popular Disney games that people of all ages enjoy have been available on PlayStation for a long time.
Up to and including PlayStation! Disney and Pixar movies were a normal part of childhood for kids who grew up in the 1990s and early 2000s. With the PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2, which were both amazing game systems, Disney movies seemed like a perfect fit for Sony’s growing fan base.
Of course, Disney and Sony’s work together didn’t end when the 21st century began. Disney PlayStation games have continued to deliver for gamers of all ages, with everything from first-person action adventures to realistic simulations of real worlds. A list of some of the best and most well-known Disney PlayStation games.
Not many original game scores are as well known as the piano sounds that start “Dearly Beloved.” The first Kingdom Hearts game, which came out in 2002, was a strange mix of old and new Final Fantasy cartoons and Disney movies. The main idea of the story was that Disney movie characters lived on different worlds, which were shown as floating sky islands surrounded by asteroids and collectible tokens. These worlds needed to be freed from evil forces that wanted to steal the hearts of some princesses who looked a lot like real princesses.
Kingdom Hearts is still going strong after many sequels, prequels, and semi-sequels. With each new game, new Disney figures and places are added to the mix. The story may not make sense, but who cares when you can fight with Hercules?
Disney Infinity was a great game that didn’t last long. It was a mix of action-adventure games, world building games like The Sims, and collecting characters and items. When Disney Infinity came out in 2013, it had a bunch of tasks that were based on one of the main characters. Some examples are The Incredibles, Star Wars, and The Avengers. Aside from the main story tasks, players could make their own areas with buildings, moving cars, and Disney figure amiibos.
Disney Infinity did a great job of combining the new Disney trio of Disney/Pixar movies, Marvel movies, and Star Wars trilogies into the game play. Disney Infinity and its production company shut down in 2016, which was a shame. It really was a shame that this project was canceled, especially since the collectible Infinity Figures were (1) not cheap to buy and (2) not really useful after the company closed. Disney knows how to keep its fans spending money, good or bad.
Star Wars: Battlefront
There you have it. This entry might not really belong in a story about Disney PlayStation games since Mickey and Friends didn’t get Star Wars until 2012. But if you mean the new version of Star Wars: Battlefront that came out in 2015 for PlayStation 4, then this game definitely deserves to be on the “best of” list.
Battlefront was both a single-player and online game. It had a lot of different areas where players could fight for the Rebel Alliance, the Empire, the Separatists, or the Clone Army of the Republic. If you killed enough enemies in a fight, you could turn your nameless soldier into a well-known Star Wars figure. It was really exciting to kill Stormtroopers with Luke Skywalker’s green sword (or Darth Vader’s red, if you’re more on the Dark Side).
The Lion King And Aladdin Remastered
Yes, both of these games came out in the mid-1990s on the Sega Genesis and SNES, but they were also updated and launched on PlayStation in 2019 for a fairly low price. Based on the popular cartoon movies, The Lion King and Aladdin were single-player games like Super Mario that let you control Simba and Aladdin through levels that were based on scenes from the movies.
The “Hakuna Matata” level in The Lion King game was a unique task. In this level, players had to jump Simba up a stream that was going down. Warning: if you’re already mad at this point in the game, the familiar musical refrains of “it means no worries” can feel like they’re making fun of you.
Epic Mickey 2
Epic Mickey 2 is one of the more creative Disney PlayStation games. It’s about Mickey Mouse making his way through the Wasteland, which is like a dark, broken version of Disneyland. The first Epic Mickey game was only available on the Nintendo Wii, but the follow-up came out in 2012 on PlayStation 3.
Mickey is supposed to bring back to life old rides and places with the help of his special brushes. When players solved problems with either healing paint or erasable thinner, they could (literally) bring some of the most famous Disney cartoon characters and scenes to life.
Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear To The Rescue
The first two Toy Story movies were huge hits, and kids in the 1990s were lucky enough to play this action-adventure game. Buzz Lightyear is the only available character in Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue. The game takes place in many highly detailed settings that were first seen in the Toy Story 2 movie.
This game is different from other Disney movie video games because it has creative side quests in each level, like “Where are Bo Peep’s sheep?!?” and the small player’s view of a very big and strangely scary residential area!
A Bug’s Life
Like Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue, A Bug’s Life is a first-person level-based video game that stays true to the movie of the same name. The gameplay in Wordle Unlimited is a lot like that of its similar title. You can relive the story as Flik through some of the movie’s most famous scenes.
Flik shows that sometimes going against the grain (the ant line) leads to bigger and better things in the long run, like hiring circus clowns and avoiding huge birds. The level where Flik rides a daisy off of Ant Island was one of the best parts. Who knew that random winds could be so strong?
Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney made a skateboarding game that was better for kids during the same time as Tony Hawk: Pro Skater. Like the Tony Hawk games, players could pick from a bunch of Disney figures and make their own outfits to wear while skating through different “lands” and completing different tasks.
Disney had a lot of hits in the 1990s and early 2000s with movies like Tarzan, Toy Story, and The Lion King. Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure had a lot of different levels that were fun for people who weren’t as into the serious themes and hard levels of the Tony Hawk games.
Disney Dreamlight Valley
The newest Disney game for PlayStation is a relaxing task-based game about a group of characters who live in Disney Dreamlight Valley.
As soon as new players start the game, they learn that Dreamlight Valley used to be a safe place for many famous people, like Ariel, Elsa, and Donald Duck. However, they lost their memories during a disaster called “The Forgetting.” As the ruler of this once-bustling country, you can change a lot about your character. They rebuild homes, grow crops, cook meals, and dig gems to slowly bring life back to the Valley. Uncle Scrooge’s shop is a lot of fun because the items in it change every 24 hours.
Disney’s High School Musical: Sing It!
Remember when you had to put a CD into one of those huge speakers that stood alone and had fuzzy blue screens that showed the words to the songs? That’s pretty much what Disney’s High School Musical: Sing It! was going for with this singing competition game based on the hit Disney Channel movie.
“We’re All In This Together” and “Get’cha Head in the Game” were just a few of the songs that players could sing their hearts out on. It’s likely that if you played this game, you knew the dance moves to the songs just as well as the songs themselves. Pure teenage fun.
Without a doubt, PlayStation has a long list of games and figures that have changed the business. For some reason, though, Disney’s theme parks and movies have their own special kind of magic that makes people feel nostalgic.
It hurts so much to think about the 35 Disney Infinity toys that are just sitting there in the closet, forgotten. Dreams of getting back items from a game that is no longer being made don’t always come true.