Animation lovers refer to the period of the late 80s/early 90s as the time of “Disney Renaissance”. On the big screen, we got “The Little Mermaid”, “Aladdin”, “The Lion King” and more, and almost simultaneously Disney started taking over TV screens, either by continuing some well-known stories and expanding on them (“Hercules”, “Timon and Pumba”) or by putting the familiar characters in new environments and adventures (“Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers”, “Tale Spin”). You know the rule – where there is a successful property, there must be an accompanying video game. This time around, luck was on the gamers’ side, since the first three games based on the cartoons from the Disney Afternoon cartoon block were made by Capcom, a giant that brought us Mega Man, Street Fighter and more.
Just like with the cartoons, the games started with “Ducktales”. The game followed the big duck, Mr. Scrooge himself, on a journey across the world. Scrooge has to visit five different locations in order to find five pieces of treasure that will increase his wealth even more. In addition, throughout the levels, there are treasure chests which contain diamonds used to boost his treasure, or ice cream and cake, which are used to increase his health. Scrooge’s trademark cane can be used both as a weapon to be swung at enemies, or used to break open barrels and chests, or as a means of transportation – Mr. McDuck can jump on his cane as if it was a pogo stick; this technique can be used to get rid of enemies, or to traverse dangerous terrain.
These things haven’t changed since the original game has been released for the NES in 1985. However, the title that is the focus of this article “DuckTales Remastered” has expanded the original levels and made the game more accessible to less experienced players. This version of the game also adds a tutorial level at the beginning, and a final level on top of Mount Vesuvius, a place where both the final boss battle and a race to the mountain’s top take place. All the enemies that were featured in the original, such as Magica De Spell and the Beagle Boys make their return, but the story is much more detailed this time around.
The presentation is where this game truly stands out – 2D character models have been placed in a 3D environment, giving the entire game that “2.5 D look” that all the gamers that still play platformers know and love. There are many lines of dialogue and voice clips in the game, and all the characters have been voiced by the cartoon’s original voice actors. And, speaking of sound, all of the original musical themes have been redone in higher quality.
“DuckTales Remastered” has been rolling out on the market since August 2013. This means that there is almost no platform that this title cannot be found on, varying from PS3 to Xbox 360 and more – there is even a version for Windows Phones. If you have played the original game or its sequel and loved it, it is certain that you’ll like this new version. Even if you belong to a newer generation which is familiar only with the 2017 reboot of the cartoon, give this game a shot – it really is a pleasure to see, hear, and play.