Duck Tales Remastered Review

May 19, 2014 at 11:21 am | Posted in Game Review, Wii U Review | Leave a comment
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Capcom have released a remastered version of the NES classic, complete with that awesome theme tune. Sing along now: Life is like a hurricane, here in Duckberg. Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes, it’s a duck blur. Might solve a mystery, or re-write history. Duck Tales woo-hoo!

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Title: Duck Tales Remastered

Format: Wii U (Also available on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC)

Developed by: WayForward

Published by: Capcom

Genre: Platform

The original Duck Tales on the NES is coveted by fans almost as much as Scrooge McDuck loves his collection of shiny gold. Released way back in 1990, it was a hugely challenging, but beautifully designed platformer that quickly captured the hearts of Disney-fed youngsters. So old-school gamers were understandably excited when Capcom announced a remastered version for Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U.

To bring Scrooge back, Capcom have assigned the job to 2D platformer specialists WayForward, whose impressive portfolio includes Shantae, Aliens Infestation, and Mighty Switch Force. Giving Duck Tales a make-over while staying true to the original is no easy task, but considering their excellent work on the Wii re-imagining of A Boy and His Blob, the project looked in safe hands.

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Where’s ma money?

It’s clear from the start that WayForward have yet again worked their magic. Scrooge McDuck and his adventure-seeking family and friends have had their pixels polished into impressive hand-drawn sprites, akin to WayForward’s approach on A Boy and His Blob. The original five levels (African Mines, Amazon, Himalayas, Transylvania, and The Moon) have been given a lick of paint, and look just as striking in 3D polygons as the pixel art did nearly 25 years ago. Jake ‘Virt’ Kaufman has also expertly updated Hiroshuge Tonomura’s iconic soundtrack. The Moon track is one of the best tunes to have come out of NES-era music and has never sounded better. To cap it all off, Capcom have even hired the original voice actors from the cartoon to give the newly-created story sequences a breath of authenticity.

All the spit and polish would be for naught if the core gameplay wasn’t up to scratch, but thankfully Duck Tales stands the test of time. Scrooge is surprisingly agile for an octogenarian and still pretty handy with a walking cane. The pogo-stick mechanics that inspired Kickstarter project Shovel Knight make a comeback, giving Scrooge a literal spring in his step. Apart from some little tweaks here and there, the level designs have been left as they were and are still fun to explore. The original had a lot of hard-to-spot secret areas, which have been made considerably easy to find thanks to a new map. The extreme difficulty remains for those weaned on NES games, but newcomers are accommodated for with an easy mode that still leaves enough of a challenge to not get boring.

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It’s good to be be back, huh Unca Scrooge?

The short playtime is perhaps being the only criticism that can be levelled at Duck Tales Remastered. But, to be fair to WayForward, they have added a couple of extra levels and included unlockable art and music for those who relish multiple playthroughs.

All in all, Duck Tales Remastered is an excellent title for veterans of the original, as well as newcomers looking for a challenging platformer.

8/10

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