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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez

 

March 21, 2017 (Originally published January 18, 2011)

           

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Beauty and the Beast Computer Game

System: DOS Computers

Developed by: Disney Software

Growing up, I had a speech impediment due to a disease I had when I was just three months old. Due to this, I had to attend many therapies, speech therapy included. This was my favorite thing to do in the week as the teacher not only was incredibly nice and wonderful, she had a computer which we used to play games with. She had such a great impact in me that it lead me to becoming the internet and gaming nerd I am today. What am I getting at with this monologue of my life? After all, this is the Disney Gamer's column, not the “Oh please Pap continue boring us with the sad story of your life” column! One of the games we used to play was Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Not only that, it was my first exposure to what may be one of my all-time favorite Disney films. But now you may be wondering, how can a romantic tale like Beauty and the Beast be turned into a video game? Well the folks at Disney Software certainly knew what to do.
   

Loading the game up it retells the first half of the events in the film, with Belle being a captive at Beast's castle. The enchanted objects, however, decide to throw a ball in their honor. The whole game is basically preparing the iconic ballroom scene, and you do so by participating in mini-games based off of the characters and the movie.

Like I just mentioned, each game deals with an aspect of the ball, such as getting Belle's dress ready, picking the flowers and preparing the dinner. Each servant will be your guide through these mini-games. For example, Cogsworth wants you to compose the music for the festivities. In order to do so you must remember the symbols he presents to you, then you must select the book with the correct symbol. As the game progresses the symbols become harder to remember and Cogsworth adds more to the list.
              

Lumiere's mini-game has you collecting cherries in a setting that is straight out of the “Be our guest” musical number. But, there are other enchanted objects dancing, so you must be careful not to bump into them. Fifi, Lumiere's girlfriend, is the host of the flower picking mini-game. In it you must dust away the snow off the flowers and pick the matching set in order to decorate the ballroom. Wardrobe's mini-game is the hardest of them all as you must collect three pieces of matching color cloths before she can give you Belle's dress. Finally, Mrs. Potts hosts an egg collecting mini-game where you must guide falling eggs onto the pan by moving the pots and pans around.
            

For an early 90s computer game, Beauty and the Beast looks beautiful, paying tribute to the gorgeous colors and design of the feature film. The characters all animate fluidly and look nearly identical to their movie counterparts. The game even has stain glass for its menu system and animation ripped right out of the film for a presentation that is stunning. The music is also fantastic. All of the mini-games feature songs from the movie, like “Belle," “Be our guest,” and, of course, “Beauty and the Beast."

All in all, the game wasn't perfect as some of the mini-games dragged on for too long, and some where really challenging for the intended audience. But it is a beautiful looking game that knows how to use the movie's world and characters very well, making it one of my beloved gaming memories of my childhood.

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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