Goof Troop (SNES)

Pub & Dev: Capcom | July 1993 | 4 MEGS
Pub & Dev: Capcom | July 1993 | 4 MEGS

Capcom has a long track record with their video game adaptations of the Disney Afternoon. With solid hits on the NES such as the Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers series, Darkwing Duck and the DuckTales games, as a kid back in the early ’90s it was exciting to ponder the 16-bit possibilities. Capcom’s first Disney Afternoon game on the SNES was Goof Troop. But rather than doing your typical platformer (as was so often the case with these sort of games), Capcom decided to switch things up a bit. Goof Troop features top-down action with puzzle elements thrown in for good measure. Some even say that Goof Troop is slightly reminiscent of a more streamlined Zelda. Obviously it’s nowhere as fantastic as Link to the Past but just being able to draw those pseudo comparisons speaks to the game’s quality. There are only five short levels but it’s a sweet ride while it lasts. Best of all, a 2-player option allows you and a buddy to play as the father-son duo of Goofy and Max. Use brawn and brains alike to rescue Pete and PJ from an awful pirate kidnapping. Not merely an action affair, it’s a bit of a thinking man’s game with just enough brain teasers to satisfy beyond the typical SNES action game.



Being a kid in the early ’90s rocked. Thanks to awesome video games (the NES and later the 16-bit war) and television programming (TGIF and the Disney Afternoon), growing up back then was a magical and special time indeed. The Disney Afternoon made its debut on September 10, 1990. It ran four 30 minute cartoon shows from the 3 to 5 o’clock hour. For two hours, right after school, grade school kids would just plop themselves in front of their TV to watch great Disney cartoons such as DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, Aladdin and Gargoyles just to name some. Fridays were the best because it signaled the end of the school week and you celebrated it by watching two hours of the Disney Afternoon followed later that night by two hours of TGIF (with classic shows such as Family Matters and Full House). It was the perfect veg out way to kick off a kid’s glorious weekend. And that happened EVERY Friday back in the early to mid ’90s. Man, TV was the shit back then!


Goop Troop made its Disney Afternoon debut during season 3 (1992-1993). Premiering on September 5, 1992, Goof Troop ran for nearly 80 episodes. It also had two feature length movies produced (A Goofy Movie in 1995 and An Extremely Goofy Movie in 2000). Goof Troop focuses on the father-son relationship between single father Goofy and his son, Max. Along with the always entertaining neighbor, Pete (and his own family), Goof Troop was a great show and one of my favorites. The father-son aspect made it unique and special.

The first one is really good and underrated
The first one is really good and underrated

But perhaps the best thing about Goof Troop was its stellar intro. Cartoons used to have the best songs and intros, and Goof Troop was no exception. I mean, just check it out for yourself!

It’s a crime not to like that.


So being a huge fan of the show, I was thrilled to no ends when I started seeing Goof Troop previews in the pages of GameFan back in 1993. The SNES was getting its first Disney Afternoon game at long last. Although I was disappointed we never got a DuckTales or Darkwing Duck game on the Super Nintendo, I was grateful for Goof Troop.

Thanks for all the memories, Disney Afternoon!
Thanks for all the memories, Disney Afternoon!



As the show’s theme song goes, “We’re the Goof Troop, and we always stick together.” The 2-player mode is teamwork personified. Look no further than being able to toss objects back and forth as desired.



Up to two tools can be carried at any time. Should you already have two and want to pick up a new item, you’ll swap the currently selected one with the new one.








Another gorgeous sunny day in Spoonerville, Goofy and company headed out to the ocean for some fishing. Cruising for the big ones in open water, Pete and PJ were suddenly caught in the ominous shadow of a gigantic ship.







Victims of a pirate kidnapping, the towering ship set sail for Spoonerville Island. Goofy and Max rowed for all they were worth but they couldn’t catch the pirate ship before it landed on the island. Determined to save their friends, Goofy and Max set out to explore the island and find the pirate stronghold.







