What is The Disney Afternoon Collection?
The Disney Afternoon Collection is a bundle of six retro Disney games - DuckTales 1 and 2, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 1 and 2, TaleSpin and Darkwing Duck. Each originally released on the NES between 1989 and 1993, and recreated here with their original graphics, sound and gameplay, the Disney Afternoon Collection offers players a chance to relive their childhood, or discover a new favourite, with a range of extra features designed to bring the games up to date.
How do you play The Disney Afternoon Collection?
The vast majority of the games in the Disney Afternoon Collection are 2D platform games - and ones that'll really test your skills. With fast moving enemies to dodge or attack, countless projectiles to avoid, and some pixel perfect platforming required to make it across gaps and hang on to ledges, these are nothing if not tough. With next to no in-game tutorials (luckily, you can bring up a handy manual that'll give you plenty of tips), you'll need to keep your wits about you as your make your way through the levels, and experiment to figure out how to get from A to B.
Perhaps the trickiest part of each games are the boss fights. Often filling the screen with projectiles, or forcing you to keep dodging back and forth within a tiny enclosed space, each boss fight challenges you in a slightly different way, but each is every bit is as punishing as the last.
The only game in the collection that isn't a platform game is TaleSpin. Here, you'll take to the skies as Baloo in a side-scrolling shooter, as you trade shots with Shere Khan's hired goons and go about your usual deliveries. Every bit as tricky as the other games, TaleSpin has a habit of forcing you down narrow tunnels and corridors, often only giving you just enough time to fly through. We should also note that while most games are single player here, both Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers games do have support for same-screen co-op.
How easy is The Disney Afternoon Collection to pick up and play?
Hailing from a time before tutorials, save points and adjustable difficulty levels were a thing, despite their child friendly connections, the games of the Disney Afternoon Collection are nothing if not hard. Luckily, this is something the developers realised, as they've added a variety of ways to make things a little bit easier. First up, you can now save your game at any point, letting you restart wherever you left off if things go sour. But perhaps the most useful new addition is the rewind feature. With enemies often catching you off guard, and with little health to play with, you can't afford to make too many mistakes - which is exactly what makes the rewind feature so handy. Letting you effectively undo up to the last 15-20 seconds of gameplay, you can jump back in time at the touch of a button, letting you pick up your game from a much better place. Without the rewind feature, many of the games here would be incredibly hard to complete - but with the ability to undo your mistakes, you should be able to finish everything here, even if you sometimes do find yourself having to rewind every few seconds.
As a collection of kids games, the Disney Afternoon Collection features nothing in the way of mature content. While you'll pelt enemies with crates, or shoot them with a gas gun, there's nothing in the way of blood, or even any realistic impacts.
Format Reviewed: PC