Best Disney Games On PlayStation

Highlights

  • Popular Disney games that appeal to players of all ages have successully launched on PlayStation consoles for years.
  • Iconic Disney PlayStation games include Kingdom Hearts and Disney Infinity.
  • Other notable Disney PlayStation games include remastered versions of The Lion King and Aladdin, Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure, and Disney Dreamlight Valley.

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To PlayStation and beyond! For kids growing up in the nineties and early 2000s, Disney and Pixar movies were a regular component of childhood. Combined with the mind-blowing gaming platform that was the PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2, popular movies from the House of Mouse seemed like a natural fit for Sony’s burgeoning fan base.

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Of course, the Disney and Sony partnership didn’t end at the turn of the twenty-first century. From first-person action adventures to immersive simulated worlds, Disney PlayStation releases have continued to deliver for players of all ages. Here’s a list of some of the best and most iconic Disney PlayStation games.

10 Kingdom Hearts

Sora and Friends in Kingdom Hearts

Few original game scores are as recognizable as the opening piano notes of “Dearly Beloved.” Released in 2002, the first Kingdom Hearts game was a somewhat bizarre mashup of Final Fantasy anime and Disney films old and new. The story essentially went that the characters from Disney movies all lived on different worlds (represented by floating sky islands within a mysterious ether of asteroids and collectible tokens) that needed to be freed from dark forces intent on stealing the hearts of some very familiar looking princesses.

Several sequels, prequels, and semi-sequels later, Kingdom Hearts is still going strong as new Disney characters and worlds are added to the mix with each new game release. The plot line might not make sense, but who cares when you can fight alongside Hercules?

9 Disney Infinity

Mr. Incredible, Sully, and Captain Jack Sparrow (and friends) from Disney Infinity's Starter Set

A relatively short-lived game (but a great one), Disney Infinity was a mixture of action-adventure play, Sims-like world building, and character/item collection. First released in 2013, Disney Infinity introduced players to a series of quests that were themed to one of the primary franchises (some examples included The Incredibles, Star Wars, and The Avengers). Outside the primary story missions, players could design completely custom maps filled with moving vehicles, buildings, and amiibos of Disney characters.

Brilliantly, Disney Infinity coalesced its new-at-the-time Disney trifecta of Disney/Pixar films, Marvel movies, and Star Wars trilogies into the gameplay. Alas, Disney Infinity and its production studio were discontinued in 2016. This cancelation was, indeed, a major bummer — particularly since the collectible Infinity Figures were (1) not cheap to buy and (2) essentially rendered useless once the studio shut down. For better or worse, Disney sure knows how to keep its fans spending money.

8 Star Wars: Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition AT-AT amidst a battle with the Rebel Alliance

Okay yes, this entry might be a bit of a stretch to include in a post about Disney PlayStation games since Star Wars wasn’t acquired by Mickey and Friends until 2012. But, if you’re talking about the rebooted version of Star Wars: Battlefront released for PlayStation 4 in 2015, then this game definitely deserves its spot on the “best of” list.

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Designed as a single and multiplayer shooter, Battlefront let players fight for the Rebel Alliance, the Empire, the Separatists, or the Clone Army of the Republic on a variety of lushly rendered, highly diversified maps. With enough kills during a battle, you could upgrade your nameless soldier to a recognizable Star Wars character. Nothing quite beat the thrill of destroying Stormtroopers with Luke Skywalker’s green lightsaber (or Darth Vader’s red, if you’re more inclined to the Dark Side).

7 The Lion King And Aladdin Remastered

Simba on a tree branch in The Lion King game; Aladdin flying on the Magic Carpet in the Aladdin game

Yes, technically both of these games were released on the Sega Genesis and SNES in the mid-1990s, but they were also bundled as a (surprisingly affordable) remastered package on PlayStation in 2019. Based on the hit animated movies, The Lion King and Aladdin duology were single-player, Super Mario-esque games that took Simba and Aladdin respectively through levels correlating with scenes from the films.

A memorable challenge in The Lion King game was the “Hakuna Matata” level, in which players had to jump Simba up a downward-moving waterfall. Warning: the familiar instrumental refrains of “it means no worries” playing in the background can feel particularly mocking if you’re already frustrated at this point in the game.