Presentation is simple yet slick in that classic Capcom way. Goofy is slower and stronger while Max is faster and weaker. When playing with a friend, I recommend Goofy for the more experienced player and Max for the other (Max’s speed makes life easier for novices).








Spoonerville Island consists of five levels. After landing on shore, an islander is ready to greet you and offer a few tips.







Cherries add hearts to your life. Grab the hookshot. Then talk to the islander and go on your merry way.







Enemies are defeated when you throw boulders and blocks at them. The same goes for snakes, except the hookshot can conveniently thwart their efforts as well.







Barrels and pots are fair game, too. Goof Troop has its fair share of puzzles. These usually consist of the “kick the blocks in the square” variety. The first one is easy peasy but they gradually tick up in difficulty.







Shovels allow you to dig for goodies. Certain blocks can be kicked, taking out any enemy caught in its path.







Unable to cross the bridge due to the gap, you spy a board lying in the far corner. You’ll have to work your way around in order to grab it, but once you do, you’ll be able to pass to the next section.







There’s something satisfying about clearing a room of its enemies and using your hookshot to grab the items.







Puzzles grow increasingly harder. Love the palm trees. A nice touch, for sure.







Puzzles, though they increase in difficulty, never get too out of hand. Nothing that a little staring contemplatively at the screen won’t solve!







Kicking a block into a bad guy never gets old.







Remember Whac-A-Mole? The first boss, Jester Hole, is a lot like that. Except you catch their barrels (and even bombs) and throw it back at their sorry faces. A password is given once you clear the stage, along with a tally of your time.








Questioning the jester goons on the whereabouts of Pete and PJ, we come to find out that the pirates mistook Pete for Keelhaul Pete, Pete’s evil pirate doppelgänger. This leads our heroes to the local village for answers where they’re immediately greeted by a pair of not-so-friendly locals. No rest for the wicked!







Another puzzle but this time the stakes are raised. You have to solve it while avoiding the fireballs.







Snakes are no match for the hookshot. Enemies get a little tougher as the game progresses — those guys can heave their swords at you!







Lollygag here and you’re screwed!













Hookshot can be used to cross gaps or procure goodies far away. Nice.







Rolling enemies are fast and deadly. Better slip into an alcove for safety. The second boss, Fire Bug, makes Dhalsim green with envy.







Beware of the torches. After exhausting the barrels at the bottom of the screen, you’ll have to catch incoming barrels from the locals.








Damnit, almost under 20 minutes. Always fun to try and best your time. Goofy and Max find themselves standing before a huge fortress. Goofy suggests knocking but Max knows it’s going to take more than that…







Maybe not that much more, though.







Cannonballs come firing in different directions. Spikes come into play as well. Keep an eye on that armored suit… it’ll spring to life!







Darkness reigns in some rooms, so find the candle to widen the scope.







Harvest Moon, Goofy wants to audition!







Casually strolling by with not a care in the world like only Goofy can. Catch the bombs and give it a taste of its own medicine.







Armored suits resurrect unless you damage them when they’re down. By the way, notice the crack in the wall there? Hmmm…







Ringing the bell makes the bad guy come to you. Line him up and take him out.







Doesn’t take a genius to solve this one :P







Protection? No such thing in Goof Troop. Pots travel through even walls. And although the hookshot doesn’t directly eliminate a bad guy, it can be used to push one over the edge. Sweet!







Turning a corner in a dark room only to run into a bad guy inches away is quite the tense moment. Make your way to the boss room before that moving wall crushes you.







Reanimated skeletons are bad to the bone, literally. Avoid the bones they’ll chuck your way, then grab them and heave it back at them. Heads will roll!








Always fun to see the clear time under 20 minutes. Meanwhile, Pete and PJ are treated as royalty. The pirates don’t realize that’s not really their leader, Keelhaul Pete. The idjits.







There’s a chill in the air, brrrr. These caverns are damp and cold. Bundle up!







Barrels R Us! Get your arms up and catch those bad boys, then chuck it right back at them. But be careful, they can catch them too!







Exploding blocks add some extra depth to the puzzles.







Frozen rooms are slippery and a little trickier to navigate. Light up those flames before time runs out to open the door.







Quickly set the blocks in place while avoiding certain death.







Nothing like lining them up and mowing them down :D







Falling boulders are a great hazard. Ride the mine cart and take out any poor sap caught in your way.







Solving a puzzle in a dark room is definitely annoying. And so is being in a room with no barrels or pots to throw. But both instances up the difficulty a bit, which is sorely lacking in this game.







Brainteaser, this one.







Waterfall blocks your path. Clear it and then come back to enter the boss lair.







Rumblers crawl about looking to ruin your day. Grab the rocks that fall and let ‘em have it. Damn, almost 23 minutes. I wish more games from that era listed your clear times. It’s a detail I’ve always appreciated.














Having spotted his neighbor and pal, Pete, Goofy rushes in only to fumble the situation in classic Goofy fashion. That’s when our heroes realize that’s the pirate king, Keelhaul Pete!







Graphically, the previous level was a bit drab. Thankfully, this last level looks a lot better as it’s filled with lush colors.







Hooray for being able to catch bombs. That conveyor belt could not come faster.







Crashing the party like only Goofy can, he really knows how to let loose. Hell, he’s about to jump on one of those tables and pull a Pee-wee Herman. No, not THAT. Thank God not that. I’m talking about the classic TEQUILA scene from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Later on, a tricky puzzle stands in the way between you and the key.







Shifting holes in the ground make this a bit tricky to navigate, especially for the impatient and hasty player.







Catching barrels from bad guys is the best. But always keep in mind they can do the same!







Keelhaul Pete stands between you and paradise. Watch out for his spin attack and his extendable hook.













Keelhaul Pete is done for, and you rescue your friends in the end. All’s well that ends well. The ending screenshot displays your total play time. Again, I wish more games from that era did this as well. It’s a nice little touch, especially for those who like to chart their play time.



Goof Troop for the most part was well received in North America. GameFan raved about it in its preview, although they never reviewed the final product. Magilla from GameFan had this to say: “The magic of Capcom and Disney is back! The game is kind of like Zelda with just the dungeons. Capcom’s done a great job with the interaction between each player in the 2-player mode. In one situation, you’ll come across a room full of pirates. One player will use a bell, which will distract the pirates, while the other player moves by them undetected to flip a switch… way cool. It’s not Zelda, but it’s a great game.” EGM gave it ratings of 8, 8, 8 and 7. Super Play was a little less impressed though, rating it 69%. James Leach reported, “Goof Troop could have been excellent. It just needs a bit more variety, a bit more difficulty and, in fact, a bit more everything. So be wary, challenge fans.”

Heres what I say to that!
Here’s what I say to that!

Mr. Leach certainly was right when he said the game could use more difficulty. It’s quite the cakewalk. But I strongly disagree that it could, “in fact, use a bit more everything.” But don’t take my word for it. Goof Troop is often held in pretty high regards among SNES fans.




Capcom’s Disney Afternoon debut on the Super Nintendo was a success. There’s a reason why so many retro gamers often cite Goof Troop on recommendation lists along the lines of “Underrated SNES Games” and “SNES Hidden Gems.” It’s easy to pick up and play. The visuals are simple yet colorful and extremely inviting — the game’s overall look and aesthetic just makes you want to explore Spoonerville Island and discover what lurks behind every last nook and cranny. Animations are great and there are some bouncy tunes to bob along to, with each theme fitting that particular part of the island quite well. I especially love the sound effects. The sound of gaining a life is deeply embedded in my mind even all these years later. But the main ingredient that Goof Troop nails is the gameplay. It’s a breath of fresh air; I feel there aren’t nearly enough games like this on the SNES, which makes Goof Troop all the more unique and special.


