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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez

 

June 20, 2017 (Originally published August 28, 2012)

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: A Bug's Life

Developed by: Traveller's Tales

Systems: PlayStation, Nintendo 64

On my first visit to Walt Disney World in July, the very first park I visited was Disney's Animal Kingdom. In there I made my own personal Disney history by making It's Tough to be a Bug the very first Disney attraction I ever experienced. In honor of that great first timer memory, I will be highlighting A Bug's Life: The Video Game for the PlayStation and Nintendo 64.

A Bug's Life, the film, was released in 1998 and was the second film Pixar made after the groundbreaking success of Toy Story in 1995. Luckily for the animation studio, the film not only received a big push from Disney, it was widely accepted by film critics and audiences alike. In the wake of its release, A Bug's Life has received countless pieces of merchandise and representation across the Disney universe, such as whole themed land at Disney's California Adventure, the aforementioned attraction at Animal Kingdom, and the subject of this article, the video game.

A Bug's Life was first released on the PlayStation around the same time as the movie. In terms of gameplay, A Bug's Life is a standard 3D platformer. Playing as Flik, you complete missions within various levels, all based on key segments from the movie, such as collecting food for the grasshoppers, finding the warrior bugs, and many more. In order to defend yourself from enemies, you can collect different berries. You will also be collecting letters that spell the word 'FLIK' and seed grains, presenting a proud tradition of classic platformers of the 80s and 90s. Finally, you would encounter bosses based on some of the biggest confrontations in the movie, including the infamous bird and Hopper himself.

The Nintendo 64 version was released a year later, around the same time as the VHS and DVD release of the film. The two games were identical gameplay wise, but the PlayStation version of the game featured film clips that told the story in between levels and had higher quality sound. The Nintendo 64 version, in spite of FMV clips of the movie and CD quality sound, had better graphics and more polished gameplay.

Speaking of its technical capabilities, A Bug's Life looks pretty decent. Of course, it doesn't rival or surpass the beauty of the original film due to the systems and their technical prowess. But the familiar elements of the film, such as Ant Island and the characters themselves, are recognizable. The PlayStation version had a lower polygon count but was crisper and moved faster, whereas the Nintendo 64 version had better graphics, but moved slower.

Setting aside how the two compare technologically, how were they received? Very poorly, unfortunately. The PlayStation version received the worst reviews of the two versions, whlie the Nintendo 64 version received slightly better reviews. Yet, even with all of that, I enjoyed playing the game on my Nintendo 64 back in the day. Maybe it was the charm of the film making it more appealing, but I look at this game and it brings me back to the late 90s.

If you are feeling like me and want to play this game to relive both the movie and the game, it can be easily downloaded through Sony's PlayStation Store. You can buy the game for both the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3. Based on the footage I have seen it is a perfect emulation of the game, with all the film footage and other extras intact.

If I were to sum up the game as a whole, I would use this quote from It's Tough to be a Bug...


Well, it still has a few bugs in it, but that's our show

Yeah, A Bug's Life: The Game may be far from perfect, but it is worth trying out at least once. Disney Interactive Studios would release far superior Pixar based games later on (such as the recent Toy Story 3), so things did get better from there.

 

Past Gamer Tuesday

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Aladdin
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
Hercules

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

Pocahontas
Tangled, the Video Game
Tarzan
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
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
Quackshot
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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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
NintendoLand
Pico Games

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

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

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
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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
Bonkers
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck
DuckTales

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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