Ducktales (Remastered)

[Multi Plat. ] - Review: Can nostalgia help this game take off?
The Details
  • Title: Ducktales: Remastered
  • Web: Steam Store Page
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Released: 13 August, 2013
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  • Platforms: PC Wii U XBox 360 PS3
  • Reviewed On: PC

If you are now in your late twenties/early thirties, then you probably have fond memories of the cartoon show Duck Tales as a kid.  The three little adorable duck nephews and their duck Uncle Scrooge, always going off on adventures so that the old man can collect his precious treasures.  I always found the nephews to be very cute, but I guess that comes from my fetish for Donald Duck.  I’m a Disney fan, so I just had to get this game when I found its availability on Steam.  The price was quite steep, for a remade classic from the eighties, but I’m hard-core, so I didn’t care.

Paid for, installed, I sat back and waited.  There it appeared, before my eyes, my childhood.  I heard the Duck Tales theme tune start as the menu focused for the very first time in front of my eyes in glorious HD.  Gone was the 8-bit era of Duck Tales, arrived was the glorious shiny HD newer version.  With full on music!  Oh wow…let’s press start and get this thing started.

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Just look at the little things! Soooo cute!

The graphics are clear as a bright blue sky.  Smooth on the eye, and they look beautiful to touch.  You just want to put your hand in there and feel the wonderful textures.  This really is glorious looking.  The first thing I noticed was the game now has speech, which gives it more of a story and willingness to progress, compared to its NES version from 1989.  To keep up with the times, they have also included images that you can unlock in an art gallery menu with in-game money.  Being a Duck Tales fan, it’s nice to be able to collect images in the gallery of your favourite characters.

Enough about gloating about graphics and extras and how cute the ducks are, what about the actual gameplay itself?  I advise that you play this through the xbox pad as it feels much more adaptable than with a keyboard.  Understandable really, seeing as this game was originally released with control pad in mind.

The game level design is pretty much the same as the original, with smoother graphics and a bit of speech and extra treasure added here and there.  It is a really hard game though, and I am not ashamed to say that I am playing this through on easy mode.  Games of old have always been challenging, so it makes sense to put this on an easy play through the first time.

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HD graphics compared to the NES version

For those who don’t know, the game is a side-scrolling platform adventure, similar to Super Mario Bros.  I have noticed invisible walls during my play through when it comes to jumping which can make it annoying to manoeuvre and jumping with the stick to kill enemies doesn’t always feel responsive enough.  However, these things are not game breaking, and with the latter issue, with a bit more skill you can probably make this problem easier for yourself.

The only reason you will buy this game, is probably due to nostalgic feelings.  I don’t regret paying £11.99 for it at all.  It is a lot of fun, it’s challenging and it makes me smile.  If that is everything a game has to offer, then it has got to be a good thing, right?

Judgement
Pros:
  • Lovely HD graphics bring new life into this old classic.
Cons:
  • A few gripes with the compat makes this challenging game become infuriating.
  • Only for the nostalgic.
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