Fantasia

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Fantasia
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Licensor: The Walt Disney Company
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥4,8004,800 G-4061
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9549.95[5] 1021
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1021
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ1021
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£29.9929.99[6] 1021
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
BR

Fantasia, called Fantasia: Mickey Mouse Magic (ファンタジア ミッキーマウス・マジック) in Japan, is a 1991 game by Infogrames for the Sega Mega Drive made as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Disney's 1940 film of the same name.

Story

While Mickey Mouse, the Sorcerer's Apprentice, is asleep and deep in a dream, the wind carries the notes of his master's music away. Mickey must search for the notes that have been scattered by the wind across the world of Fantasia.

Gameplay

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The Sorcerer's Workshop

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Orchestra

The game is a side-scrolling platformer played as the Sorcerer's Apprentice, Mickey. He can be moved with Left or Right or duck with Down. He jumps with C and can do a bounce attack by pressing Down while in the air. This allows him to defeat or bounce off enemies. Some enemies take multiple hits to defeat. Mickey also attacks by performing spells, which are projectile attacks that cost magic points. A casts a little spell that costs one magic point, and B casts a big spell that costs three magic points. Collecting Flying Spell Books recovers magic. In underwater sections, Mickey swims by holding C and pressing the D-pad in the desired direction. Mickey can cast spells while jumping or swimming.

Mickey begins in the Sorcerer's Workshop, where he can acquire health, magic, and points (though it is also filled with enemies that can harm him). In the Workshop, Mickey can find a door to the first world. The game's four worlds are based on amalgamations of the segments of Fantasia, each one themed around the elements. The goal of each world is to find the Notes or an equivalent amount of points. Mickey can find a Fantasy Fairy that sends him to another level within each world, which can help him find more Notes or accrue more points. The number of Notes or points required to advance to the next stage varies depending on the difficulty level:

World Easy Normal Hard
Water World 60,000 points (3 Notes) 100,000 points (5 Notes) 160,000 points (8 Notes)
Earth World 100,000 points (5 Notes) 140,000 points (7 Notes) 200,000 points (10 Notes)
Air World 140,000 points (7 Notes) 180,000 points (9 Notes) 240,000 points (12 Notes)
Fire World 180,000 points (9 Notes) 220,000 points (11 Notes) 280,000 points (14 Notes)

After the first world, Mickey returns to the Workshop. He must find a door to the Orchestra, where the Notes he found are added to the piece (a segment of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas). If Mickey did not acquire enough Notes, the next door he finds returns him to the first world; otherwise, it progresses him to the next. In subsequent worlds, he visits the Orchestra upon completing the world rather than returning to the Workshop and either repeats the world or moves on to the next depending on his results.

Hidden platforms or items in the worlds are sometimes revealed by defeating an enemy or collecting an item. Both the Workshop and the worlds contain bonus rooms behind wooden doors with power-up items. Mickey exits these bonus rooms if he touches an enemy or collects all the items.

Mickey loses a hit point each time he takes damage from an enemy or an environmental hazard (including falling in water). Enemies likewise take damage if Mickey runs into them. Mickey can recover hit points by collecting Stars. If Mickey runs out of strength, he loses a life (called a "dream" in this game). If Mickey loses all of his lives, the game ends, but it can be continued as long as there are continues remaining.

Items

Mickey can collect items by touching them, including bouncing off them. He can also attack them with his magic spells, but he does not receive the benefit of the item in this case.

