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In the late 80s and the early 90s the McDonald’s restaurant chain moved into the world of making video games with M.C.Kids and Mick & Mack: Global Gladiators. After success with these two games and only brief appearances from everyone’s favorite clown in both, Ronald scored his own video game in July of 1994! This was McDonald’s Treasure Land Adventure!
The story goes: One day Ronald is walking through the Magical Forest and finds a treasure map. After looking at it for a little while, he realizes that it’s missing three pieces and sets out with his friends to locate the lost pieces. Ronald’s adventure takes him from the Magical Forest to a cave with an evil pumpkin king, to an out of control train over ran with bad guys, into a city with an evil goblin, to a sunken treasure ship and then all the way to the moon! Ronald is equipped with magical dust that makes villains disappear into a cloud of smoke and a scarf that he can use to latch onto hooks and reach new platforms to help him along his way!
I know it seems ridiculous that 20 years after the fact, that someone would review a video game based off of Ronald McDonald but I vividly recall the first time that I rented this game and how I immediately asked my mother for my own copy afterwards. Since then, I have probably played through this game at least thirty times.
The level design is fantastic and the controls are really smooth for kids of all ages. Let it be said however, that just because the controls are easy, this game can get pretty hard at times. It was developed by Treasure (Gunstar Heroes, Dynamite Headdy, Wario World) which has consistently been known to put out great, if not way too few, video games! Ronald’s ability to use his scarf to latch onto objects gives you multiple pathways through levels, so much so that even after playing through this game as many times as I have, I’m still finding new areas in levels. The four boss fights are fun and unique. There are a lot of neat things in this game that I haven’t really seen in a kids game before or after. My favorite part of the game finds Ronald on top of a train in a narrow cave, having to take out bad guys and jump from car to car, all while ducking to avoid low hanging ceilings.. Also, the fact that as you change the difficulty level of the game, it actually adds new levels to the game in addition to making the enemies tougher. It’s all of these awesome little details that make me love this game as much as I do!
As games go, it will forever be one of my favorites.