Beauty and the Beast - Belle's Quest

a game by The Walt Disney Company, and Software Creations

Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis

Genres: Adventure/RPG, Educational/Kids, Platformer

See also: Quest Games, Beauty and the Beast Games

Sunsoft had a great idea-take the Beauty and the Beast license and create two games, one that appeals to girls and the other two boys. In Belle's Quest, gamers play as Belle, the heroine of the classic animated Disney movie. Although the game is beautiful to behold and closely follows the plot of the movie, its game play isn't exciting enough to hold the interest of any gamers.

ProTip: Belle needs help from Gaston to successfully leave the Village.

A Rose by Any Other Name

To find the Beast and save him, Belle must venture through four areas, solving puzzles, working through mazes, and finding missing objects, or completing other adventure-game tasks. Some of the movie's characters, like Gaston and Lumiere, make brief appearances during the game, but they don't figure largely in the game play.

To get out of the Forest safely, Belle has to go North whenever she sees a Yellow Rose, East when she sees a White Rose, and Northwest when she sees a Red Rose.

The game's challenge is geared for younger gamers, but it's too advanced for children who cannot read well (you have to read to solve the puzzles). Older kids will find that the puzzles and problems Belle has to solve in each stage are few and far between -- a lot of time is spent just walking from place to place, creating repetitive and monotonous game play. Even worse, when Belle's lives run out, she returns to the beginning of the game.

You can't drop more than five books in the Village's Bookshop.

Be Our Guest

Belle can walk, jump, duck, and pick things up. The three-button controls are simple, though novices may take mucho damage by mixing up duck and jump (a big frustration for little fingers). Belle moves slowly compared to other video game characters, which can be very annoying when you're trying to retrace your steps for the umpteenth time.

In the West Wing, pull drawers open to look for hidden items.

On the bright side, beautiful graphics capture the Disney animation well, and a lot of energy was spent on cinematic screens that retell the "tale as old as time." Unfortunately, the text in the text boxes is tiny and difficult to read. The Disney tunes, though, help to enhance the ambiance, and they're guaranteed to make fans of the movie sing along.

The West Wing contains a room with a Mirror, and it conceals a 1-up in its far right comer.

Provincial Game

Belle's Quest is a great idea, but it's poorly executed. Kudos to Sunsoft for trying to make a game that appeals to girls, but unfortunately this beauty is a beast.

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  • Theme: RPG
  • No. of Levels: 5
  • Release: 1994

People say:

7

Belle's Quest is going to be a great game for young girls. It might also be a good RPG for young boys or inexperienced players. It has good graphics, especially in the backgrounds. The story is like a fairy tale, and it's nice looking cinematic displays help round out this cart. The control of Belle surprised me as using a button is not what anybody would expect. Still, it wasn't hard to get used to. Not bad!

6

OK, role-playing games are what I truly enjoy and Belle's Quest isn't a bad effort. The storyline is cool and the graphics are really top-notch. Belle's animation when she walks is some of the best yet, even though she does move agonizingly slow. But what's with these 'temporary setbacks'? Can't Belle die? Anyway, it's a decent RPG for the younger crowd. Both boys and girls will enjoy it.

5

Although I like the animated movie, I guess you could say that I'm a little disappointed with Belle's Quest the video game. Yes, the graphics are very nice as is the sound, but the part about the game I didn't like the most was the awkward control of Belle. Using a button to duck may confuse some people. As a game for young girls add a couple of points to the rating. For average players, this doesn't cut it.

7

Nobody better call me a sissy but I really enjoyed the animated film. The game follows the movie in a more cinematic manner than Action. Basically it plays like an adventure game with puzzles and mazes. The animation and graphics are good plus the music is decent and right out of the movie. I think kids can get into it with the fun and simple bonus rounds. Hardcore players may dog it but it's got an audience.

reggie posted a review

Beauty and the Beast -- Belle's Quest is a Disney video game which follows the story of the very popular movie series called Beauty and the Beast. The game was released in 1993 for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and along Roar of the Beast is one of the two Beauty and the Beast franchise games for Sega’s platform.

The story from the game is exactly the one from the movie. Belle and the Beast fall in love though they are very different. And yes, the Beast becomes a prince at some point in time. There is nothing new in the plot. Sure, the story from the game is not as detailed as the one in the movie, but you will get the same idea from both of the productions. There are also some cut scenes from the movie in the game, which offer the story more credibility and remembers the players about the great movie Beauty and the Beast was.

The gameplay was not very popular in this game. Belle’s Quest is a side-scrolling game, but not really a platform one. There are several levels in the game which the player has to finish in order to move on to the next stage. For getting to the second level you have to talk to Gaston and answer his questions right. According to several reviews, the game is fine until Gaston allows you to move on. From there it becomes bad.

Though the game looks simple, some of the actions you are required to do are not that simple. Jumping on water-lilies over the lake to reach the other side is not as easy as it sounds. Finding the right path to exit the woods is not a joy either.

The gameplay was considered boring by some of the reviewers, though I am pretty sure children enjoyed it. However, as you will see in the last paragraph of this article, the game was never mean to be a hit.

The music in the game was fine. It was actually the exact same music as in the movie, but it does not matter as long as it fits with the action and plot. The music is different from a level to another, which makes this game a bit less boring.

Beauty and the Beast - Belle's Quest, which was released in the beginning of the 90s, was not as popular as the movie was. Small kids enjoyed the game and played it often, but at some point in time it got boring for them as well. The action is repetitive in some of the levels and getting to the next stage will drive the players crazy.

Critics on GameSpot rated this game with 6.2, while the users rated it with 6.5 out of 10, which is not that impressive. GameFAQs users were even harsher, offering this game a disappointing 3.0 out of 10. The average from GameRankings was 6.3, but none of these feedbacks shows the game was popular. It was just meant to be for Beauty and the Beast fans; I do not believe any other users would enjoy this game.

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