Mickey Mania


"The timeless adventures of Mickey Mouse"

"Featuring characters created by the legendary Disney Studios, an all action technicolour tale incorporating a myriad of gameplay possibilities that will scroll, rotate and propel you through the magical career of the World's most famous cartoon star."

Game Information
Developer Traveller's Tales
Publisher Sony Imagesoft & Disney Software
Distributor Sony Electronic Publishing
Copyright Date 1994
Players 1
Age Rating(s) ELPSA 3+
Save Type None
Cart Version Yes

Part Numbers
Game T-93305-18
Front Cover None specific
Back Cover None specific
Manual None specific
Spine Card ?
CD 1 None specific
Bar Code 7 35009 70630 0



Join Mickey Mouse in a game spanning 6 adventures from his cartoon career.  The game kicks off with Steamboat Willie (1928), starting in a flickering black and white that is gradually colourised as you progress through the level.  The remaining sections of the game use "The Mad Doctor" (1933), "Moose Hunters" (1937), "Lonesome Ghost" (1933), "Mickey and the Beanstalk" (1947) and "The Prince and the Pauper" (1990) as inspiration.  It's a bit disappointing no to see Fantasia in there in some respect, but then that movie has it's own (cartridge only) game.  With the exception of the first and last levels there's a good chance that the you've never seen any of the cartoons in question, which detracts a little from the enjoyment of the "Timeless Adventures".

Most of the game is standard platform fare but Traveller's Tales have found a few ways to keep the player on their toes.  One section sees Mickey running around the outside of a smoothly rotating tower, making his way up platforms against a rising lake of fire, whilst another sees him running into the screen (think The Lion King) to evade a pursuing Moose!  Though the latter of these suffers from noticeably larger borders, they add variety to the standard left to right game and are well designed.  Despite its children's roots this is not an easy game - you probably won't be finishing this one in one sitting.  Whilst marbles to throw at your enemies are plentiful (hello, Castle of Illusion) most take two or three shots to despatch and energy pick-ups are scarce, and extra lives even more so.  Levels need to be taken at a slow, thoughtful pace to avoid the large number of enemies and pitfalls and Mickey himself feels very slightly sluggish whilst being responsive enough to avoid severe frustration.

The whole game is beautifully animated as you would expect from a Disney product, and the Mega-CD provides excellent music and samples & spot effects that the cart version lacks, making it the version of choice.  That said, there's no extra levels or bonuses for Mega-CD owners beyond the better presentation.  The Mega-CD didn't have that many platform games released for it, so it's just as well that this one is an absolute corker.

Three demo discs were released - one with Mega Power, one with Sega Pro CD and a third with the Spanish magazine MegaSega.