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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez


March 28, 2017 (Originally published November 20, 2012)

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Goof Troop

Developed by: Capcom

System: Super Nintendo

Hey. Remember what I said in my Goofy's Hysterical History Tour article about how there isn't that many Goofy themed games? Well, I kinda lied. There IS another Goofy game besides Hysterical History Tour. That game happens to be Goof Troop for the Super NES. However, in my defense, History Tour focuses on Goofy, the classic Disney character, whereas Goof Troop is based on a TV show that focuses on a different kind of Goofy. Confused? Let me elaborate on that...

Goof Troop SuperNES

EvEver since he was introduced, Goofy's main appeal was that he could easily portray any kind of character, from genuinely cartoony to highly satirical, and still keep his lovely, winning personality. His animated shorts star either Goofy has his silly self, or as an image of the common, every day man meant to parody or satirize a common element of every day life (like vacation, smoking or dancing).

In the 90s, when the Disney Afternoon was a bonafide hit with young audiences, Disney introduced into its lineup Goof Troop, starring Goofy as a single father to Max Goof as he dealt with the issues of every day life while still being, well, Goofy. I find this TV show to be a great mix of classic Goofy and Goofy as the avatar for the common man. This meant that his stories could still be somewhat rooted in the '90s mentality' the show portrayed but still be highly comedic in their presentation. The success of the TV show inspired a much beloved film, A Goofy Movie.

Goof Troop Super NES

The success of the TV show also led to a video game, which was developed by none other than Capcom. I've discussed to death the ties Disney had with Capcom in the past, so I won't go further with that. What I will say is that while the game didn't catch the same fire as DuckTales and Chip N' Dale Rescue Rangers on the NES did, it certainly garnered a cult following due to its gameplay design that broke the mold in terms of licensed games rules.

Interestingly, rather than going down the 2D platforming route they took with DuckTales and other Disney titles, Capcom instead made the Goof Troop game into an adventure game. The story is that both Goofy and Max have gone to an island to rescue Pete and his son PJ from dangerous pirates. In order to do so, they must work as a team in order to solve the puzzles that lie ahead. The word 'team' is what defines Goof Troop. Goof Troop is primarily known as one of the most definitive two player experiences on the Super NES. That is to say that the game is best when played with a friend.

Goof Troop Super NES

There are many reasons as to why that is the case with the game. Level designs and puzzles were created with co-operative play in mind. You won't be competing with other players, instead you will be working together to advance in the game. Playing as either Goofy or Max, you will be helping the other player defeat enemies or work to complete a puzzle faster. Goofy and Max are also unique characters with distinctive skills. That means that Goofy is the stronger of the two, while Max is much faster but lacks the strength his old man has.

These mechanics are far from gimmicky, though, as they have been very polished and create an experience that is like no other. As an example, when a character is defeated during two player mode, the two characters don't restart. Instead, the remaining player will complete the dungeon, and the other player resurfaces in the next dungeon. At times, the game even resembles Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past with its focus on dungeon exploration and puzzle solving. It should be noted that even though I have been focusing on Goof Troop as being a two player affair, it CAN be played in single player mode.

Goof Troop Super NES

It is common knowledge by now that Capcom took great stride in presenting us digital Disney worlds in great detail and good music to boot. While Goof Troop isn't the absolute best in terms of presenting a Disney franchise in video game form, it is a very well polished one. Characters look and feel like their TV show counterparts and animate like them too. Humorous details like stars that appear when characters are hit by a box make the game feel like a Goofy affair. Music is very bouncy and catchy, appropriate for the story and characters involved.

Clearly, what truly stands out is the gameplay. Capcom could have easily done yet another platformer under the Disney name and be done with it. But much like how Goofy has taken on different roles but retained his original persona, Goof Troop the game maintains the polish and quality that Capcom's Disney games have presented throughout the years but does so with an unique gameplay concept. Scrooge McDuck, Chip N' Dale, and Mickey may have been sidescrolling stars, but only Goofy can claim that he has been on a puzzle solving adventure with his son Max, and had fun doing it.

Goof Troop Super NES

Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy

Tangled, the Video Game
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

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Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
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Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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