Release Date: August 13th, 2013
Platform: [Reviewed: PlayStation 3], PC, Wii U, Xbox 360
Genre: Action/Adventure, Platformer
Rated: E 10+ for Everyone Ages 10 and Up
When we think about classic NES titles Super Mario Bros. stands out a lot in people’s minds, but among the many hidden gems (in my opinion) of the NES era was the original 1990’s DuckTales. This video game adaptation of the popular 80’s cartoon has now been brought into the spotlight of a new generation so they can experience the joy that many of us had playing this icon of old-school gaming.
Capcom has included a prologue stage that sets up the original title’s plot where the Beagle Boys, who’ve always coveted Scrooge’s vast treasure, has broken into his money vault and Scrooge McDuck is on the way to stop them. As he takes care of the hooligans he noticed that the Beagle Boys were actually after a portrait that concealed a map marking the locations of rare treasures around the globe, and even the Moon! And knowing Scrooge’s obsession with valuables and riches he sets off with friends and family to claim these prizes.
Everything stays true to the original release, including the unique pogo-cane mechanic where Scrooge used his cane as a means to jump higher to reach objects and platforms that normal jumps just can’t reach. This neat move will let players defeat all manners of enemies, hop on hazardous platforms, and discover hidden treasures and areas.
Each level has its own setting spanning anywhere from the dense Amazon forest, to the eerily dark halls of a Transylvanian castle, to the big ball of cheese up in space. Each stage also has unique enemies like robo-ducks on the Moon or hockey-ducks that like to smack block of ice towards you. The game has a nice balance of being challenging while not causing players to burst a vessel in the process by placing plentiful heath items and heart containers to increase the number of hits you can take. On top of everything being revamped, Capcom did us a favor and included a map to help players prevent unnecessary backtracking. Once you reach the end of the level you will go up against the level’s boss, and once defeated you can claim the legendary treasure they guard.
Platformers always need spot on controls and just like its predecessor it is still as solid as I remember. Capcom could’ve just rerelease the original game as is and I’m sure we would’ve been fine and dandy, but the hand drawn sprites and 3D backdrop makes this 2.5D platformer look magnificent. Every level features remixed versions of their original score, accomplishing catchier and more upbeat tunes than I could’ve though possible. I have to admit that when I played Remastered I went straight to the Moon level just so I can hear its theme again and I’m not going to lie, it brought a manly tear to my eye, it’s just that good. Don’t believe me? I posted the theme for your listening pleasure!
On top of that all the original cast members of the show voice their respective character to truly send a tidal wave of nostalgia through fans of the show, it’s as if you’re watching an episode of DuckTales!
A game more than 20 years old has been restored with beautiful HD visuals, an awesome soundtrack, top-notch voice acting, and classic game mechanics that holds up so well. DuckTales provides great gameplay, but once you get use to the pogo-cane mechanic you won’t have that much of a problem. As there is nothing much else that evolves beyond that, not much can stand in your way, and sometimes the game can be just a little too easy on you sometimes. But that’s why there are multiple difficulties for varying experience levels. Despite the blasphemy that was just spread by my treacherous words, DuckTales Remastered is not to be missed by fans of the show, the original title, or good games in general.
Also, Xbox 360 players will have to wait until Spetember 11th before they can return to DuckBurg.
Overall Rating: 4/5