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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez


August 21, 2018  (originally published September 24, 2013)

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlight: Cinderella's Midnight Dash

Sometimes, adaptations of various Disney franchises take liberties in their execution, much like Disney take liberties in their own films. On some occasions, this works for the better, sometimes for the worse, and sometimes it is so silly you can't help but enjoy it. Today's game takes a very famous scene from an animated classic and creates a game that can be silly, but still fun to play: Cinderella's Midnight Dash.

An online 3D flash game created to promote last year's Cinderella's release on Blu-ray, Midnight Dash has Cinderella escaping the 12 tolls of midnight, where the spell will end, and she shall be back to her rags. This scene is one of my favorites from the film. While in other adaptations of the Cinderella story the escape is very quiet and happens very quickly, Disney's take on the story creates a tense moment where everyone's lives are affected by the midnight curse. Cinderella has to return home before the spell is over, the Grand Duke must stop Cinderella from escaping, and Prince Charming has lost his mysterious girl. The usage of music and imagery is also fantastic, creating a scene that makes an already fantastic film even better.

Cinderella's Midnight Dash

So it comes as no surprise that they have created a 3D flash game based on this scene. However, the liberties they have taken in order to create a playable version of this scene make it both fun and really funny in an unintentional way. As Cinderella, players must guide her as she makes her way back to the pumpkin coach. Using the various keys on the keyboard, players can make Cinderella move left and right, jump over obstacles and skip on various stones. As I played this, I couldn't help but think, 'Wow, Cinderella really had a long way to go before she reached the coach!' The idea of Cinderella jumping around while wearing a heavy dress is also a funny one.

Cinderella's Royal Dash

Players can also summon the Fairy Godmother. When doing so, Cinderella can fly, helping her reach her destination faster. They can also find some of Cinderella's mice friends are scattered throughout the track. This will create a bigger score at the end of the run. And... that's it! Flash games like this one are often created to be featured on a promotional website. They are not complicated, and feature a very simplistic aesthetic presentation. Yet in some cases, they can be very engaging and fun time wasters outside their promotional stance.

Midnight Dash is one of the many Flash games that uses 3D graphics to depict the overall gameplay. Cinderella's 3D model, in particular, looks really nice. When you use the Fairy Godmother power up, you can see Cinderella's bare feet as she flies across the track. A nice detail indicating that she has left her shoe behind (though why she left behind her two shoes is beyond me).

The game is free to play, and may require additional Flash plug-ins and updates in order to run it. You can do so at this link:

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

Fun Finds
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
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
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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