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June 5, 2012

Author's Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, part 6 of the Kingdom Hearts retrospective has been delayed till next week. In the meantime, enjoy this week's article! -Pedro "Pap" Hernandez

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Mickey's Dangerous Chase

Developed by: Capcom

System: Game Boy

Is there something that hasn't already been said about Capcom? Their partnership with Disney in the 80s and 90s was legendary, yielding a lot of great games in the process. However, Capcom also did many games for the Game Boy, which at times were just as good as their console counterparts. Today's game is a wholly original Mickey Mouse game made exclusively for the Game Boy: Mickey's Dangerous Chase.

The story in Mickey's Dangerous Chase is that Pete has stolen Mickey's presents for Minnie, and is now making a run for it through various locales. Mickey then decides to follow him and try and catch him in order to retrieve the presents. As you can probably tell from the basic story, Mickey's Dangerous Chase is a side-scrolling adventure/platformer where the main objective is to complete the levels and reach the very end. Players will traverse through locales like the harbor, the forest and Mickey's hometown, with level progression being similar to that of Nintendo's Super Mario series (as in 1-1, 1-2 etc.)

What's very peculiar about this game is that it is based on Capcom's other Disney game, Chip N' Dale Rescue Rangers for the NES. First, you get to choose between Mickey or Minnie as playable characters, similar to Rescue Rangers. The main method of attack is picking up crates and throwing them at enemies, also like in Rescue Rangers. On occasion, Mickey and Minnie get to ride on boats in a high speed chase through the river and even float on balloons.

Mickey's Dangerous Chase is a very simplistic effort. Even some of the graphics in the actual gameplay are very clean and straight in their design. But this being a handheld game, the simplicity of the game is understandable. Unlike today where many handheld games compete with console games in terms of scope and content, handheld games back in the day were developed to be enjoyed on the game, and thus were usually lighter in content and concepts.

Mickey's Dangerous Chase works great as a diversion once you create the mentality that this is a Game Boy game. There's nothing wrong with that, however, as it offers the same polished gameplay that made Rescue Rangers a NES darling, but is it light enough that can be briefly enjoyed when on the go. Sometimes, games don't need the most complex concepts for them to be entertaining, and Mickey's Dangerous Chase is a fine example of that.

 

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