Winnie the Pooh Day – Looking back at Pooh’s gaming history

Winnie the Pooh has a surprisingly lengthy video game history that ranges back all the way to the Apple II computer. While most of the recent appearances of the honey loving bear have come in the form of cameos in the Kingdom Hearts series, there have been plenty of worthwhile game releases focusing on the series itself over the years. The titles have been just as diverse as the characters are in the books, as the adaptations have ranged from platformers to party games. To celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day, we decided to take a look back at all of the Winnie the Pooh games that have been released.

Winnie the Pooh Games – Winnie the Pooh In the Hundred Acre Woods

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The very first Winnie the Pooh game was made by the creator of Leisure Suit Larry of all people, Al Lowe. Published by Sierra, this title is an adventure game that has players trying to retrieve items that each character had lost. It’s filled with some great references to the source material, and holds up surprisingly well for a 1986 title.

Winnie the Pooh Games – Tigger’s Honey Hunt

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It would take 14 years for the next proper Winnie the Pooh game to come out, and fans got that in a 2.5D platformer starring Tigger. Called Tigger’s Honey Hunt, it features players trying to collect supplies for a party. It features some fantastic animation for when it was released, and offers up a rather enjoyable time.

Winnie the Pooh Games – Winnie the Pooh: Adventures in the 100 Acre Woods

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This Game Boy Color title stars seven different characters including Pooh, Eeyore, and Rabbit. The game itself is split into board games and more action-filled minigames such as rescuing a falling Piglet from a dangerous waterfall. As one would expect, everything is kept relatively simple due to its younger targeted audience.

Winnie the Pooh Games – Pooh’s Party Game: In Search of the Treasure

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The second PlayStation game to feature Pooh and friends is a minigame collection in the vein of Crash Bash and Mario Party. In fact, it even has a board game with different spaces. Unfortunately, the minigames, whether they have players racing or collecting honey pots, are pretty uniformly awful across the board.

Winnie the Pooh Games – Pooh and Tigger’s Hunny Safari

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The second Game Boy Color title for the series was developed by Digital Eclipse. It’s an action game starring Tigger, and features some impressive spritework for the handheld system. There are five worlds to travel through in all including various caves and forests.

Winnie the Pooh Games – Piglet’s Big Game

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Based upon Piglet’s Big Movie, this action-adventure title stars Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger as they get caught in various dream scenarios. Each dream sequence features a distinct goal that plays into the character’s personality (Pooh’s dream has players collecting honey, while Owl’s dream is about a library). Eventually, Piglet gets to become the star for real after his friends become stranded on islands and he has to rescue them. It’s one of the most charming licensed titles even if it’s not quite as good as the movie it’s based upon.

Winnie the Pooh Games – Winnie the Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventure

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Sadly, the surprisingly good stretch of Winnie the Pooh games came to an end with Rumbly Tumbly Adventure. Published by Ubisoft, this action game wasn’t nearly as charming as its predecessors and was too simplified to be interesting mechanically. It does feature a cute story that features a treasure hunt, but that’s about it.

Winnie the Pooh Games – Winnie the Pooh’s Home Run Derby!

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This flash game was originally released on Disney’s Japanese website in 2008, but it wasn’t until several years later when it became popular due to its shocking difficulty spike. The baseball game starts off relatively simple, as Pooh is able to get home runs off of pitchers like Piglet and Eeyore, but things get incredibly intense once Rabbit and Christopher Robin take the mount. It’s a shockingly fun challenge, so see how far you can get in the game for yourself. I bet you can’t get past Tigger’s infuriating curve ball.

Winnie the Pooh Games – Winnie the Pooh

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Based upon the 2011 film of the same name, Winnie the Pooh is an interactive story book. To progress the story, players have to solve various puzzles and play minigames. Since it is developed for younger children, there is no way to actually fail. This is the closest we’ve come to a full game in the past decade.

Winnie the Pooh Games – Various Educational Titles and Animated Storybooks

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This list actually gets a lot longer if we count the titles that exist in the outskirts of gaming. There are several educational games (such as Ready for Math With PoohA Year at Pooh Corner, and Winnie the Pooh Preschool) and animated storybooks (Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too and Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree), but they aren’t particularly interesting or all that interactive.