An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

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a game by Hudson Soft, and Shimada Kikaku
Genres: Educational/Kids, Platformer
Platform: SNESSNES (1994)
Editor Rating: 6.3/10, based on 6 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Movie-Based Games

Fievel's got a big problem. His family, the Mousekowitzes, are about to become dinner for Cat R. Waul. Fievel has to snarl the cat's plans, or resign himself to becoming a mouse-size entree.

A Tail as Old as Time

As Fievel, your task is as straightforward as gaming gets: Survive to the end of each of the five side-scrolling action/adventure levels. Although this game's gonna seem like old hat to experienced gamers, it kicks up enough dust to keep dude cowboys and other novices happy.


  • You'll find the first large Heart in this money block at the beginning of Stage 1-1. These Hearts give you greater health capacity.
  • Shoot money blocks for power-ups, but first make sure you don't need to leap off them to reach higher spots.

Each level mirrors a scene from the animated movie, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. Fievel has to pass the obstacles and fend off hungry cats with his pistol, which fires corks and then water if you grab the right power-up. Besides weapon power-ups, Fievel can nab extra life and health, a continue icon, invincibility, and, of course, 1-ups. The power-ups are hidden inside boxes, and appear when Fievel shoots at the boxes.

The movie's famous stars, like Cat R. Waul, Chula, One Eye, and Puppet, are the big bosses at the end of each stage. They're nice to look at, but have predictable patterns and are easy to stomp.

In Stage 2, it's easier to dodge the fish by jumping into the water and wading.

Fievel's easy to maneuver, with simple two-button jump- and-shoot controls. Like so many platform games, though, he has an annoying habit of jumping in the wrong place at the wrong time. You'd swear his feet landed on that block, partner, but he plunges to the big corral in the sky anyway.

An American Tail is set in the western frontier, complete with cowpokes and other varmints. The game's graphics are nicely drawn. They capture the qualities of the movie animation and are quite charming. Unfortunately, the stage graphics are repetitive and the side- scrolling action is linear, which combine to give the game a mechanical predictability.

  • Watch out for the pit that opens at the beginning of Stage 4-1.
  • If you fall off the train in Stage 3, just keep runnin' to the right and you'll mosey right on out of the stage.

What's more, Hudson's license didn't include the rights to use any of the great tunes from the movie. Their addition would have made the soundtrack shine.

America the Beautiful

Overall, An American Tail's just what it claims to be: a simple platform game based on a popular animated movie. It's a good first game for beginning cowpokes, but it's too linear and predictable for anyone used to more advanced range riding.

People say:


Fievel looks like a cartoon and sounds like one as well, but this title just didn't catch my eye. The control seemed a bit too loose. It was also a tad too difficult for me. And I had trouble getting through it. I'm not quite sure what audience this is intended for. I think younger players will get frustrated, and older players will be turned off by the title. It's a good cart; but like I said, it's not exactly my type of game.


Fievel Goes West is a cute game that's based on quite an old movie. What you'll find is a solid action game with extremely good music, smooth play control, and a fun theme. The attention to background detail is noticeable right from the start. Some of the levels, like 2-1 where you're floating in the can, can be frustrating. Overall, it's a fun game for the kiddies and is also challenging enough for an older gamer.


Fievel Goes West starts off with some very cute music to make the player fall in love with the main character, but it loses its appeal quickly with poor game play. The control is there, but the interaction is lost somewhere in the game field. Too bad though. The graphic rendition of the cute little mouse, as well as the other characters from the movie, is excellent as is the soundtrack. Suited for younger players only.


