Mickey's Ultimate Challenge

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Mickey's Ultimate Challenge
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System
Publisher: Hi-Tech Expressions
Sega Master System
Tec Toy
Developer:
Licensor: The Walt Disney Company
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS
Genre: Puzzle

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-112046
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Game Gear
US
T-112028
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Master System
BR
028700
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Non-Sega versions
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Mickey's Ultimate Challenge is a video game starring Disney's Mickey Mouse, and was published by Hi-Tech Expressions for the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Game Gear in 1994. It was also brought to the Sega Master System, though this version was released exclusively in Brazil and is a port of the Game Gear version by Tec Toy. Other versions of the game were exclusive to North America.

Mickey's Ultimate Challenge is primarily aimed at younger children, being a compilation of five simple Disney-themed minigames. The game was developed by WayForward Technologies under supervision from Designer Software.

Story

Mickey is lying in bed reading a book of fairy tales. He thinks to himself how wonderful it would be to live on a far-away land in a magical castle. Mickey falls asleep and dreams that he learns of trouble in Beanswick. There is a strange rumbling over the castle and no one can explain it. Mickey (or Minnie) volunteers to investigate.

Gameplay

Mickey's Ultimate Challenge is a puzzle game where players must complete challenges to beat the game. Players must go through a series of challenges in various rooms of the castle in order to collect magic beans and items.

The player can play the game as either Mickey or Minnie, who play identically and face the same challenges. The player moves around with the Left or Right and jumps with B or C. There are three difficulty levels: Cake, Medium, and Challenging.

Challenges

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Horace's Library
Books are floating up and down in the library of the Beanswick castle, and Mickey must sort them in alphabetical order by jumping on them. Depending on the difficulty, there are various numbers of books to be sorted and different patterns for the books to float in. Only a portion of the alphabet must be sorted. Once the books have been sorted, players receive a Mickey's Ultimate Challenge, Items, Spell Book.png book of spells from Horace Horsecollar.

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Donald's Wizard Tower
Mickey is shrunk to a tiny size and placed on a chess-like game board. Potion bottles are on this board, as well as block obstacles that must be maneuvered around. The potion bottles must be pushed into a magic mirror on the board in a manner resembling Soukoban. In more difficult games, there are more boards to play in increasing difficulty. Once all potions have been collected, the player returns to normal size and receives a Mickey's Ultimate Challenge, Items, Spectacles.png pair of spectacles from Donald Duck (dressed as a wizard).

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Daisy's Art Gallery
A timed memory challenge. Mickey must dust off portraits hanging on the castle walls in matching pairs. It is essentially the matching card game. He must complete this task before the lights in the castle dim to darkness. Depending on the difficulty, there are more or fewer pictures. For challenges with more pictures, more time is given. He is armed with a feather duster and a sliding ladder. Players must match up all the pictures before time and light runs out to receive a Mickey's Ultimate Challenge, Items, Gold Bar.png gold bar from Daisy Duck as a princess.

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Hewey, Dewey, and Louie's Drawbridge
Another memory game. Several pipes light up and make different noises in a pattern that builds every turn. Mickey must listen, remember, and repeat what he heard. He can do this by jumping on the top of the pipes and playing the notes back in the proper order. The pipes only play one melody, adding one note after every time Mickey successfully completes the previous one. The difficulty of gameplay determines the length of the melody. Players must play all the right pipes to receive a Mickey's Ultimate Challenge, Items, Glass Slipper.png glass slipper from Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

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Goofy's Blacksmith Shop
Goofy wants Mickey to guess what tools are in his toolbox. Mickey has seven attempts to successfully guess the tools and their order inside Goofy's toolbox. After each guess, a clue appears telling players how many and which tools they guessed in the correct order. In easier games, the hints will turn red or green to denote correctness. In more difficult games, a small quartered square of red and green pieces tells Mickey which ones are right. Players must correctly guess what is in Goofy's toolbox to earn a Mickey's Ultimate Challenge, Items, Hammer.png hammer from him.

