The Lion King

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Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Walt Disney Feature Animation
The Lion King
The Lion King cover
Developers
Westwood Studios
Publishers
Disney Interactive
Release dates
DOS December 8, 1994
Windows 1996
Windows (DOSBox) August 4, 2016[1]
Taxonomy
Themes Africa
The Lion King on MobyGames
The Lion King on Wikipedia
Subseries of Disney
Disney's Animated Storybook: The Lion King 1994
The Lion King 1994
Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games 1995
Disney's Hot Shots: Timon and Pumbaa's Jungle Pinball 1995
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride - Active Play 1998
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride GameBreak! 1998
Disney's Hot Shots: Swampberry Sling 1998
Disney's Hot Shots: Cub Chase 1998
Disney's Adventures in Typing with Timon and Pumbaa 1998
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King 2019

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
DOS
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King
Windows
Steam
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Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Roar bug[edit]

The game has a "roar" meter which is meant to slowly refill when used. However this does not always work, which makes it impossible to complete level 2.

This appears to be related to the CPU speed, if the CPU is too fast. A workaround is to pause the game (press "P"), and then unpause. On occasion you may need to keep the game paused for 5-10 seconds.

Use DOSBox

Notes

The default cycles=auto will result in emulation that is too fast, and therefore triggering the bug. The solution is to set a fixed cycles value in the DOSBox config file in the [cpu] section, such as cycles=12000

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\LIONKING.CFG
Windows
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/561120/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

This game has no save feature.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Input[edit]

Options menu
Options menu

Audio[edit]

INSTALL.EXE sound options
INSTALL.EXE sound options

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Can toggle background music and sound effects separately on options menu
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
spoken audio is limited to level transitions

Issues unresolved[edit]

Level 2 ostrich glitch[edit]

On level 2, Simba may fall down beside the ostrich instead of riding on its back. If this happens it is impossible to complete the level.[2][3] This issue is not fixed in the re-release on GOG.com and Steam.[4]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
WinG
[5]
DOS video modes VGA Needs 1MB VRAM minimum
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 386DX 33 MHz or higher
System memory (RAM) 4 MB (470k of base memory)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 MB
Video card (GPU) 1 MB of VRAM
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 (original release)
7 (Steam or GOG re-release)
Processor (CPU) 486DX2 66MHz (original release)
1.8 GHz (Steam or GOG re-release)
System memory (RAM) 8 MB (original release)
1 GB (Steam or GOG re-release)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 MB (Steam or GOG re-release)
Video card (GPU) DirectX with 256 colours (original release)
256 MB (Steam or GOG re-release) of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c (Steam or GOG re-release) compatible


Notes

  1. File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/561120/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (561120) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References