For those who may not remember, or perhaps weren’t even around, there was once a time when the Disney Channel ruled the airways—and the landscape of pop culture for kids and teens. As a result, Disney has licensed almost all of its shows to be turned into video games, with varying degrees of success.
They can’t all be winners, but luckily there were quite a few bangers released in the mid-2000s that not only capitalized on the popular series of the time, but also had some really good gameplay to go along with it, including platformers, singing games, and action-adventure titles .
7 Disney’s That’s So Raven
Of all the Disney Channel live-action shows of the 2000s, That’s So Raven seems the least likely to get a video game adaptation. But that’s exactly what happened, and the timing turned out to be good, all things considered.
Launched for the Game Boy Advance in 2004, the game was simply titled Disney’s That’s So Raven and featured some puzzle and combat mechanics. It’s not a very long or in-depth game, but it’s a nice way for fans of the series to kill half an hour or so.
6 Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour
Hannah Montana is probably the Disney Channel property with the most video game spinoffs — a true testament to what a cultural phenomenon the show truly was. Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour was released on the PlayStation 2 and Wii in 2007 and featured many mini-games for fans to live out their pop star fantasies, including dress-up mechanics and a performance rhythm game.
The Spotlight World Tour was panned by critics but remains a cult classic for the fans it once played.
5 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Tipton Trouble
Originally available on the Disney Channel website as a flash game, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Tipton Trouble is remembered as one of the best Disney games of its time. The game was ported to the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS consoles in 2006 and plays sort of like an old-school arcade platformer.
You play as Zack and Cody, who pull pranks at the hotel while trying to avoid being caught by other characters from the show, such as Maddie, London, and Mr. Moseby.
4 High School Musical: Sing It!
High School Musical is one of the most iconic franchises of the Disney Channel machine, in part because of its soundtrack. When your movies feature the best songs of any DCOM, you have to take advantage of it – and that’s exactly what Disney did when they released High School Musical: Sing It! for PlayStation 2 and Wii in 2007.
Mechanically, it’s very much the singing part of Rock Band, but of course its song catalog consists of High School Musical soundtracks, including some additional songs by other Disney alumni like Aly & AJ and The Cheetah Girls.
3 Lizzie McGuire 2: The Lizzie Diaries
One of the most memorable details from The Lizzie McGuire Show was Lizzie’s little animated avatar, so much so that she’s the star of not one, but two games based on the series. The main goal of the game is to collect Lizzie’s diaries that have been scattered all over the world, but the game also has some nice variety when it comes to gameplay.
There are some platforming mechanics, as well as other parts where Lizzie participates in activities like water skiing and playing volleyball.
2 Wizards of Waverly Place
If you’re looking for something with more of a quest-based story, Wizards of Waverly Place, released for the Nintendo DS in 2009, might just be for you. The story of the game follows Alex, Justin and Max as they try to reverse the power of the bracelet that has frozen people across New York.
The game takes advantage of the DS’s touchscreen by drawing shapes to cast certain spells. There are also plenty of mini-games if you’re not feeling up to the story mode, making Wizards of Waverly Place one of the more robust Disney Channel games.
1 Kim Possible 2: The Death of Drakken
Kim Possible is easily one of the best animated shows of the 2000s, and the action series has spawned some great games as well. Launched on the Game Boy Advance in 2004, Kim Possible 2: Drakken’s Demise is definitely one of the highlights of the series.
The graphics are actually pretty good for the time, and the game was a Metroidvania-style platformer that took Kim on an adventure to take down her nemesis, Drakken. This is one of Disney’s more polished licensed games and is worth a replay if you’re a fan of the series.
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