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The Lion King

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The Lion King
The Lion King cover
Westwood Studios
Disney Interactive
DOS/Windows East Point Software
Release dates
DOS December 8, 1994
Windows 1996
Windows (DOSBox) August 4, 2016[1]
Themes Africa
Series Disney's The Lion King, Disney Classics
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 Solitaire 2014
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King 2019

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Windows (unavailable)
Pre-packaged with DOSBox
Steam (unavailable)
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Pre-packaged with DOSBox

Essential improvements

Roar bug

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


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

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

This game has no save feature.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud



Options menu
Options menu


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
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Spoken audio is limited to level transitions

Issues unresolved

Level 2 ostrich glitch

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 and Steam.[4]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA Needs 1MB VRAM minimum
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

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
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


  1. Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: