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October 23, 2012

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Goofy's Hysterical History Tour

Developed by: Absolute Entertainment

System: Sega Genesis

In the nearly two years that Gamer Tuesday has existed, it has covered everything from Mickey Mouse titles to games starring the Disney Princesses. Some games are based on the Disney movies while others are based on the Disney theme parks. Yeah, it has been a rather eclectic selection of games. Yet, there has been one kind of game that hasn't been covered, until today that is: Goofy based games. Goofy first appeared on film as the silly audience member with the unforgettable laugh in 1932's Mickey's Revue. Soon, Goofy would evolve from a random audience character to being a very popular member of Mickey Mouse's troupe. In his career, Goofy has been everything: from a rising movie star to the every day man, to a single father of the 90s to being a silly waiter at the House of Mouse. Goofy has done it all... except star in his own video game. That has been resolved, though, thanks to Goofy's Hysterical History Tour, developed by Absolute Entertainment for the Sega Genesis.

Don't feel too bad, though, if you don't remember this game. The game's developer, Absolute Entertainment, wasn't as renowned as other Disney developers like Capcom and Sega, but have had an extensive role in gaming history. The company has developed games for some of the major systems, such as the Sega CD, Game Boy, the NES, and PC. Goofy Hysterical History Tour was released in 1993. Just two years after its release, Absolute Entertainment closed its doors for good.

In Goofy's Hysterical History Tour, Goofy is a janitor in a very famous museum owned by none other than Professor Ludgwig Von Drake. At closing time, he is told by the professor that the museum must be spotless and that he must not make anymore mistakes. If he doesn't screw up, he will receive a promotion. Pete, the museum's other janitor, overhears this conversation, and plans to ruin Goofy's chances by messing up various exhibits. Now, Goofy must travel through time in order to recover the missing pieces of the museum if he ever hopes to go far in his job.

As it stands, the game is yet another platformer starring a famous Disney character. Despite that, Absolute Entertainment tried to change the formula by implementing Goofy's own invention: the Extend-O-Hand. While it was created to aid him in his job at the museum, it soon becomes an essential tool in Goofy's quest. Using the hand allows him to access hard to reach places and swing across gaps and chasms. And use it he will as he will travel through various time periods, from the prehistoric age to medieval times.

In terms of technical prowess, Goofy's Hysterical History Tour fits well with the Disney theme. The characters are very large and expressive, the worlds detailed and the music and sound are appropriate. Goofy even has his trademark yell and laugh intact. And... that's it, really. Goofy's Hysterical History Tour was released at the height of high profile Disney games like Mickey Mania. Many games shined thanks through their presentation and exceptional polish. Goofy's Hysterical History Tour just does things well enough. It is polished enough that fans will enjoy playing through it, but it isn't memorable enough to go back to it again and again.

Still, as one of the few Goofy based games out there, Goofy's Hysterical History Tour is still worth highlighting and checking out. If you missed out on the game when it was originally released, it is worth checking out now. It may not be groundbreaking in its design, but it is certainly as lively as the Goofster himself!


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