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Gamers have been treated to dozens of classic titles over the years. One of those titles is the original Capcom platformer based on Disney’s DuckTales. The NES was ripe with amazing (and amazingly tough) platformers. DuckTales still stands as one of the best games to land on Nintendo’s legendary home console, but t’s been years since we dusted off our old NES systems and booted up that classic cartridge. Capcom and the devs behind several awesome platformers and licensed games (WayForward) did us current-gen console owners a favor – they rebooted and refurnished DuckTales for a new generation of gamers.
The end result? DuckTales Remastered.
This love letter to the 80′s cartoon and its video game counterpart is a trip down memory lane. The NES sprites have all been redrawn to match the animated visuals we’re used to seeing on the show. The animation is downright beautiful. Each character from the show, from rich ol’ Scrooge McDuck to cute lil’ Webby, looks exactly like their TV show selves. Scrooge runs, jumps and bounces off his foes’ heads with his trusty cane. All of his animations look great in action. The levels themselves look incredible, thanks to the lush colors of the Amazon and the tech-flavored environments of the Moon stage. This remastered edition simply looks breathtaking.
Another standout feature of DuckTales is its audio. The addition of the original voice actors from the TV show helps introduce in-game cinemas that are peppered through the stages. Scrooge interacts with tons of familiar friends/allies, such as the Beagle Boys and fellow adventurer Launchpad. The sound that emits from Scrooge when he’s crawling up a rope will warm the hearts of even the coldest gamers. You’ll undoubtedly emit a few smiles as you hear all these wonderful characters speak.
The game itself is just as good (and difficult) as we remember it being. You control Scrooge McDuck and go around collecting precious gems, attacking random baddies and fending off tricky bosses. The level layout of the old NES version is thankfully intact in this remastered release. Capcom’s Mega Man stage layout is adopted here, since you can choose to tackle each level in any order you please. This is where things start to sour a bit for the game, though…
DuckTales comes from an era of (sometimes) maddeningly difficult games that tested the nerves of our younger selves. Enemies respawn constantly, which guarantees instances where you take repeated hits from baddies you thought you already vanquished. There’s no such thing as checkpoints in this platformer, so prepare to restart one stage over and over in frustration if you die. Old school gamers won’t have too much of a problem with this old school platformer. As for those who are being introduced to this title for the first time, they’ll surely have a tough time clearing any level. Collecting a healthy amount of gems then dying on a boss fight with your last life simply sucks in this game. Watching the same story sequences all over again sucks too, but at least you can skip them anytime.
These issues aren’t enough to make us drop the game, though. Those tough-as-nails levels may make us rage at times, but we always felt compelled to try them again. The overall charm this game exhibits will suck you back in every time. The art gallery mode will feed your nostalgic desires even more as you use your gem money to purchase art stills and TV show art. It pays to jump through every nook and cranny of each stage cause there’s bound to be some hidden gems waiting for you. Collect-a-holic’s will cherish this platformer.
DuckTales Remastered may be a pretty hard platformer that would be better off with a checkpoint system. It’s as tough as we remember it though, so that aspect doesn’t enrage us as much as it will enrage newer gamers. The wonderful remixed tracks, redrawn art and fun hopping ‘n bopping manages to make this game awesome. If you can push yourself past the challenge, you’ll love every moment of this game.
Any game that lets us dive into a vault full of money is a top quality game to us. Download DuckTales Remastered and be prepared to smile.