I’m a big Disney fan so when this collection was announced, I was pretty excited. Admittedly, I then forgot about it until the day of its release where I proceeded to play through the TaleSpin and Chip and Dale games in a short period of time, and I found myself having a blast!
Included in this retro collection is Ducktales 1 and 2, Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers 1 and 2, TaleSpin and Darkwing Duck. I’m familiar with some of these from when I was much younger, but the six games hold up well today although they do have some notable framerate issues. These games were pretty well-received back when they released, and being able to play through some classic Disney titles is good fun — they’re pretty damn difficult, though! There’s not much of a story to any of them bar a few lines of dialogue, usually in-between missions, and they’re easy to follow and scream 80’s and 90’s — the menu does this exact same thing, and I love it.
The six games are all 2D side-scrollers and play pretty similarly, but each has cool features that help them to stand out. TaleSpin allows you to press X to flip your airplane upside down which allows you to shoot enemies behind you — despite being old, this feels like a fresh feature I became enamoured with. Chip and Dale lets you pick up items and instead of just being able to throw them, you can also hide in them — this isn’t quite as useful, but I had fun playing around with it. A brand new feature is the “rewind feature” which, as you’ve likely guessed, lets you rewind to any point so that you can continue your game. I found this to be very useful at times, but it’s not available when you play Boss Rush or Time Trial where you’ll have to rely solely on your own skills. Younger players will be able to join in the fun too now, though.
The collection holds up well today with minimal work done to them and, again, my only issue is that the framerate can be abhorrent at times. I noticed it mostly in Ducktales where if too many enemies or items were on-screen, it would slow down to a crawl and being nigh unplayable. It’s a shame as it’s a solid game that has seen several releases over the years, and this isn’t one of its best ones. Hopefully it’ll be patched, but otherwise it’s a good idea to clear enemies to minimise the issue!
There’s seemingly been no work done to them visually but their sprites are still wonderful, and each games variety of areas kept my interest. The games are short but they do have me itching to replay some of them — my personal favourites were the two Chip and Dale games, if you were interested! You can play them full screen or with a small screen and themed borders (which you can also turn off), and I chose the latter option to avoid the visuals becoming stretched. You can also activate TV or monitor mode to change how the lines are processed but I decided to leave it as normal as I felt it was the best looking option. There’s no voice-work and the original soundtracks have seemingly been left untouched too, but you can still make out the theme songs which I recognise from the cartoons. This collection is completely retro and it revels in being so.
The Disney Afternoon Collection is worth the asking price if you like retro and 2D side-scrollers, and being a fan of Disney helps too. I’ve enjoyed my time with it and I know I’ll return to it time and time again, and I hope that Capcom put out another collection someday. If you’re looking to relive a part of your childhood or catch up on what you missed out on, then The Disney Afternoon Collection is well worth buying. I had my reservations, but I’ve very much enjoyed The Disney Afternoon Collection.