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The Lion King
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Virgin Interactive,
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Sound driver: Krisalis/Shaun Hollingworth
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,800 T-70083
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? T-70316
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£49.99 T-70316-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-70316-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-70316-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-70316-50
Sega Mega Drive
IT
T-70316-13
Sega Mega Drive
PT
?PTE$ MD70316
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? FLIO00SMC
Sega Mega Drive
AU (Platinum)
$? FLIO00SMC
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM95006JT



Sega Master System
UK
£32.99[3] MK-27081-05
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-27081-09
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-27081-18
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-27081-06
Sega Master System
IT
MK-27081-13
Sega Master System
PT
5,990PTE$
Sega Master System
AU
$? FLIO00SEC
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 028450



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,800 G-3363
Sega Game Gear
US
$? 2549
Sega Game Gear
US (Majesco)
$? 1205
Sega Game Gear
UK
£? T-70158-05
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-70158-09
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-70158-18
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-70158-06
Sega Game Gear
BR
R$? ?



The Lion King (ライオンキング) is a platform game developed by Westwood Studios, Inc., Virgin Interactive, and Dark Technologies, and published by Virgin Interactive, Walt Disney Computer Software, and Sega for the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System, and several other consoles.

It was developed for the Lion King franchise and follows a story and plot similar to the film. Due to this, it was one of the first games that featured a protagonist that gets older during the game's progress. The gameplay also changes from mainly platforming to a more action oriented approach.

Although intended for children, the game was often criticized for its difficulty even with easier settings. Despite the difficulty, it was rated positively by reviewers and gamers alike.

Gameplay

Levels

TheLionKing MD ThePridelands.png The Pridelands
TheLionKing MD CantWaittobeKing.png Can't Wait to be King/The Mane Event
The second level in The Lion King is one of the hardest the game has to offer, specifically designed to appease management at Disney who wanted a longer game. This call came too late in development for the team to add new levels, so this stage saw its difficulty increase significantly, meaning it would take longer to complete.

The reasoning is thought to be behind Disney's approach to the rental market. Disney had set specific metrics regarding how far an average player should have progressed in a set period of time - if a game was too easy, the user would be less likely to buy the full retail product.

TheLionKing MD TheElephantGraveyard.png The Elephant Graveyard
TheLionKing MD TheStampede.png The Stampede
The Game Gear and Master System versions present this stage from a side-on perspective.
TheLionKing MD SimbasExile.png Simba's Exile
TheLionKing MD HakunaMatata.png Hakuna Matata
TheLionKing MD SimbasDestiny.png Simba's Destiny
Simba's return to the pridelands was cut from the final draft of the film, however as the game was made in conjunction with the script, these levels was produced before the decision was made. Reportedly Virgin Games had to fight to keep them in the final product, as Disney wanted the game to be as true to the film as possible.
TheLionKing MD BePrepared.png Be Prepared
TheLionKing MD SimbasReturn.png Simba's Return/Hyena Lairs
TheLionKing MD ReturnToPrideRock.png (Return to) Pride Rock
The Master System and Game Gear versions scrap most of this stage, only including the end fight with Scar.

Versions

Localised names

Language Localised Name English Translation
English The Lion King The Lion King
Japanese ライオンキング Lion King
French Le Roi Lion The Lion King
German Der König der Löwen The Lion King
Spanish El rey león The Lion King
Italian Il Re Leone The Lion King

