Life is like a hurricane here in Duckburg!
DuckTales, originally for the NES, which launched in 1989, has decided to comeback from out nowhere more than 20 years later, when WayForward announced they were doing a full HD-remake of the classic Capcom Disney platformer. DuckTales has always been a cult classic and one of the memorable old-school classic Capcom and Disney games that many of the older gamers grew up remembering; so it's only right to see it released so gamers of today can experience a true classic. This old-school platform not only combined everyone's favorite Disney cartoon-TV program and brought it to their hands, but was actually Capcom's best selling game on the NES and GameBoy!
DuckTales Remastered story is like that of the original, only with a bit more details (clearing up things from the NES version for those who wanted valid reasons). The player takes control as Scrooge McDuck who searches the world for five hidden treasures, in order to add onto his title of being the "richest duck in the world". Scrooge's quest begins after finding a secret message in a painting, that the Beagle Boys were trying to steal. Along with the Beagle Boys, you run into classic DuckTales villlains such as Magica de Spell and Flintheart; as well as Scrooge's friends like Launchpad. Now with a list of items and where to find, Scrooge and the boys set off to start a riveting adventure!
DuckTales Remastered gameplay is 2D platforming with some exploring aspects. In DuckTales you control Scrooge McDuck and use his cane for all assortments of exploration; such as attacking enemies or using it to bounce to higher places. The cane can be set for an Easy Pogo for newer players, where they only have to press one button to bounce continuously, or if you play Hard or Expert, the Hard Pogo/original way is of mandatory use; meaning you have to press down and whatever your cane button is set to, so you can use it. The exploration aspect of DuckTales comes in from the fact that this 2D platformer allows a player to go "back" in the game; meaning the area left of the player is still a reachable and not out of the game, like in Super Mario Bros or Mega Man platformers.
The main differences from the original DuckTales, besides the obvious remastered graphics and soundtrack, is the added levels. In the original DuckTales, you would travel five levels (same as DuckTales Remastered) only to return to Transylvania for the final boss fight. In the Remastered edition, you got a tutorial level in Scrooge's Money Bank and the final boss got moved to entire new level called Mount Vesuvius. In addition, to the two new levels; added story was created in-between levels to clarify things, such as Scrooge McDuck breathing in space, etc.
Other added features to the game were new boss-move patterns, the expansion of levels, and of course the ability to dive into the legendary Scrooge McDuck bin! Collecting money in the game also led for the player to purchase in-game collectibles, such as artwork or even unlocking the 8-bit OST of the game. For newer players/players who play on easier settings, DuckTales Remastered also included a map, so they could locate puzzle pieces, or needed where to go next.
DuckTales Remastered boasts a beautiful soundtrack both in the remastered or the 8-bit version, so in turn the music boasts a very high score. The graphics are fantastic in every way. I honestly felt like I was playing the DuckTales cartoon, while I ran through my playthroughs in DuckTales Remastered. The game features a 2.5D presentation, with 2D hand-drawn character sprites and 3D modeled levels. Backgrounds and layouts were created by Disney Television artists Mike Peraza and Rick Evans. Finally, the replay-value of the game is moderate-high. The reason, besides trophies, is because of the four difficulty (Easy to Extreme) settings the game has and of course the ability to collect more money to buy collectibles to view.
DuckTales Remastered is a good, albeit short game. The chance to replay this NES classic and some true 2D platforming is a pleasure, especially today and I was glad it was done. One point that bothered me was most reviewers complained about the game being hard, or how come on Expert mode you could not save your progress...well it was a classic NES game with NO SAVES! Most games were one beat and done and the feeling of accomplishment when beating a game like this is what makes gaming great. I loved the 8-bit soundtrack and the graphics of the game, although it was just an alright experience overall.
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