Don Bluth Films, in association with Iconic Apps, has released Banjo The Woodpile Cat [App Store] adventure game into the App Store. Don Bluth was responsible for the animated arcade classics Dragon's Lair and Space Ace.

Join Banjo and his friends through different adventures in the Banjo the Woodpile Cat Game. Lead Banjo through different scenes from the movie. Simply press the flashing icons/lights to advance to the next scene.
But watch out – Banjo, like any cat, only has nine lives to make his way though all the stages in the game

The title movie was originally released in 1979 and was directed by Don Bluth. The iPhone game adapts the movie into an animated adventure following the same formula as Dragon's Lair, and requires the player to react quickly to flashing objects on the screen progress the story.

Early responses to the game have been relatively poor, however. The game involves watching scenes from the original movie. At random points, certain objects on the screen with flash. Your job is to simply tap on the object quickly enough and the movie scene will continue. If you miss, the scene ends and you've lost a life. In our brief time with the game, it also had some bugs that resulted in the app crashing or a menu button to be unresponsive. All in all, we can't recommend this game, but we are mentioning it for its historical significance.

App Store Link: Banjo The Woodpile Cat, $1.99

  • http://www.tbenjaminlarsen.com T. Benjamin Larsen

    Guess I'll have to check this out. 'Dragon's Lair' and 'Space Ace' are my two largest guilty pleasures among video-games. I'm extremely anti-eyecandy but when it come's to Bluth's stuff I guess the animation-fan in me just wins the battle...

  • http://www.tbenjaminlarsen.com T. Benjamin Larsen

    Guess I'll have to check this out. 'Dragon's Lair' and 'Space Ace' are my two largest guilty pleasures among video-games. I'm extremely anti-eyecandy but when it come's to Bluth's stuff I guess the animation-fan in me just wins the battle...

  • dashzed

    um... it looks kind of pointless.

  • dashzed

    um... it looks kind of pointless.

  • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

    Don't bother, Benjamin. I picked t up for exactly the same reason, but, unlike DL and SA, Bluth's animation was not created specifically for the game, so there's little logic to the clickable areas. There's also very little forward drive in the storyline. I was very, very disappointed.

  • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

    Don't bother, Benjamin. I picked t up for exactly the same reason, but, unlike DL and SA, Bluth's animation was not created specifically for the game, so there's little logic to the clickable areas. There's also very little forward drive in the storyline. I was very, very disappointed.

  • Bobby

    Ugh. I hated Dragon's Lair and Space Ace. Great animation, abysmal gameplay, if you could even call them games.

    I remember putting in my quarter back in the day and just dying over and over, with no idea what I was even supposed to be doing.

  • Bobby

    Ugh. I hated Dragon's Lair and Space Ace. Great animation, abysmal gameplay, if you could even call them games.

    I remember putting in my quarter back in the day and just dying over and over, with no idea what I was even supposed to be doing.

  • COSMONECRO

    Man.....I really wish that they would release Dragon's Lair 1 & 2 and Space Ace for the Iphone. I would definitely pick those up in a heartbeat. Even better yet, I wish I could get Dragon's Lair 3d on the Iphone. I used to own a PS2 and it was supposed to come out for that but got cancelled and was only released for the Xbox, PC, and Nintendo Gamecube. But, low and behold, I got a copy of it from Australia for the PS2. Looks like a few slipped out. LOL. Only problem is, the game is in PAL so I still can't play it. And I own a crappy old G4 Imac so I couldn't play Dragon's Lair 3d on that either. I miss going to the arcades so much when I was a kid and seeing that game. It's just a 80's memoralbillia thing that I must have, ya know?

  • COSMONECRO

    Man.....I really wish that they would release Dragon's Lair 1 & 2 and Space Ace for the Iphone. I would definitely pick those up in a heartbeat. Even better yet, I wish I could get Dragon's Lair 3d on the Iphone. I used to own a PS2 and it was supposed to come out for that but got cancelled and was only released for the Xbox, PC, and Nintendo Gamecube. But, low and behold, I got a copy of it from Australia for the PS2. Looks like a few slipped out. LOL. Only problem is, the game is in PAL so I still can't play it. And I own a crappy old G4 Imac so I couldn't play Dragon's Lair 3d on that either. I miss going to the arcades so much when I was a kid and seeing that game. It's just a 80's memoralbillia thing that I must have, ya know?

  • rasterico

    I still play both dragons lair 1 & 2 and space ace via an emulator called "daphne" on my pc, it's pretty cool as I also have my xarcade 2 player tankstick hooked up to it for that authentic retro feel, I would happily pay for iPhone versions of all 3 of these classics if they were released.

  • rasterico

    I still play both dragons lair 1 & 2 and space ace via an emulator called "daphne" on my pc, it's pretty cool as I also have my xarcade 2 player tankstick hooked up to it for that authentic retro feel, I would happily pay for iPhone versions of all 3 of these classics if they were released.

  • http://www.tbenjaminlarsen.com T. Benjamin Larsen

    Thanks Jose. I'll try to be strong but don't know if I'll be able to succeed. ;)

  • http://www.tbenjaminlarsen.com T. Benjamin Larsen

    Thanks Jose. I'll try to be strong but don't know if I'll be able to succeed. ;)

  • mammamia

    I agree there is not a lot of point, but the animation is terrific and the game is just fun!! Kept my kids amused for ages! I think it's well worth its low price - just enjoy!!

  • mammamia

    I agree there is not a lot of point, but the animation is terrific and the game is just fun!! Kept my kids amused for ages! I think it's well worth its low price - just enjoy!!

  • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

    Can't disagree with your comment about the animation, mammamia -- that may just make the game worthwhile for many. Still, I found the game play to be kind of a drag (didn't help that I got stuck early on), nowhere near as exciting as Space Ace. (Boy, did I pump quarters into that game!)

  • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

    Can't disagree with your comment about the animation, mammamia -- that may just make the game worthwhile for many. Still, I found the game play to be kind of a drag (didn't help that I got stuck early on), nowhere near as exciting as Space Ace. (Boy, did I pump quarters into that game!)

  • michelle ma belle

    Mammamia - I am 100% with you ...
    Ok, so it's not Dragons Lair, but this was obviously made using just the original movie, and as such can't expect to be a game like Dragons Lair or Space Ace which were purposely designed for game play.
    I think the Banjo game is totally innovative - there is nothing like this that I have seen on the iphone as yet!
    And for $2 - what more can people ask for .... Come on now ...
    Stunning animation, and you get to play the movie!
    Takes me back to my childhood!

    Roll on Dragons Lair!

  • michelle ma belle

    Mammamia - I am 100% with you ...
    Ok, so it's not Dragons Lair, but this was obviously made using just the original movie, and as such can't expect to be a game like Dragons Lair or Space Ace which were purposely designed for game play.
    I think the Banjo game is totally innovative - there is nothing like this that I have seen on the iphone as yet!
    And for $2 - what more can people ask for .... Come on now ...
    Stunning animation, and you get to play the movie!
    Takes me back to my childhood!

    Roll on Dragons Lair!