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Creative Director/Producer: Louis Castle
  • Programming: Rob Povey, Barry Green
  • Assistant Programming: Ronald Pieket-Weeserik
  • Programming Support: Milo X Ballan, David "Hmmmmm" Dettmer
  • Lead Designer: Seth Mendelsohn
  • Assistant Designer: Erik Yeo
  • Background Art: Joseph B Hewitt IV, Kevin Oxland VIE UK, Hans Piwenitzky, Rick Parks
  • Animation: Cindy Chinn, David Dame, Penina Finger, Elie Arabian, Matt Hansel, Aaron Powell
  • Animation Clean-Up: Doug Verhaal, Barbarajo Shillings, John Pedraja, Mike Muehlendorf, Ken Seward
  • Audio Direction: Paul Mudra
  • Music & Sound: Matt Furniss-Krisalis Software, Ltd.
  • Sound Driver: Krisalis Software, Ltd.
  • Manual Design: Edith Laramore
  • Quality Assurance Coordination: Glenn Sperry
  • Quality Assurance:Kenneth Dunne, Michael Lightner, Jesse Clemit, Chris Rubyor, Brad Roberts, Troy Leonard, William Baca, John & Patrick Sweeney
  • Executive Producer: Brett W Sperry
  • Vice President Product Development: Christopher D Yates
  • Special Thanks To: Colin Gordon-VIE UK, Dave Chapman-VIE UK, Felix Kupis, Ted Morris, Lawrence Hiler-Chip Level Designs, David O'Riva-Bitmasters, Donna, Tony, Samantha & James Castle, Linda, Jennifer & Kimberly Green
  • Senior Producer: Patrick Gilmore
  • Assistant Producer: Michael Giacchino
  • Artwork: John Fiorito, Alex Schaeffer, Christina Vann, Ann-Bettina Colace
  • Additional Art: Katy Adams, Thomas Ang, Tom Breeden, Kurt Dumas, Hugh Jamieson, Roddy Novarro, Rob Titus
  • Art Support: Arden Ishimaru
  • Storyboards/Concept Art: Erik Wiese
  • Additional Music: Jeff Rona-Media Ventures, Inc.
  • Software Production Admin.: C. Steve Booth
  • Production Assistant: Joseph Santos
  • Product Analyst: Eric Ventura, Joseph Reyes, Toby Espiritu, Julius Baldueza, Daryl David
Disney Animation Services
  • Producer: Paul Curasi
  • Creative/Technical Consultant: Chuck Williams
  • Production Coordinator: Cammie Cavallin
  • Assistant to the Producer: Annette Laguer
  • Business Manager: Darrell Brown
  • Production Assistant: Cyndi Sager
  • Production Designer: Keith Newton
  • Supervising Animator: Chris Bradley
  • Animators: Anthony Michaels, Aaron Blaise, Darko cesar, Serguei Koushnerov, Rob Corley, Travis Blaise, Branko Mihanovic, Sasha Dorogov, Elliot Bour, Phil Boyd, Tim Hodge
  • Assistant Animators: Merritt Andrews, Caroline Clifford, Craig Crasso
  • Clean-Up Artists: arden Chan, Kevin Proctor, Anthony Stanley
  • Image Processing Specialist: Pamela Darley
  • Assistant Editor: Gary Blair
  • Support Associate Trainee: Brent Tiano
  • Special Thanks To: Roger Allers, Ruben Aquino, Clare Baren, Jeff Dixon, Don Hahn, Rob Minoff, Ruben Procopio, Bob Stanton
  • Vice President: Neil Young
  • Production Coordinators: Robb Alvey, Jeff Ziel
  • Assistant Coordinators: David Fries, Jeff Buccellato
  • Design Support: David Bishop, Chris Baver, Jared Brinkley, Sarah Thompson-VIE UK, Julian Rignal
  • Q/A Manager: Dave Maxey
  • Q/A Group Head: Chris McFarland
  • Lead Analyst: Jon Williams
  • Analyst: Scott Manning, Chad Soares, Stacey Mendoza, Craig McCoy, Paul Shoener, Chris Rausch
  • Additional Testing: Paul Villaneuva III, Eric Reid, Josh Kales, Anthony Nicholas, Joshua Madson, Richard Chan, Jay Yi, Mark Holloway, Duane Peralta, Josh Coon, Colin Elliott, Mike Galindo, Candace Galindo


Master System and Game Gear versions

Developed in the UK by Syrox Developments

  • Produced and Programmed by: Dominic Wood
  • Graphic Artists: Mark Knowles, Tony West, Mickey Adams, John Green, Jim Studt, Jason Green, Kevin Watts, Andrew Cambridge, Kevin McMahon
  • Music and Sound: Krisalis, Matt Furniss
  • Product Producer: Ian Mathias
  • Test Manager: Kevin Turner
  • Testers: Tony Hinds, John Martin, Paul Welton, Simon Humber, Tony Byus, Michael Wenn, Carl Perrin, Alon Malka
  • Sr. Producer: Patrick Gilmore
  • Assistant Producer: Michael Giacchino
Sega of America

