AVAILABLE ON: PC, SNES
DEVELOPER(S): 7th Level (PC), Tiertex Design Studios (SNES)
PUBLISHER(S): Disney Interactive (PC), THQ (SNES)
The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa were THE dynamic duo of the 90's when it came to movie buddies. They got their own spin-off cartoon in 1995, and on its heels, came a collection of minigames entitled Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games, exclusively for the PC. However, two years later, it was stripped and ported to the dying Super Nintendo Entertainment System, obviously in the lack of passion and more suitable games. Even as a simple, very small collection of minigames, Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games fails to impress or captivate in every imaginable way.
|Everything but the kitchen sink... wait... that's |
a kitchen sink.
|That's the second-emptiest pinball table I've |
The first thing I should mention is that the game does not support the SNES Mouse, even though it would obviously make at least one of the games play out a little better since it has a cursor. Let's establish some sort of an order here. First up, we have Burper, which is namely my favourite minigame in the bunch, and it's even remotely fun for a while. It's a shoot 'em up in the style of Space Invaders, in which all kinds of shit's falling from the trees, and you need to control Pumbaa on the ground and destroy the debris, fruit and insects by burping at them. I'm a sworn fan of gas humour, so I enjoyed this game for the duration of a few levels. It gets boring real quick, but at least there's some fashion of attraction to it.
|Virtua Cop vs. The Lion King. What?|
We've already passed the halfway checkpoint here! Slingshooter is somewhat of a 3D rail version of Burper. In this game, though, targets cannot hurt you. Your only goal is to hit a certain amount of targets within a time limit, and keep in mind that your ammunition is also limited. There's no punishment in this game, for example, for hitting a wrong kind of target - they're all the right kind. Just shoot away and you're done with this bit, as long as you keep your eye on your ammunition.
|This is so boring it's almost exhausting.|
That's it, that's all you're going to get. Consider this a forewarning to when you next log on to an auction site and go for a hunt for some obscure, rare SNES cartridges. For your totally unnecessary information, a new copy of Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games currently goes for fifteen bucks on eBay. Even if I was a collector, I wouldn't pay more than fifteen cents for it.
GRAPHICS : 6.8
SOUND : 6.5
PLAYABILITY : 3.5
LIFESPAN : 1.5
CONCLUSION : 2.8
a.k.a. Disney's Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games