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Collecting the Magic Beans
The segue of the game. The items Mickey collected were of no importance to their previous owners but would be useful to others in Beanswick. Mickey must go back to all of the others in each challenge and give them the item that suits them: the Mickey's Ultimate Challenge, Items, Spectacles.png pair of spectacles for Horace, the Mickey's Ultimate Challenge, Items, Spell Book.png book of spells for Donald, the Mickey's Ultimate Challenge, Items, Glass Slipper.png glass slipper for Daisy, the Mickey's Ultimate Challenge, Items, Hammer.png hammer for Hewey, Dewey, and Louie, and the Mickey's Ultimate Challenge, Items, Gold Bar.png gold bar for Goofy. Mickey receives a Mickey's Ultimate Challenge, Items, Magic Bean.png magic bean in return for each item. After returning the items to their respective owners, Mickey visits the well. The annoying rumbling occurs again and Mickey throws his beans near the well. Suddenly, a giant beanstalk grows straight up into the clouds. A curious Mickey climbs the beanstalk into the clouds.

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Solving the Mystery
Mickey encounters a giant up in the clouds. The giant is sound asleep and snoring. This massive snoring is the cause of all the trouble in Beanswick. There is a scrambled picture of an alarm clock standing next to the giant. Mickey must unscramble the picture by sliding the pieces. After the picture is reassembled, the alarm clock rings and wakes the giant, and the troubles in Beanswick are solved.

8-bit versions

The 8-bit versions of the game play the same. Players can choose to play as Mickey or Minnie, who move around with the Left or Right and jump with 1 or 2. There are three difficulty levels: Cake, Medium, and Hard.

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Horace's Library

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Donald's Wizard Tower

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Daisy's Art Gallery

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Hewey, Dewey, and Louie's Drawbridge

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Goofy's Blacksmith Shop

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Collecting the Magic Beans

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Solving the Mystery

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Designer Software Producer: Bill Bogenreif
  • Hi Tech Expressions Producer: Seth W. Rosenfeld
  • Disney Producer: Sam Palahnuk
  • License Manager: Sue Fuller
  • Programming by: Jimmy Huey
  • Music and Sound by: Jeff Avella, Voldi Way, Ken Bailey
  • Character Animations: Rob Buchanan
  • Backgrounds: Matt Bozon
  • Special Thanks: Steve Yaeger, Gregg Tavares
  • ...and a special thanks to the guys at Echidna for tUME, the Universal Map Editor.
Source:
In-game credits

Game Gear version

  • Designer Software Producer: Bill Bogenreif
  • Hi Tech Expressions Producer: Seth W. Rosenfeld
  • Disney Producer: Nancy Berman
  • License Manager: Sue Fuller
  • Programming by: Brian Maxson, Dave Yann, Yoldi Way, Ken Bailey, Rick Richard, Rick Moghadam
  • Music and Sound by: Jeff Avella, Dave Yann
  • Character Animations: Rob Buchanan
  • Backgrounds: Matt Bozon
  • Special Thanks: Gregg Tavares, Kelli Norden, Erin Bell, Paul Einbund, Ethan Hurd, Kevin Bailey, Troy Bargatze, Mark Bozon, Matt & Carolyn
  • ...and a special thanks to the guys at Echidna for tUME, the Universal Map Editor.
Source:
In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Mickey's Ultimate Challenge/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

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Mickey's Ultimate Challenge

Mega Drive, US
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Game Gear version

Game Gear, US
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Mickey's Ultimate Challenge GG US Manual.pdf
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Master System version

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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 30b512ee
MD5 34b498ba6ea5caf365cbaf6dd8c7be65
SHA-1 def06da570df4ff73df36591ef05cce6d409b950
1MB 1993-11 Cartridge (US)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 25051dd5
MD5 d2ce453953f406d36850f452768d5580
SHA-1 7253b4df642c56f266e5542a60065ca2c00ad0df
256kB Cartridge (BR)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 eccf7a4f
MD5 66e41e9f596eeec8127d12426f928791
SHA-1 f62c129b5142d3dac66392b521003111b9291b3e
256kB Cartridge (US)

References


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Sega Master System
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Sega Game Gear
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Sega Dreamcast
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Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
Windows PC
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