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Note
Mickey must find Notes or an equivalent amount of points in each world to progress to the next one. On Easy, finding a Note is worth 20,000 points; on Normal, it is worth 40,000; and on Hard, it is worth 60,000 points. Collecting a Note also gives Mickey hit points and an extra life and grants him temporary invulnerability.
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Star
Gives Mickey hit points, up to 9 maximum. On Easy, it worth 1,500 points; on Normal, it is worth 3,000; and on Hard, it is worth 4,500 points.
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Flying Spell Book
Gives Mickey magic points. On Easy, it is worth 600 points; on Normal, it is worth 1,200; and on Hard, it is worth 1,800 points.
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Crystal Ball
Awards the player with bonus points. On Easy, it is worth 1,500 points; on Normal, it is worth 3,000; and on Hard, it is worth 4,500 points.
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Dinosaur Egg
Awards the player with bonus points. On Easy, it is worth 200 points; on Normal, it is worth 400; and on Hard, it is worth 600 points. Found only in Earth World.
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Potion
Awards the player with bonus points. On Easy, it is worth 400 points; on Normal, it is worth 800; and on Hard, it is worth 1,200 points. Found only in Fire World.
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Fantasy Fairy
Takes Mickey to another level in the current world or exits the current level or world.

Worlds

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The Water World
The music is "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas and "Dance of the Hours" by Amilcare Ponchielli. The world incorporates elements of the "Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Dance of the Reed Flutes," and "Arabian Dance" segments from the film.

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The Earth World
The music is "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky. The world incorporates elements of the "Rite of Spring" segment from the film.

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The Air World
The music is "The Pastorale, Symphony No. 6" by Ludwig van Beethoven, "Russian Dance" by Peter Tchaikovsky, and "Dance of the Hours" by Amilcare Ponchielli. The world incorporates elements of the "Russian Dance," "Pastoral Symphony," and "Dance of the Hours" segments from the film.

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The Fire World
The music is "A Night on Bald Mountain" by Modest Mussorgsky and "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach. The world incorporates elements of the "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" segments from the film.

History

Development

Fantasia was rushed for release and poorly received at launch. Former Head of Product Development at Sega of America, Ken Balthaser has said on record that he regrets releasing it in its current "unplayable" state[7].


The graphics were wonderful, and they really caught the mood. They did some really cool things with parallax scrolling in there, but again...hindsight's 20/20. I wish now that I would've just said no and sent it back for another two months or so, to tweak the gameplay. I think it could have been a really fantastic game if we had done that.

Ken Balthaser[7]


Release

Reportedly Roy Disney was unaware that Disney's licensing department had given Sega the rights to produce a Fantasia game[7]. Roy had promised his late uncle, Walt Disney, not to give out licenses for Fantasia, and having learnt of the news, requested that Sega of America pull all copies of the game from sale and destroy them. Sega were assured that this was the fault of Disney, and as well as being compensated for lost profits, were granted further licenses for Disney properties. In the end, all but 5000 copies of Fantasia were recalled by Sega of America and destroyed.

The game was on sale for roughly 100 days before being pulled[8].

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Fantasia Fantasia
English (US) Fantasia Fantasia
Japanese ファンタジア ミッキーマウス・マジック Fantasia: Mickey Mouse Magic

Production credits

  • SEGA Producer: Scott Berfield
  • Walt Disney Producer: Stephan L. Butler
  • Programming: Richard Bottet, Thibault LePoutre
  • Design and Coding: Didier Chanfray, Jean-Jacques Poncet, Philippe Agripnidis
  • Art Direction: Didier Chanfray
  • Artists: Jerome Guerry, Jean-Marc Torella
  • Music and Sound: Frederic Metzen
  • Project Management: Philippe Agripnidis
  • Game Concept: Bruno Bonnell
  • SEGA Test: Scott Rohde, Adam Sevillia, Jerry Markota, Bryan Beckstrand
  • Product Management: Madeline Canepa, Rebecca Grey
  • Manual: Carol Ann Hanshaw, Eric Smith
Source:
US manual
Fantasia MD US Manual.pdf
[9]