Magazine articles

Main article: The Lion King/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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GamePro US 064.pdfGamePro US 064.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
GamePro (US) #64: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • EGM² (US) #5: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[4]
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EGM US 065.pdfEGM US 065.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #65: "December 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
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SegaVisions US 22.pdfSegaVisions US 22.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #22: "December/January 1994/1995" (1994-xx-xx)
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MAN!AC DE 1995-02.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
MAN!AC (DE) #02/95 (1995-01-11)
also published in:
  • MAN!AC (DE) #04/95 (1995-03-08)[6]
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HobbyConsolas ES 038.pdf

PDF
Game Gear print advert in
Hobby Consolas (ES) #38: "Noviembre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
56 №1, p156-159[7]
94 №37
79 №157, p87[8]
80 №64, p44[9]
94 №0712, p185[10]
90 №23, p46[11]
87 №67
86 №6, p15
93 №36, p82-85[12]
87 №26, p58-61[13]
95 №47, p94-97[14]
79 №61, p44-46
90 №39, p38/39
90 №42, p11
70 №71, p97[15]
Sega Mega Drive
85
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
The Lion King MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Lion King MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
LionKing MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
The Lion King MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, JP
Lion King MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, AU
LionKing MD AU cover.jpg
Cover
LionKing MD AU Cart.jpg
Cart
The Lion King Megadrive AUS Manual.pdf
Manual
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Silver Cart variant
Mega Drive, AU (Sega Platinum Collection)
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Cover
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Cart
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Silver Cart variant
Mega Drive, UK
LionKing MD UK Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, FR
Lion King MD FR Cover.jpg
Cover
The Lion King MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, DE
LionKing MD DE Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, ES
LionKing MD ES Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, IT

Mega Drive, KR

LionKing MD KR cart.jpg
Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №159, p90[3]
86 №27, p114[16]
75 №48, p149
87 №39, p73
Sega Master System
83
Based on
4 reviews

Master System, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, UK
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Cover
Master System, FR
LionKing SMS FR cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, DE
LionKing SMS DE cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, ES
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Cover
Master System, IT
LionKing SMS IT cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, BR
LionKing SMS BR cover.jpg
Cover
LionKing SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
LionKingSMSBRManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU
LionKing SMS AU cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, PT
LionKingSMSPTCover.jpg
Cover

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 №6, p21
68 №48, p149
Sega Game Gear
77
Based on
2 reviews

Game Gear, US
LionKing GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngLionKing GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Lionking gg us manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, US (Majesco)
LionKing GG US Box Back Majesco.jpgNospine.pngLionKing GG US Box Front Majesco.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Game Gear, EU
LionKing GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngThe Lion King GG EU box front.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Game Gear, JP
LionKing GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngLionKing GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Game Gear, BR
LionKing GG BR cover.jpg
Cover
Game Gear, FR
LionKing GG FR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngLionKing GG FR Box Front.jpg
Cover
Game Gear, DE
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Cover
Game Gear, ES
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Cover
Game Gear, IT
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 5696a5bc
MD5 e37bf6813648ec5e8bdbd2f7070010f8
SHA-1 24cbe4e75ec10e8e0ffbdb400cf86ecb072d4da9
3MB 1994-10 Cartridge

References


Games based on Disney animated films for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Ariel the Little Mermaid (1992) | Disney's Aladdin (1993) | The Jungle Book (1994) | The Lion King (1994) | Pocahontas (1996) | Pinocchio (1996)
Sega Game Gear
Ariel the Little Mermaid (1992) | The Jungle Book (1994) | Disney's Aladdin (1994) | The Lion King (1994)
Sega Master System
The Jungle Book (1993) | Disney's Aladdin (1994) | The Lion King (1994) | Ariel the Little Mermaid (1996)
Sega Pico
Math Antics with Disney's 101 Dalmatians (1994) | Pocahontas Riverbend Adventures (1995) | The Lion King: Adventures at Pride Rock (1995) | Nurie Daisuki! Dumbo no Waku Waku Circus! (1997) | Peter Pan Neverland e Ikou! (1997) | Shirayukihime (1999) | Disney Princesses: Princess ni Naritai (2003) | Disney Princesses: Ariel (2004) | Disney Princesses: Suteki ni Lesson! Hiragana-Katakana (2004)
Sega Dreamcast
Disney's Dinosaur (2000)