The Lion King

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The Lion King
Publisher: Sega Mega Drive Virgin Interactive, Sega Master System Sega Game Gear Sega
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System
ROM size: Sega Master System Sega Game Gear 512kB, Sega Mega Drive 3MB
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive JP 1994-12-09 ¥7,800 T-70083
Sega Mega Drive US 1994 $? T-70316
Sega Mega Drive EU 1994 T-70316-50
Sega Mega Drive UK 1994 £? T-70316-05
Sega Mega Drive FR 1994  ?FF T-70316-09
Sega Mega Drive DE 1994  ?DM T-70316-18
Sega Mega Drive ES 1994  ?Pts T-70316-06
Sega Mega Drive IT 1994  ?£ T-70316-13
Sega Mega Drive AU 199x $? FLIO00SMC
Sega Mega Drive AU (Platinum) 199x $? FLIO00SMC
Sega Mega Drive KR 199x ₩? GM95006JT
Sega Master System EU 1994 £? MK-27081-50
Sega Master System UK 1994 £? MK-27081-05
Sega Master System FR 1994  ?FF MK-27081-09
Sega Master System DE 1994  ?DM MK-27081-18
Sega Master System ES 1994  ?Pts MK-27081-06
Sega Master System IT 1994  ?£ MK-27081-13
Sega Master System PT 1996 $5,990
Sega Master System AU 199x $? FLIO00SEC
Sega Master System BR 1994 $? 028450
Sega Game Gear JP 1995-01-13 ¥3,800 G-3363
Sega Game Gear US 1994 $? 2549
Sega Game Gear US (Majesco) 199x $? 1205
Sega Game Gear EU 1994 £? T-70158-50
Sega Game Gear UK 1994 £? T-70158-05
Sega Game Gear FR 1994  ?FF T-70158-09
Sega Game Gear DE 1994  ?DM T-70158-18
Sega Game Gear ES 1994  ?Pts T-70158-06
Sega Game Gear BR 199x $?  ?

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 get's 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.

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

Westwood Studios:

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

Disney Software:

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

Virgin Interactive Entertainment:

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
Virgin Interactive Europe:

Product Producer: Ian Mathias</br>
Test Manager: Kevin Turner
Testers: Tony Hinds, John Martin, Paul Welton, Simon Humber, Tony Byus, Michael Wenn, Carl Perrin, Alon Malka

Disney Software:

Sr. Producer: Patrick Gilmore
Assistant Producer: Michael Giacchino

Sega of America:

Producer: Rhonda Van
Assistant Producer: Erik Whaiberg
Product Manager: Chrissie Huneke
Test Lead: Crisi Albertson
Assistant Leads: Kimberly Rogers, Ben Cureton
Testers: Sam Saliba, Rachael Bristol, Jeffery Kessler, Joel Breton, Carey Camacho, Bill Person, Blair Bullock, Gregg Vogt, Todd Morgan, Don Carmichael, Maria Tuzzo, Amine Khoury, Ben Szymkowiak, Randy Kriedt, Kif Davis, Daniel Wong, Bart Larrenaga, Mark Griffin

Promotional Material

Physical Scans

Mega Drive Version

Sega Mega Drive 85 Sega Retro Average 
Based on 15 reviews
Publication Score Source
56 №1, p156/157/158/159
79 №157, p87
90 №23, p46
87 №67
86 №6, p15
93 №36, p82/83/84/85
87 №26, p58-61Media:MeanMachinesSega26UK.pdf
95 №47, p94/95/96/97
79 №61, p44/45/46
90 №39, p38/39
90 №42, p11
Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, AU
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The Lion King Megadrive AUS Manual.pdf
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Silver Cart variant
Mega Drive, AU (Sega Platinum Collection)
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Silver Cart variant
Mega Drive, UK
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Mega Drive, FR
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Mega Drive, DE
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Mega Drive, ES
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Mega Drive, IT

Mega Drive, KR

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Master System Version

Sega Master System 83 Sega Retro Average 
Based on 3 reviews
Publication Score Source
86 №27, p114Media:MeanMachinesSega27UK.pdf
75 №48, p149
87 №39, p73
Master System, EU
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Master System, UK
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Master System, FR
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Master System, DE
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Master System, ES
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Master System, IT
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Master System, BR
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Master System, AU
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Master System, PT

Game Gear Version

Sega Game Gear 77 Sega Retro Average 
Based on 2 reviews
Publication Score Source
85 №6, p21
68 №48, p149
Game Gear, US
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Game Gear, US (Majesco)
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Game Gear, EU
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Game Gear, JP
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Game Gear, BR
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Game Gear, FR
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Game Gear, DE
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Game Gear, ES
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Game Gear, IT
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