Advertisement for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Quest by SunSoft for the Sega Genesis from the January 1994 issue of GameFan
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Quest was released in 1993 by Sunsoft for the Sega Genesis. This was one of a relative few games of the time that was targeted toward the young girl demographic. Unfortunately, as is common with many licensed games, this one is not so great.
Disney licesnes are often the exception to the rule when it comes to judging such games. However, Belle’s Quest is more in line with expectations. Still, even though it isn’t a great game, it is probably better than about 90% of other games based on licensed properties and reviewers had mixed opinions.
Belle’s Quest is a fairly typical side-scrolling platform game. The graphics are quite good and some of the in between level mini-games are mildly entertaining but beyond that, there isn’t much to say. The music is not great and the objectives tend to be not very interesting. I would think young kids would get frustrated pretty quickly by having to constantly dodge passing animals or die. There are some great Disney games from the 16-bit era (like Mickey’s Castle of Illusion) but this isn’t one of them.
Unless you are trying to complete your Genesis collection or are a hard core Disney collector, I would steer clear of this one. If you do want to play it, you will have to track down an original or give it a try via emulation (the better choice in this case). You can get it pretty cheap on eBay though.
The ad above is from the January 1994 issue of GameFan.