Best Disney Games On Xbox Series X|S

Highlights

  • Xbox offers a variety of Disney-related games and a wide selection of backward compatible titles, making it a great platform for fans.
  • For instance, Disneyland Adventures provides a virtual amusement park experience, allowing players to explore a picture-perfect recreation of Disneyland.
  • Several older titles offer nostalgic gameplay and bonus features, providing great value for fans of classic Disney games.

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Disney, being one of the biggest global brands ever, has games on every platform. No matter what you game on, there are tons of Disney games available, and this includes Xbox consoles. What makes Xbox special here is that there are a few Disney games exclusive to it, plus with backward compatibility, there’s more to choose from in general.

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Plus, since Disney owns Lucasfilm and, therefore, Lucasfilm Games, they distribute and publish many of their back catalog of titles. There’s plenty of amazing Star Wars games from back in the day, and nearly all of them are backward compatible.

10 Disneyland Adventures

Disneyland Adventures Screenshot Of Child Talking To Donald Duck

There are actually a few games based on Disney parks, such as Capcom’s Adventures in the Magic Kingdom, released for the NES back in 1990. It seems these games come every 20 years or so, as Disneyland Adventures released on the Xbox 360 in 2011 and was later remastered on Xbox One. This is an incredibly unique game, essentially a virtual amusement park experience.

A picture-perfect recreation of 2010 Disneyland, the entire park is explorable. It’s really fun if you’ve actually been to the park, as you can go through all your memories while passing by the individual areas. It does lose its luster after a while, but it’s definitely worth a play on Xbox Game Pass, and it’s permanently on there because Xbox Game Studios published it.

9 The Disney Afternoon Collection

Playing DuckTales 2 in the Disney Afternoon Collection

Capcom has a long history of making quality Disney games, and many from back in the NES days were rereleased in The Disney Afternoon Collection. Developed by Digital Eclipse, you get DuckTales 1 and 2, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 1 and 2, Darkwing Duck, and TaleSpin.

Four of the games are really good and still hold up, with only Chip ‘n Dale 2 and TaleSpin being pretty lackluster. DuckTales 2, in particular, is a real hidden gem that doesn’t get talked about much. There’s also a lot of cool bonus material, and they even added a Time Attack and Boss Rush mode. With loose copies of certain games here costing over a few hundred dollars, $20 is a pretty good value for all six.

8 DuckTales Remastered

The moon level in DuckTales Remastered

Don’t let the name fool you; DuckTales Remastered is a full-blown remake of the original NES game. In 2013, the difference between a remaster and a remake wasn’t entirely clear yet. DuckTales Remastered is a bit too story-heavy, but you can skip all the cinematics to make that issue go away. The actual game itself is a mastercrafted remake with great visuals, amazing level design, and faithfulness to the original.

The new soundtrack is pretty good, as well. On Xbox, there’s a weird quirk to this title. The digital and physical versions are considered two separate games on Series X|S. A physical copy has a full 1000 gamerscore achievement list compared to the digital’s 400, so pick it up physically if you’re an achievement hunter.

7 Disney Classic Games: Aladdin And The Lion King

Aladdin in the streets in the Aladdin game

Digital Eclipse strikes again with a rerelease of two classic Disney Genesis games, Aladdin and The Lion King. The Lion King is a pretty decent Genesis title, but the showstopper and the reason why most people buy this collection is Aladdin. It’s one of the greatest games on the Genesis. Famously, it was awarded the Best Genesis Game of the Year by Electronic Gaming Monthly, which was a massive deal back then.

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The only downside for many is the brutal difficulty, but with the collection’s save state and rewind feature, that shouldn’t be much of a problem. There’s also DLC containing the many versions of The Jungle Book and also the SNES version of Aladdin, which is great in its own right.

6 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix

Kairi Holding Destiny's Embrace Keyblade Kingdom Hearts 2

This game is a Square Enix venture, but the whole pitch behind the series is what happens when you combine Final Fantasy’s RPG elements with classic Disney characters. You get Kingdom Hearts. The series is daunting to get into due to the many games and its ridiculously complicated story, but the two first titles are must-play RPGs.

Kingdom Hearts 1 was quite fresh at the time because it had a real-time battle system, while the newest Final Fantasy was still turn-based. This gives the series its own unique feel, and the early games still hold up really well. HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix is a great starting point with six of the early titles in the series.

5 Monkey Island 2: Special Edition

Guybrush and Wally in Monkey Island 2

Monkey Island is the greatest homegrown IP that Lucasfilm Games ever created. While the newest entry, Return to Monkey Island, is phenomenal, it is on many modern platforms. The first two games, though, are only on modern Xbox systems, and Monkey Island 2 just takes the edge.

Both games offer fantastic writing and puzzles, but Monkey Island 2 offers a much bigger adventure. There are so many places to go to this time around, and the ending puzzled people for years. For $10 or $20, if you buy the original too, it is a must-get as these are some of the best adventure games ever.

4 Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

An epic battle in the Cantina from LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

It’s weird how the first big Lego game in the modern style is still the best, but it’s true, as Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is the greatest Traveller’s Tales Lego game. Even the newest entry, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, putting together all nine films, can’t compare to this title.

It’s just good old fun with humorous cutscenes, cool hidden areas, and easy but enjoyable gameplay. Co-op is a blast as well, and there’s even competitive multiplayer for some reason. It’s a great time beating the game, but don’t 100 percent it, as that can be a drag.

3 Star Wars: Republic Commando

The opening level in Star Wars Republic Commando

Many Star Wars fans dislike the prequels but did enjoy a lot of the other content around that time that built on the Clone Wars era. This is stuff like the Clone Wars animated show or video games like Republic Commando. Stepping in the shoes of a clone trooper, Republic Commando had a phenomenal story, giving a unique perspective not seen in the movies.

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People still want a sequel to this game, mainly because it has a very open ending. The actual FPS gameplay still holds up decently, though it has its aged elements. Still, the story is what really shines here, and it’s a shame the sequel was cancelled back in the day.

2 Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic

A blue alien, a Wookie and a female figure stands in a sci-fi city in Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic

When thinking of the classic iconic games for the original Xbox, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, also commonly known as KOTOR, has to come to mind. It was the best Star Wars game up to that point and made BioWare a household name in the RPG space due to it being on consoles.

The writing and role-playing elements are just as good as it was back then. It’s actually a great thing the writing’s so good because the visuals don’t hold up nearly as well. The poor visuals and the 4:3 aspect ratio will turn off many modern players, but the writing will keep you playing. It’s that good.

1 Zombies Ate My Neighbors And Ghoul Patrol

One of the castle levels in Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol is a compilation of two 16-bit Lucasfilm Games titles. Ghoul Patrol is the one you won’t play as much, mainly because it’s terrible and largely wasn’t even developed by Lucasfilm Games. Zombies Ate My Neighbors, on the other hand, is one of the best 16-bit horror games. The roster of enemies here is Cabin in the Woods level.

You have zombies, chainsaw-wielding psychopaths, evil dolls, mummies, giant ants, tremor-like worms, and many more. The gameplay is amazing, too, with you needing to carefully manage your resources for later on while surviving in the present. This port, thankfully, has a save feature, and for $15, it’s not a bad deal as you will put a lot of time into Zombies Ate My Neighbors alone.

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