Goof Troop! We’ll always stick together!
That theme song always manages to bring about some serious Nostalgia. Goof Troop was the Disney TV show about Goofy and his life as a dad, following his adventures with his son Max and a whole other cast of characters made for the show, live the family they gave to big bad Pete. Not many original characters from the ‘Disney’verse tend to show their faces in the series, as the show did its best to establish its own universe.
It so very well as the TV show and movies had their own identity, and towards the latter half of the lifecycle became based around Max. A likeable character in his own right, so it’s fine. The movies were pretty fun, especially the music. Powerline is pretty much an underrated jam or the one movie where Goofy got his disco moves on with one of Max’s teachers. The series was overall enjoyable and left a good mark back in the 90s.
Barring the merchandise, TV show, and movies, like any good property, a video game was created for fans. Goof Troop for the SNES is a game made by Capcom as part of their partnership with Disney to make games for home consoles. It’s actually the first game designed by Shinji Mikami, the mastermind behind the Resident Evil series. The game even includes some ‘survival’ elements that Mikami kept in his future games.
Goof Troop is a bit of a black sheep when compared to titans of the Disney Retro game era, like Aladdin or Duck Tales. So we’re taking a look at the game to might get you thinking about why you didn’t buy it! As it’s a great game that deserves some serious love!
The story is pretty bare-bones, but it’s to be expected of a game based on the TV show Goof Trop for the SNES. Goofy, Max, Pete, and PJ are heading out on a fishing trip to have some family bonding time. PJ and Pete, however, have a stroke of bad luck, as, for some random reason, they get up and kidnapped by a band of pirates! Leaving their only hope of survival in the hands of the Goof family, instead of perhaps the police? Ah well, video games.
Once you get in the game, you get to choose between either playing by yourself or with a friend. You can play as either Goofy or Max and each has their own strengths and weaknesses. Goofy for example is slower than Max, but also stronger than his son, being able to defeat enemies with a single hit, whereas Max takes a few tries. You’ll be playing through 5 levels as either of the two, so make your choice carefully, as you can’t change midway through the game.
Goof Troop is not a platformer like the standard Disney fare has been so far, no no instead you get to play a sort of Zelda like puzzle game, mechanics wise anyway. It does not have as nearly as many puzzles as LoZ does, and is still an action-adventure title. A top down perspective sees you wander around the levels and defeating enemies that scale in difficulty as you progress further into the game.
The graphics of the game do a good job at keeping true to the show, and while not breaking any new records for sprite art, are pleasant to look at. The level design follows a similar path but does not pop as much as the character sprites do, this could be due to the game layout and having little work with due to the square like focus they had to work with. Music is… alright! Like, not really bad, but can get repetitive after a while.
Gameplay involves you hurling items at enemies, sometimes by picking them up and throwing them, kicking them in their direction, or even by using your hookshot to pull an item in their direction. It’s an interesting mechanic and does have you thinking about your next move and what direction you’ll attack from. Boss battles though take a hit due to this gameplay mechanic, as there is no real sense of difficulty to be found in the boss battles, most are pretty easy.
The game does try and break this up a bit by including puzzles to solve in each level until you can progress, or hiding special items in special locations that require you to use specific items, like digging gems out of the ground with a shovel. It’s not a bad gameplay element, as it’s not used in an overabundance. If they’d included too many required puzzles and the like, then Goof Troop would risk being a bit annoying. Thankfully not the case!
The difficulty is really where you’ll find yourself at a divide with Goof Troop. We’ve gotta make this clear, it’s not very fun by yourself. This is a game made with co-op in mind, and when you DO play with a friend, it’s an honest to god blast. Teaming up with a buddy to figure out specific puzzles or how to take down an enemy make the experience overall a lot more enjoyable, whereas playing by yourself feels pretty boring as you’ll be tasked with timing attacks all by yourself and being frustrated with the easy puzzles.
Goof Troop is an enjoyable co-op game. A really enjoyable one, the simplistic mechanics work wonders when paired with a friend and make a for a fantastic couch co-op experience. Playing it by yourself will have a not as enjoyable time, it’s easier to see the flaws of the mechanics when you are tasked with doing them by yourself. It’s not just a manner of ‘oh every co-op game would be boring alone’ but rather, the flaws become abundant when played alone.
Overall Goof Troop is a solid entry in the Disney Retro Game line up, more than likely glossed over due to the co-op nature, but if you’ve got someone willing to join you for a session of Goof Troop, then go for it. It’ll be a fun time that’ll leave you both smiling!
Did you enjoy playing Goof Troop? Or are you not a fan? Let us know in the comments below!