Just grab onto some DuckTales, woo-oo!
REVIEW: DuckTales Remastered is one of those classic platform games that really didn't need to be remade but the result is an entertaining trip down memory lane.
For those of us old enough to remember the Disney cartoon, DuckTales tells the story of miserly billionaire (gazilionaire?) Scrooge McDuck and his grand-nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie
In DuckTales, Scrooge travels the world searching for five ancient artefacts that will provide a more lucrative pot of gold at the end. Out to steal his loot, as usual, are the notorious Beagle Boys, a family of robbers.
The original Ducktales appeared on the NES - a game I never played - and I can't recall old memories and say, "This has changed for the better" or, "That has got worse" but in perhaps a nod to the nostalgic past, Capcom has brought back some of the original actors to voice the characters from the original game.
And gone, too, obviously, are the original's 8-bit pixelated and blocky character graphics, instead replaced with high-resolution, hand-drawn characters that are animated beautifully against a 3D-ish background.
Game play is of the old-school platformer variety: jump from place to place, jump higher to reach higher obstacles, climb ropes and jump onto enemies to knock them out. McDuck has a pogo stick that he can use to reach higher spots, often containing chests containing jewels, and obstacles include spiked floors, giant ceiling-mounted hammers and man-eating plants.
McDuck can also use his pogo stick to whack rocks and other obstacles, launching them into the air. It's a strategy that's used to defeat many of the game's bosses.
DuckTales Remastered makes no apology for its old-school platformer roots and it's a game that will provide a challenge for even the most hardened old-school platform fiend. It's a game that on higher difficulty levels too many missed jumps means the Game Over screen will come pretty quickly.
There are frustrations- the most noticeable was how the game threw you back to the start of the level after you lost your last bit of health while battling a boss. Having to revisit a location you've already done before (perhaps several times if you've died several times) was annoying.
DuckTales Remastered didn't have to be made (and you could say it's a bit of a cash grab on Capcom's part) but while it proves frustrating at times (as many platformers do), it's an entertaining trip down memory lane that fans of the original will no doubt love to revisit.
Reviewed on: Windows PC
RRP: $US$14.99 via Steam
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