A long time ago when I was searching for information on this game, I sent a message to artist Eric Browning about it, and he responded.:
Mickey never saw the light of day. It was complete, I can't remember what happened. I tried animating Mickey- but Disney does not mess around with that guy and I simply am not trained as an animator. We sent it to Little Gangsters in L.A, an animation house Disney worked with. They did amazing animation- I was humbled by that.
After playing the game, I really think that Mr. Browning is selling his work short - the animation and graphics in this game are amazing for a SNES game. It is sort of set up like a point-and-click game. For instance, if you touch an empty flower pot, flowers bloom. The game might be a bit text heavy for the intended child friendly audience, which I assume might have been one of the reasons for it not being released. Some of the puzzles, notably the safe vault challenge, also have very frustrating controls. The game itself looks like it is pretty much complete, but it isn't really something that would appeal to the hardcore SNES fan.
Perhaps unsurprisingly considering this game was geared towards young children, this game was not heavily featured in game magazines. The game was advanced enough that there is box art for it.
The ROM image that is out there comes from a scene release by the group Napalm, who leaked it on January 25, 1995. The checksum is correct in the leaked version. There really isn't any reason to believe the dump is hacked.
_____ _ __________ ______ \\_ \ _ __________ _____________ _______ _ / / _// / \_________ / \_ _ \ / / / ________/ \ / \ _/ ___ \ / / / ___ \ / /__\_ / _ \ / \ \ \ \/ ______/ \ \/ / / _ / \ / _ \ \ \ / / / \ / _/ / \ / \ \ \ \_ \ / _/ / / / \ / \/ / \\____\ /__/ \______/ /_______/ \\________\\______/ / \ / \_________ _ \_________ _ \ /mf \ / \ / <-- [ GaMe\iNFo/MaTioN ] ---------------------------- [ GaMe iNFoRMaT\oN ]/--> \ / \ / \/ TITLE : MICKEY'S PLAYTOWN ADVENTURE \/ COMPANY : Visual Concepts GAMEINFO : SNES/FIG/8M DATE : 01/25/95
I received an email back in early January 2013 from Bob Prater, who owned a prototype of the game. He told me that it was going to be shown on a TV show called “The Home Tech Show”, but the show was cancelled before it aired. The prototype has a date of September 9, 1994, which is quite a bit before the scene release. Whether or not this is an earlier version of the game, it is hard to know. The title screen, which he took a picture of, is identical to the leaked prototype. Mr. Prater sold the game on Ebay shortly afterwards. Here is the text from the auction:
I was doing some cleaning in a cabinet on New Year's Day and found a box of games that were sent to me back in the mid-nineties by video game developers. I produced a show called “The Home Tech Show” which never reached the air. But I still got stuff. Included in the box was the prototype for the SNES game "Mickey's Playtime Adventure: A Day of Discovery," from the folks at Disney. This particular game was never released.
Another prototype was sold by gamezsquare in May 2012. The image from the auction is below.
Here are some screenshots of the game.
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