The look of the game is cute and cartoony enough to attract people of all ages. However, the game play doesn't complement the game. The sounds and graphics are definitely tops but there isn't enough interaction to keep someone interested Also, for younger players the control may be a bit awkward and the game play too simple. It could have benefitted from a more Mario feel with more things to interact with.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Game Reviews

The Mousekewitz family has been lured out West by that tricky feline Cat R. Waul. Only Fievei knows the dastardly secret that awaits his kin. Armed with his trusty water pistol, the little mouse ori the prairie leaps into action from the big city to the Wild West. It's up to Plevel to save his family from becomirig mouse-burgers for Cat R. Waul and his desperado henchmen. This game is very cool because it is aimed at the younger generation. You shoot everyone with a cork gun and/or a water gun. This makes for almost nonviolent game. There are lots of hidden items and a couple of hidden sub-levels for you to find. This game is challenging for the younger gamers and should provide hours of fun. Who could resist the chance of playing as that cute little mouse that so many children of all ages have come to love? The Wild West comes alive in this action-packed game. Fievel Mousekewitz is truly "The Best in the West."

  • Manufacturer: Hudson Soft
  • Machine: SNES
  • Genre: action
  • Players: 1
  • Levels: 5, with various cub-levels
  • Difficulty: easy

Well, it's not exactly the ultimate cat and mouse game: Evil Cat R. Waul has played upon the dreams of Fievel's family and lured the Mousekewitz family to the Old West, a place he's told those cats and mice live in harmony. In truth, he plans to serve up the Mousekewitz clan as (gulp) mouseburgers!

While Fievel may be small, he's full of fight - and aspirations to follow in the footsteps of his hero, lawdog Wylie Burp. He's discovered Cat R. Waul's crafty scheme and is committed to foiling the plan and saving his family. But the little guy is armed with only his trusty pop-gun, water pistol, and other items as he high-tails it through five levels of desperados and obstacles en route to a clash with Cat R. Waul. The game's simplicity, brevity (only five levels!), and familiarity should make it a good selection for kids. But the control is a little rough when you're jumping and shooting and leads to frustrating moments even for grown-ups. Since there's nothing new or original, it's little more than another average action game with a sweet cartoon character.

That spunky little mouse, Fievel, is in trouble up to his tiny snout once again. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West will definitely bring out the little kid in you!

The action is literally nonstop (and I do mean non-stop) in this jumpin', runnin' and gunnin' extravaganza! Too much fun you say? But wait, there's more!

Fievel has his handy popgun ready to dispatch any and all enemies that get in his way! He can grab power-ups like a squirt gun, as well as 1-Ups and other life-giving items.

The graphics are very detailed and quite excellent. Once again, Hudson Soft has made a video game which looks more like a cartoon than a game!

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West will appeal to a broad spectrum of gamers. Even the more experienced gamers will be able to play without being unchallenged! Young and old alike will enjoy this cart!

  • Manufacturer: Hudson Soft
  • Machine: Super NES
  • Theme: Action

Based on the animated film that hit a while back, you play the part of an immigrant mouse that has a taste for adventure. Fievel decides to travel to the Wild West to save his family from the cunning Cat R. Waul. He's armed with a simple water pistol - that's it. Will it be enough to survive the many dangers ahead?

The Mousekewitz family is facing its worst crisis ever. Fievel knows his folks are about to be turned into mouse-burgers, so he'll do anything to save them. The little mouse has to go through Western towns, on giant mine cars, and to the relentless desert. Can Fievel prevail?

Join in on the animation as Fievel in An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. In the lively animated video game, based on the popular movie of the same name, you will guide the little mouse who has to find his way through the Wild West in search for his family. Oh, but watch out for those annoying felines who would just love to eat you for their snack. Fight or avoid the cats and other obstacles as you head westward on a wild, wild adventure. Arm Fievel with a gun that can take out the bad guys who are trying to keep you from reaching your goal. With side-view action around nearly every corner, this side-scrolling game is sure to be a blast at almost any age. The story line of this great American Tail takes place in the later 19th century, so get caught up in the ways of the Wild West and help Fievel find his way home. This 1994 release by Hudson Soft Company, Ltd. is an action packed, arcade style platform for SNES gaming systems.

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