The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Topsy Turvy Games is a game released in 1996 by Disney Interactive for the Nintendo Game Boy and Microsoft Windows. It was the second title in the company's GameBreak! series.
The game was tied in with the original theatrical film's release, and features a collection of mini games based on the Festival of Fools that includes a variation from the classic game, Balloon Fight.
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 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.”
Games included and goals
- Chiseler: A Breakout-style game in which you take control of either Hugo or Victor and be the first to break every stone block before your opponent.
- Upsy Daisy: Pop the balloons of your opponent, or be the one with the most when time runs out. Beware of thieves which can steal your balloons, or balloon head people who'll pop them.
- Le Food Feud!: A shooting gallery-like food fight game in which you must hit a set number of targets in each level before time runs out.
- Djali Bowling: Take control of Djali, and knock down as many fools as possible. If the player manages to get a turkey, Esmeralda comes out to congratulate him/her. After ten frames, the mime will appear as a bonus shot.
- Inside Outwords: A quiz game featuring phrases which have been turned opposite, and ten points are awarded for each correct guess. The player can choose to do 10 or 20 puzzles at the start.
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.
Electric Playground gave an 8 out of 10, and Entertainment Weekly gave a B-.
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