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Ariel the Little Mermaid
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Developer(s) BlueSky Software
Programmer(s) Barbara Michalec
Ronald Thompson
Karl Robillard
Composer(s) D'Cuckoo
Series The Little Mermaid
Platform(s) Sega Genesis, Game Gear, Master System
Release date(s) Genesis
  • WW 1992
Game Gear
  • WW 1992
Master System
  • BR 1992/1993/November, 1996
Genre(s) Action, Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Disney's Ariel the Little Mermaid, usually shorted to simply Ariel the Little Mermaid, is a 1992 video game developed by BlueSky Software for the Sega Genesis, Game Gear and Master System, based on the 1989 film The Little Mermaid.

Critically, Ariel the Little Mermaid was poorly-received for its low difficulty and completion time, and was negatively compared to Ecco the Dolphin. A Master System version was released exclusively in Brazil by Tec Toy.


In Ariel the Little Mermaid, the players controls either Ariel or King Triton in a similar way to Ecco the Dolphin (1992). In the game, their mission is to rid Ursula's spell on the Atlantica kingdom, which has turned the mermaid population into polyps. Depending on which character is chosen, Ariel will also have to save Triton from Ursula, or Triton vice versa. There are four stages, each requiring the player to collect polyps before fighting a boss. The first level is a reef maze with sharks, clams and eels as foes. The second is a sunken ship with sharks, ghosts and skeleton pirates inside and around it. The third is the remains of Atlantis where sentient statues shoot arrows and frisbees, and the last is a series of volcanic caves. Ariel kills enemies and ends the polyp spells by singing, whereas Triton shoots lightning balls to do so.

Ariel the Little Mermaid has three difficulty modes: Easy, Normal, and Challenging. The higher the level, the less money the player starts with, and the more time and effort it takes to get to the stage boss. On Easy, the level automatically transitions to the boss once all the friends are rescued. On Normal, the player can use a map but will have to find the boss area themselves, and on Challenging the map is absent. The player can be helped by three other characters. Sebastian scares away foes, Flounder moves rocks that otherwise make necessary areas inaccessible, and an original character named The Digger Fish looks for buried treasure. Throughout the stages are keys that open treasure chests containing money, extra lives, or health. Money is used to purchase power-ups and one of the tree fish characters Ariel is aided by at Scuttle's shop.

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