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Young Simba just can't wait to be king. His father is the current King of the Savannah and the young prince is able to frolic the lands at will; jumping on and around other subjects of this animal kingdom. When Simba's father, King Mufasa, is killed and his evil brother Scar takes over the kingdom, Simba is banished from the lands of his birthright and has to grow up fast, honing his skills, for the day of his return.

The Lion King, based on the famous Disney movie, is a platform game where you control Simba - initially as a young cub, and later as an adult lion. The plot of the game follows the plot of the movie. Each of the levels represents a part of the movie.

As young Simba, you can fight various beasts, such as lizards, by jumping on them. You can also roar to scare some creatures into submission, though every time you roar, you have to wait for your "roar meter" to charge.

As an adult lion, you can still roar and jump, but now you fight enemies by slashing at them with your claws (if you're skillful enough, you can also grab them and toss them off the screen).

The game features no in-game save function, and it needs to be replayed from the beginning every time.


The Lion King DOS There is a safety place!
The Lion King Windows Simba starts his adventures (Large Size)
The Lion King DOS A Bonus Level
The Lion King Genesis Kill the monkey!

Promo Images

The Lion King Logo
The Lion King Screenshot
The Lion King Screenshot
The Lion King Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "O Rei Leão" -- Brazilian SNES title
  • "Le Roi Lion" -- French title
  • "El Rey Leon" -- Spanish title
  • "Der König der Löwen" -- German title
  • "ライオンキング" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Great Game But Hard SNES Trey Barrow (3)
A good game if you're looking for a challenge SNES darthsith19 (70)
A disappointing version of a classic game Amiga pottyboy (73)
Beautiful graphics SNES r h (15)

Critic Reviews

Player One Genesis Nov, 1994 95 out of 100 95
Game Players Genesis Nov, 1994 94 out of 100 94
Privat Computer PC DOS 1995 4 out of 5 80 Amiga Jan 19, 2010 16 out of 20 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Nov, 1994 40 out of 50 80
The Video Game Critic SNES Dec 07, 1999 B 75
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jan, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Feb, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Amiga Games Amiga Feb, 1995 70 out of 100 70
Total! (Germany) SNES Dec, 1994 4.25 out of 6 35


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The Windows version of The Lion King was the inspiration for DirectX. It was released with a large line of Compaq computers, but then the system specs were changed at the last minute. The game ceased to work on the computers after the change. To prevent this from happening in the future, Microsoft created DirectX so that applications could run on any computer.

Version differences

Due to size limitation, the Amiga version has only seven levels compared to the ten-levels DOS version. The missing levels are Level 2 (Can't Wait to be King), Level 6 (Hakuna Matata), Level 9 (Simba's Return) and both bonus stages.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1996 – #2 Best Dexterity Game in 1995 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameFan
    • Vol 3, Iss. 1 - Movie to Game Translation of the Year 1994
  • Game Players
    • January 1995 - Best Genesis Game in 1994
    • January 1995 - Best Genesis Action Game in 1994
Information also contributed by Big John WV, B.L. Stryker and Picard

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