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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 SNES Riding an ostrich
The Lion King DOS Title
The Lion King SNES First level
The Lion King Windows Enjoy (Large Size)

Promo Images

The Lion King Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)
The Lion King Magazine Advertisement pp. 40-41
The Lion King Other Character image
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

Game Players Genesis Nov, 1994 94 out of 100 94
Joystick (French) DOS Jan, 1995 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Jan, 1995 10 out of 12 83
The DOS Spirit DOS Feb 18, 2006 5 out of 6 83
Mega Fun SNES Dec, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Sega Force Genesis Oct 19, 1994 80 out of 100 80
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Apr 27, 2008 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic SNES Dec 07, 1999 B 75
Power Play DOS Jan, 1995 73 out of 100 73
Amiga Games Amiga Feb, 1995 70 out of 100 70


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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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