Magazine articles

Main article: Fantasia/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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US print advert
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Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #118: "September 1991" (1991-08-15)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[10]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
50
[11]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
63
[12]
Consoles + (FR)
71
[13]
Console XS (UK) PAL
81
[14]
Cool Gamer (RU)
40
[15]
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
53
[16]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
58
[17]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
50
[18]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 5 (RU)
50
[19]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
61
[20]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
58
[21]
Game Power (IT)
85
[22]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
92
[23]
Games-X (UK)
60
[24]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
60
[25]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
94
[26]
Joypad (FR) PAL
76
[27]
Joystick (FR) PAL
85
[28]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
46
[29]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
69
[30]
Mega (UK) NTSC-U
11
[31]
Mega Action (UK)
80
[32]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
90
[33]
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
45
[34]
MegaTech (UK)
49
[35]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
82
[36]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
61
[37]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
49
[38]
Player One (FR)
79
[39]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-U
50
[40]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
69
[6]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
81
[41]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
42
[42]
Tilt (FR)
75
[43]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
65
[44]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
90
[5]
Video Games (DE)
62
[45]
Sega Mega Drive
64
Based on
38 reviews

Fantasia

Mega Drive, JP
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, FR

Fantasia MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, FR (NTSC)

Mega Drive, PT
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Cover
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU (Red Hot)
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, CA
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 fc43df2d
MD5 b0ecd4849a231fe70fe87532ff19913f
SHA-1 e3ba172d93505f8e0c1763b600f68af11b68f261
512kB 1991-06 Cartridge (US/JP) v01
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 34e04627
MD5 69f12c5d7b00175c258d56a09144a162
SHA-1 e1d84357eb8dfb972f22e80b8d26a0b66167f69e
512kB 1991-04 Cartridge (US) v00
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 d351b242
MD5 69c60599bcff0eb53a49dbaf09dbfc02
SHA-1 ce0f0813878700e78b3819ff0db49bd297add09e
512kB 1991-04 Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. File:Fantasia MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "July 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 106
  4. GamePro, "June 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 38
  5. 5.0 5.1 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "September 1991" (US; 1991-0x-xx), page 38
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sega Power, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-04), page 24
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Interview: Ken Balthaser (2006-11-24) by Sega-16
  8. MegaTech, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-20), page 6
  9. File:Fantasia MD US Manual.pdf, page 11
  10. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 76
  11. Aktueller Software Markt, "November 1991" (DE; 1991-10-11), page 146
  12. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1991" (JP; 1991-11-08), page 39
  13. Consoles +, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-04), page 94
  14. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 129
  15. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 82
  16. Computer & Video Games, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-15), page 28
  17. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "August 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 22
  18. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 313
  19. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 5, "" (RU; 200x-xx-xx), page 154
  20. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 44
  21. Famitsu, "1991-12-13" (JP; 1991-11-29), page 37
  22. Game Power, "Gennaio 1992" (IT; 199x-xx-xx), page 46
  23. GamePro, "August 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 60
  24. Games-X, "22nd-28th August 1991" (UK; 1991-08-22), page 38
  25. Hippon Super, "December 1991" (JP; 1991-11-05), page 88
  26. Hobby Consolas, "Diciembre 1991" (ES; 1991-1x-xx), page 30
  27. Joypad, "Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-17), page 31
  28. Joystick, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 182
  29. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 91
  30. Mega Drive Fan, "February 1992" (JP; 1992-01-08), page 89
  31. Mega, "May 1994" (UK; 1994-04-21), page 65
  32. Mega Action, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 65
  33. Mega Force, "Septembre/Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-13), page 82
  34. Mega Play, "July/August 1991" (US; 1991-0x-xx), page 65
  35. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 77
  36. Micromanía (segunda época), "Diciembre 1991" (ES; 1991-1x-xx), page 78
  37. Mean Machines, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-29), page 52
  38. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 138
  39. Player One, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 38
  40. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
  41. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 65
  42. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  43. Tilt, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-1x-xx), page 40
  44. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 70
  45. Video Games, "3/91" (DE; 1991-09-06), page 92


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