Teamwork is the name of the game, and Goof Troop easily stands as one of the shining examples of 2-player co-op SNES experiences. Not only are Goofy and Max distinctively different, but the ability to catch and throw blocks in addition to a number of other strategies makes it a very rewarding 2-player team effort. It’s still fun when playing alone but the true magic lies in teaming up with a buddy. Items are perfectly allocated and the game flows extremely well. There’s almost never a dull moment or a stretch where there isn’t some fun gimmick to employ in one way or another. The puzzles are on the easier side (sans the final one) and you could beat the game on your first try. It’s not one of the all-time greats in the SNES pantheon by any stretch but as far as “best of the rest” goes, Goof Troop deserves its place in any well-rounded SNES collection.

Graphics: 7.5
Sound: 8
Gameplay: 8.5
Longevity: 7

Overall: 8.5

Double Silver Award
Double Silver Award




Classic Capcom
Classic Capcom :)

2 thoughts on “Goof Troop (SNES)”

  1. I feel I got carried away in my feedback for your Final Fight 2 review, for which I apologize again, so let me make up for that with a nicer and less lengthy comment.

    Anyway, I really like this game. =) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past has inspired and influenced a lot of action-oriented adventure games in terms of gameplay and structure (e.g. Ancient’s Beyond Oasis, Quintet’s Tenchi Sōzō /Terranigma, Lenar’s Ganpuru: Gunman’s Proof, Matrix Software’s Alundra, et al), and while Capcom’s adaptation of Goof Troop doesn’t hold a candle to Nintendo’s quintessential classic (which would a tall order), it *is* the closest we’ll get to a Disney take on the third Zelda. And for what Capcom accomplished in the one and only video game adaptation of the 1992-1993 series, they did a really good job.

    I really like the polished nature of this game and its nonlinear layout of its five stages. I love that both Goofy and his son Max have distinguishing characteristics about them where Goofy makes up for his lack of speed with his strength while Max makes up for his lack of power (particularly when he’s carrying an object above his head) with his quick agility. It’s a really pleasing game to look at also, and I like how there are moments of puzzle-solving (I like puzzles). I’m not a fan of its soundtrack given how brief the songs are, with the exception of the penultimate stage with its relaxing background accompaniment succinctly augmenting the atmosphere of the cave.

    It’s interesting how this is one of Shinji Mikami’s early games he’s worked on, alongside Nintendo 16-bit Disney’s Aladdin, for he would go on to create Resident Evil for some elements from this game would resurface there. Humble beginnings, huh?

    Also, isn’t it curious how this game originally made in 1993 bookends on a fight against a pirate captain decked out in red with a bionic hook a la Bionic Commando in a similar-ish fashion to how Ukiyotei’s 1992 adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s Hook did the same, different genres aside? It’s a bit too similar to be a coincidence.

    I only played the Japanese version Gūfii to Makkusu – Kaizoku Shima no Daibōken on the Super Famicom which has two extra difficulty settings that were added a year after the release of the original NTSC SNES release. There is a sense of replay value as the puzzle solutions are different depending on the difficulty, but the game has got a reasonable difficulty throughout as the areas are laid out well. The only real downside is that it’s really brief, but while it lasts it is a lot of charming fun. =) Four years ago I played it with one of my cousins on Game Type 2, and it was a real enjoyable two-player session.

    Of the six Disney licenses Capcom developed for the Nintendo 16-bit, this is one of their better ones and in my Top 3:
    6. Bonkers
    5. Disney’s Aladdin
    4. The Magical Quest starring Mickey Mouse
    3. Gūfii to Makkusu – Kaizoku Shima no Daibōken
    2. The Great Circus Mystery starring Mickey & Minnie*
    1. Mickey to Donald: Magical Adventure 3
    * I haven’t played The Great Circus Mystery in a few years, so the order might be subject to change.

    To each their own

    1. Haha no need to apologize about your last comment on Final Fight 2. As I said, that game was a bit lackluster and I could see why you expressed your disappointment with the game in the way that you did. Thankfully, Capcom got it right with Goof Troop, which easily stands one of the better 2 player co-op games on the SNES. I’m still a bit sad we never got adaptations of Chip ‘N Dale, Duck Tales or Darkwing Duck on the SNES, but Goof Troop makes for a nice consolation prize.

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