6 Epic Mickey 2

Mickey and Oswald from the Epic Mickey 2 game cover

Arguably one of the more creative Disney PlayStation games, Epic Mickey 2 centered on Mickey Mouse working his way through the Wasteland, a place that’s essentially a dark, corrupted version of Disneyland. Although the first Epic Mickey was released exclusively on Nintendo Wii, its sequel came out on PlayStation 3 in 2012.

With the help of his magical paintbrush, Mickey is tasked with restoring familiar rides and locations to their former glory. Solving puzzles with either restorative paint or erasable thinner allowed players to (quite literally) bring to life some of the Disney franchise’s most beloved animated scenes and characters.

5 Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear To The Rescue

Buzz and RC lining up to race in Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue

After the rousing success of the first two Toy Story movies, children of the nineties were gifted the experience of this action-adventure game. Starring everybody’s favorite space ranger as the only playable character, Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue takes players through many highly detailed environments that originally appeared in the Toy Story 2 movie.

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What set this entry apart from other more run-of-the-mill video game adaptations of Disney movies is the creative side quests in each level (where are Bo Peep’s sheep!?!) and the toy-sized player perspective of a very large and surprisingly scary suburban landscape.

4 A Bug’s Life

Flik riding on a dandelion; the cover of A Bug's Life PlayStation game

Like Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue, A Bug’s Life faithfully adapted the titular film into a first-person level-based video game. With very similar playability to its aforementioned peer, A Bug’s Life lets you re-live the story as Flik throughout some of the movie’s most memorable scenes.

From recruiting circus clowns to avoiding gigantic birds, Flik proves that, sometimes, stepping out of (the ant) line results in bigger and better things in the long run. A particular highlight was the level in which Flik leaves Ant Island by riding on a dandelion. Who knew stray breezes could pack such a punch?

3 Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure

Young Tarzan, Buzz Lightyear, and Sima on skateboards in Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure

In the midst of the Tony Hawk: Pro Skater era, Disney released a more kid-friendly version of the skateboarding game. Like the Tony Hawk series, players could select and unlock a variety of Disney characters and custom wearables to tackle the various skating challenges located in different ‘lands.’

Between Tarzan, Toy Story, and The Lion King (all big winners of Disney’s move lineup in the 1990s and early 2000s), Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure offered a variety of creative levels that appealed to an audience a little less into the mature tone and difficulty of the Tony Hawk franchise.

2 Disney Dreamlight Valley

Disney Dreamlight Valley - The Protagonist, The Fairy Godmother From Cinderella, Merlin, And Mickey Mouse Standing In A Forest In Front Of The Village

The newest addition to PlayStation’s Disney repertoire offers a laidback, task fulfillment game based around a series of characters living in Disney Dreamlight Valley.

As new players discover early on, Dreamlight Valley was once a haven for lots of familiar faces — think Ariel, Elsa, and Donald Duck, among others — who forgot their memories during an aptly named catastrophe called “The Forgetting.” As the leader of this once thriving kingdom, your highly customizable avatar works to rebuild homes, grow crops, cook meals, and mine gems that slowly bring life back to the Valley. Uncle Scrooge’s shop is especially fun since its inventory updates every 24 hours.

1 Disney’s High School Musical: Sing It!

The game cover for Disney's High School Musical: Sing It!

Remember karaoke when you had to actually put a CD into one of those freestanding, gigantic speakers with fuzzy blue screens that displayed song lyrics? That’s essentially the jam that Disney’s High School Musical: Sing It! leaned into with this thematic singing competition game based on the hit Disney Channel movie.

Players could sing their hearts out as soloists or ensemble members on tunes like “We’re All In This Together” and “Get’cha Head in the Game.” If you did play this game, there’s a decent chance you knew the accompanying dance moves just as well as the songs themselves. Pure adolescent fun.

PlayStation certainly has a wide back-log of industry-changing games and characters in its own right. But, just as with its theme parks and films, Disney brings a little bit of unique, nostalgic magic to the titanic gaming platform.

That magic is precisely what makes it so painful to remember the 35 Disney Infinity figures sitting forgotten in the closet. Sometimes, dreams of returning products from a now-obsolete game really don’t come true.

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