The Hunchback of Notre Dame (video game)

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Topsy Turvy Games
Developer(s)Disney Interactive Studios (Microsoft Windows), Tiertex Design Studios (Nintendo Game Boy)
Publisher(s)THQ
Platform(s)Game Boy, Microsoft Windows
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows
1996
Game Boy
  • NA: March 1997
  • EU: 1997
Genre(s)Action, party
Mode(s)Single-player

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (the Microsoft Windows version is known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Topsy Turvy Games) is a game that was released in 1996 by Disney Interactive for Microsoft Windows and Game Boy. It was the second title in the company's GameBreak! series after GameBreak! Timon and Pumbaa's Jungle Games. Tiertex adapted the game for SNES, Game Boy, and Super Game Boy, which were published by THQ.

Gameplay[change | change source]

Mobygames describes the gameplay thus:

It starts with a colourful, really animated, and festive introduction. The environment is the Notre Dame Cathedral front yard, where the festival and games take place. Sounds and music from the movie are always there. The games are presented by those three funny Disney's gargoyles, which may also give some support. Games can be played by one or two players bringing more fun when with family and friends. Escalating levels challenge players of all ages! But there is also an option for difficulty. Riddles, cream battles, bowling, are some of the topics of the games included.

Critical reception[change | change source]

Coming Soon Magazine gave the game 87 out of 100, concluding "Although Hunchback of Notre Dame was first designed for children, the game might appeal as well for adults with its remarkable design. Not only do the graphics look sterling, but also the soundtrack plays admirably with the original music from the film. At no time you will get bored in the game. The hilarious commentaries from the gargoyles will keep you awake, and even the loading sequences feature small animations. Rarely has a game for children been so well made, and no doubt it will be another smash hit for Disney Interactive." Entertainment Weekly described it as having less "charm and originality" than Savoy Pictures' The Adventures of Pinocchio, ultimately giving it a B-

Electric Playground gave the game a score of 8 out of 10.

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