As a child growing up in the late 80’s / early 90’s, I used to get up in the wee hours of the morning to watch Ducktales and various other cartoons. I still to this day have very few, but very vivid memories of this wonderful show. Of course I was happier than a grasshopper in a corn field when I played Ducktales on the NES, Can you folks guess how blown away I was when I found this on the PSN? If your answer was very much and hurry the hell up with the damn review already, old man, then you were correct.
Ducktales features all the original voices from the surviving members of the animated show, thankfully. The gameplay does remains almost indentical to the original, except for more detailed graphics and a few other changes here and there, like extra levels, treasure being in different places and boss fights being a bit more challenging. In the game, you take on the role of Scrooge McDuck as he travels across the globe in search of five treasures to further increase his fortune, stop the beagles boys from stealing his loot and rescuing his nephews from shady characters.
To those unfamiliar with the game, you start off with a tutorial level where it introduces you to the basics of the controls and the gameplay, for example, you learn how to use your cane to bounce to higher surfaces, bop enemies heads and how to smash open treasures and obstacles. You also experience the first traps and puzzles of the game, beat up The Beagle Boys, rescue Huey, Dewey and Louie and take on the first boss, Big Boss Beagle. Whenever you are in Scrooge’s office, there is also the added fun of diving into the money vault and swimming in a sea of coins. The six levels you will be prancing around in are; The Moon, The Amazon, Transylvania, African Mines, The Himalayas and Mount Vesuvius.
Along the way, you discover various prizes to collect like diamonds and rubies to add to your fortune and ice creams and cakes to restore your health. The many challenges I encountered weren’t too difficult to figure out, as for the boss fights, they also were pretty basic once you figured out their pattern, it’s all trial and error, dear reader. Although i was stuck fighting Count Dracula Duck and Magica De Spell for far longer than i should have….Stupid hard bosses.
All up, I enjoyed this game, certainly one of the better reboots out there. I give it a 9/10
Play it if you like: Ducktales, 2D action adventure platformers, 80’s cartoons, having fun playing kids games.
Posted on February 21, 2014 by admin