Video games based off of TV shows, movies, or other established properties have existed for as long as home consoles have flourished. The unfortunate truth is that these licensed games tend to be below average in terms of quality. It’s far too commonplace for a popular established property to quickly cash in high financial returns by releasing an incomplete or shoddy product. That being said, sometimes licensed games defy industry trends and occasionally, a game based on a pre-existing property manages to hit the mark and exceed expectations. The following 10 games successfully accomplished that feat and are arguably the best licensed video games ever made.
10. Aladdin (Super Nintendo)
The Super Nintendo version of Aladdin is an outstanding platformer developed by Capcom that faithfully follows the storyline of Disney’s animated film. In contrast, the Sega Genesis version of Aladdin was developed by Virgin Games and deviates from the plot set out in the source material. When discussing the Aladdin license, there is only one game that does it justice and that is Capcom’s Super Nintendo version. The game has some standout gameplay moments and features enough variety in its platforming levels to stay fresh. Occasionally, Aladdin will be tasked with riding his magic carpet in a flying level. These stages are frustratingly difficult, but do a good job of replicating similar scenes found in the film. It may look antiquated by today’s standards, but back in 1993, the Aladdin video game was considered a licensed video game success and it still holds up surprisingly well today.