If you're not a fan of everything Disney, you may want to save your bucks for more mature titles (like Earthworm Jim). But if you enjoy animation as much as game play, Mickey Mania is for you!
The game's story line remains the same as it was in the previous versions. Mickey must find his former selves from different cartoons to help him battle Pete. He uses marbles and his own derriere as weapons. Pete sends out enough enemies to keep him busy, too, including a collection of skeletons, ghosts, a rampaging moose, and, in the end, Pete himself.
- In the Bonus Stage, wait until the boxes swoop down close before you jump.
- The elevator doesn't stop only at this level in the Doctor's labs. Get off, then get back on and ride up one more level for a surprise.
- Knock off weasel guards before you jump. They're pretty accurate with knives.
The cartoons start with the debut flick, Steamboat Willy, and end with the '90s toon, The Prince and the Pauper In between you'll see Lonesome Ghosts, The Mad Doctor, and Mickey and the Beanstalk.
The graphics in Mickey Mania Sega CD are slightly better than they were in the Genesis version, featuring additional animations for Mickey, the Mad Doctor, Pluto, and others. The backgrounds and character sprites are topnotch recreations of the classic cartoons.
Jump on these stumps to make the Beanstalk grow.
The music has been enhanced with additional commentary from Mickey, using 60 voice samples recorded by the only living actor who can perform the voice of Mickey Mouse.
Control is a little mousy. Mickey gets only four hits before he expires, although he'll take a lot more in any given scene. Some leaps of faith and tricky areas may trap beginning gamers, but intermediate players will scurry through immediately.
Mickey Mania's levels are very short, though, so you won't have to sweat your whiskers too much. You won't be challenged, either, because the computer A.I. is easy to beat. With the inclusion of an extra level, this CD game makes a great addition to any die-hard Disney fan's library. For gamers looking for a tough challenge, though, Mickey might be a little cheesy.
- To advance here in Steamboat Willy, knock off Pete with marbles, and then jump on his stomach to climb the boxes.
- The Mad Doctor throws beaker bombs. Avoid the bombs and nail him with marbles, even when he's off-screen. Jump and butt him to get at the stars above the chalkboard.