Top 5 McDonalds Themed Retro Gaming Adventures

Top-5-McDonalds-Themed-Retro-GamesProduct placement within video games is nothing new. With Penguin chocolate bars appearing in Robocod, Golden Grahams cereal in Soccer Kid and Quavers crisps in One Step Beyond, it comes as no surprise that the fast food company released a handful of McDonald's themed retro games over the years.

While we’d like to have an extensive list of Hamburger flavoured retro games (with a helping of fries) to choose from, there is unfortunately a meagre five mainstream releases from the Golden Arches headquarters to enjoy.

McDonalds’ last outing in a fully fledged gaming adventure surfaced a massive 17 years ago on the Sega Game Gear in 1994. While the fast food company did attempt to return to the gaming industry by distributing PlayStation 1 demo discs within Happy Meals, McDonalds have remained rather quiet on the gaming front since. Until Ronald McDonald returns, we will have to settle with the following classics: 

Donald Land (Nintendo Famicom) (1988)

Donald Land was the first time a McDonalds product had arrived in cartridge form, gracing the Nintendo Famicom in 1988. Data East (more commonly known for BurgerTime and the Joe and Mac series) developed Ronald McDonald’s first platforming adventure, but sadly fell short of the mark.

Offering very little to the platform genre, this poorly programmed game featured nothing but near-impossible jumps to make and uncontrollable apple projectiles. Unsurprisingly this Famicom title remained exclusive to Japan, which was probably for the better. 

Donald Land is something we can easily forget, thanks to the incredible...

McDonald Land / M.C. Kids (Amiga, NES, GB, ST, DOS, C64) (1992)

Also making an appearance on Nintendo’s 8-bit console (amongst an array of other platforms including the Commodore Amiga and Nintendo Game Boy), McDonald Land built the very foundations of the McDonalds games we grew to love.

Released in 1992, McDonald Land (or M.C. Kids as the American’s came to know the game) featured two rad kids of the 90’s enjoying a summer evening camping out, shortly before being whisked away by Ronald McDonald on a quest to find his Magic Bag. Not the most ideal evening so to speak...

The platform game not only offered an enjoyable range of levels to explore, but also an interesting block-placing mechanism to solve puzzles. Originality aside, it was clear as day McDonald Land took inspiration from Super Mario Bros 3, as it featured a similar style world map allowing the ‘kids to traverse between levels as they pleased.

View McDonald Land / M.C. Kids in the RetroCollect Game Database

Ronald McDonald in the Magical World (Sega Game Gear) (1994)

For those who have lurked around RetroCollect for long enough will be well aware of our praises for Ronald McDonald’s visit to the Sega Game Gear. Ronald McDonald in the Magical World ticked all the boxes where product placement was concerned with games, while offering an equally pleasurable handheld experience.

Hitting Sega’s colour portable in 1994, this handheld title featured a rather small yet challenging world spanning four worlds and four bosses. Written down, this sounds almost too short for a game of this era, however the incredible use of the Game Gear colour palette and solid controls will have you replaying this gem over and over again.

Mick and Mack: Global Gladiators (Amiga, MD, SMS, GG) (1992)

What happens when the all famous M.C. Kids grow up? Well, quite naturally they equip themselves with their gunge blasting rifles and set foot on an environment saving adventure of a lifetime.

This 1992 release for just about every early Sega platform and the Commodore Amiga was the creation of gaming mastermind David Perry (known for the likes of Earthworm Jim, Aladdin and Cool Spot). Global Gladiators featured a selection of polluted levels in need of two heroes to clean up, while collecting a vast amount of Golden Arches to proceed onwards.

In short, while great, it was rather detached from the McDonalds brand and came across more as an attempt to communicate the good message of taking care of the world we live in. Rather ironic eh?

View Mick and Mack: Global Gladiators in the RetroCollect Game Database

McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure (Sega Mega Drive) (1993)

Iconic developer Treasure has become well known amongst retro gamers for their constant supply of groundbreaking titles over the years, with their 1993 release McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure being a worthy addition under their seal of quality.

This bizarre outing has you taking control of Ronald McDonald in a visually striking world, offering plenty of challenge and adventure. Equipped with hands capable of shooting magical dust and an hidden-extending-platform-scaling handkerchief (more commonly seen on questionable clowns), Ronald was back in action and ready to piece together a missing treasure map.

Although overlooked, McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure was without a doubt one of the most enjoyable Sega Mega Drive games ever released and left open a huge window of opportunity for the fast food company to build upon. Sadly though, our tale of the Golden Arches ends here.

View McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure in the RetroCollect Game Database

Last Updated ( 11 September 2011 )  


Better known as Adam offline, Cauterize is one of RetroCollect's final bosses with an unhealthy addiction to pixels. When he's not out searching the web for the latest retro gaming news or creating content for RetroCollect, he'll will most likely be found working on his Sensible Soccer skills.

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(Link to this comment) foreversonic 2011-09-11 21:56
I loved Global Gladiators when I was younger! I enjoy playing the recycling special stages. Can't score as much as I used to but a fantastic game all round.
(Link to this comment) foreversonic 2011-09-11 21:57
On that note, the video for it is not the 8bit Master System version :o That's the Mega Drive version!!
(Link to this comment) Turricanx 2011-09-12 13:08
Loved playing Global Gladiators, might dig it out and give it another go on my Amiga :) nice top 5, I didn't realise there were that many!
(Link to this comment) MegaDrive20XX 2011-09-12 14:29
Great, now I want some chicken nuggets. Thanks Cauterize. :P
(Link to this comment) TwoHeadedBoy 2011-09-14 21:36
Never played that Famicom game, but the other four are all fantastic. McDonald's can't go wrong with food, and they can't go wrong with games either!

Great Food + Great Games = No wonder they've got so much money.
(Link to this comment) Rynex04 2011-09-28 21:58
I had McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure as a kid and it was great it was the first Treasure game I played.

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