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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez

 

August 15, 2017 (Originally published

January 24, 2012

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Pinocchio

Developed by: Disney Interactive, Virgin Entertainment

System: Super Nintendo, Genesis, Game Boy

When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are...

Right after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released, Walt Disney and his creative team had nowhere to go but up, and boy did they go up! Pinocchio nearly perfected every asset presented in Snow White; from the character animation to the way the story is presented. Even if the movie didn't originally set box office records when it first premiered, it has become one of the most iconic animated movies ever made, constantly appearing in many �Best of� lists. It even defines the Disney company as a whole, and has created several attractions based on it. While Pinocchio at first doesn't seem to be the kind of movie that merits a video game based on it, the wild popularity of the film with children and adults did make it ripe for a solid video game adaptation.

Developed by Disney Interactive in conjunction with Virgin Entertainment (which developed other Disney titles like Mickey Mania and the Genesis version of Aladdin), Pinocchio is a platformer title where players go through some of the major events of the film playing as either Pinocchio or Jiminy Cricket on a special stage. This means that you will be experiencing alongside Pinocchio the thrills of discovering life for the first time, becoming an involuntary star in Stromboli's puppet show and even escaping the wrath of Monstro the whale. The film, despite its theme of dreams, wishes and believing in the impossible, was a very action heavy story, with many scenes being grand in scale. So it lends itself very well towards a video game adaptation.

Pinocchio came in the mid-to-late 90s, when licensed platformers were very common place (many of them were Disney themed as a matter of fact), which means that one of the cons the game faces is that it really doesn't set itself apart from the other efforts of the era. It is perfectly happy just giving us the basics is a very pretty manner. It didn't help that the game was released when the 16-bit era of gaming was slowly dying off just as the next era was making its way into the mainstream, so that made Pinocchio an almost forgotten title.

That's not to say that the game is bad, though. As basic as the game may seem to the average player, it does do a good job of bringing the movie to video game form. The difficulty setting (which can be altered to a player's liking) is fine enough that young fans of the movie can come in and play it to their hearts content.

Another reason the game is a solid effort is because a lot of thought went into presenting Pinocchio as a video game title. Like I mentioned earlier, Pinocchio is a looker, featuring some of the best animation early Disney has ever produced. The character sprites may not always reach the same high caliber presented in hand drawn video games like Aladdin for the Genesis and Mickey Mania, but they are very colorful and move very smoothly, giving it a lush hand drawn look to it all. The levels closely resembled the hand painted backgrounds of the film, and the big action pieces look great. Not only that, we get little details like the title card of the movie, as well as the book seen in the opening scene and other stills ripped right out of the film. I've spoken before about how important authenticity is in licensed video games, and Pinocchio does a great job at respecting the film's legacy by accurately depicting it in terms of graphics.

Music is also a great asset in Pinocchio, both the film and the video game adaptation. When you wish upon a star not only has become an anthem for all things Disney, it has been ingrained into our popular culture, perfectly capturing the abstract nature of faith and believing in our own dreams. The video game proudly give us a beautiful 16-bit rendition of the tune. Other tunes that can be heard include An Actor's Life for Me and I've Got No Strings on Me. The original tunes also capture Pinocchio's plucky musical nature and do a good job of providing players with a lot of atmosphere to absorb.

Pinocchio the video game doesn't exactly break new ground in terms of licensed games and video game adaptations, but it certainly is a very pretty and solid title that uses the film's assets in the best manner possible. It is just as simple as wishing upon a star...

Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
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

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

Miscellaneous
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
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
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
DisneyQuest

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
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

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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