Disney DuckTales: Remastered
Life is like a Hurricane… once again.
By WayForward Technologies
Available for PC, PS3, XBOX 360 & Wii U
Rated ‘Everyone’ by ESRB
Let me start off by saying I was a fan of the show Ducktales when I was growing up. I was also fortunate to discover and play through Capcom’s Ducktales for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System); which this is a remaster of.
The graphics in this game use beautifully hand drawn 2D characters. The environments and objects, however, are done in equally beautiful 3D. These two styles mesh really well together. I really enjoyed seeing one of my childhood memories re-envisioned in this way.
The music in this game, which was remixed by Jake Kaufman (aka “Virt”) is so well re-created, I want the soundtrack outside of the game, so I can listen to my favorite tracks whenever. You can also unlock the classic 8-bit music from the NES version and listen to these tracks as you play through the remastered levels, which was a nice bonus.
WayForward added story elements into this version complete with a lot of the original voice actors from the show including Alan Young, who did the voice of Scrooge. For me, I thought this was a nice touch, but I found myself skipping the majority of the cut scenes because the plot in a game like this just isn’t thick enough for my taste. The cut scenes that are solely a nuisance are the ones that pointlessly play out after you collect an item. In the newer patched version, however, there’s an option under the menu that allows you to skip all of the cutscenes (Props to WayForward for this).
The feature this game focuses on the most is its great gameplay, which it faithfully recreates from its NES ancestor. I enjoyed this game so much that I played through it on medium, hard & extreme. I will rarely play through a game on multiple difficulties, but this one was worth it. I say this because not only was it fun, but the harder the difficulty you play, the more money you can potentially make for the store, thus allowing access to the worthwhile music and art “unlockables.”
The 4 different difficulties (easy, medium, hard & extreme) tweak certain things in the game. The easy difficulty will provide you with a map to all the levels and give you infinite lives, while the extreme difficulty starts you with no map, 2 lives and you must push directional down and the cane button to use the pogo jump (Ala the NES version), instead of just pressing the cane button.
Due to the short length of the game, you should be able to beat it in less than 2 hours, but there’s a lot more to come back to here. I would’ve liked to see the NES version included alongside this, but my guess is there were licensing issues.
To wrap this up, this game has been out for online download for about 2 months, but now it is available to own on disc for PS3, XBOX 360 and Wii U. I recommend buying this one for you or your kids; or both. You can buy it for $15 on Steam, PSN and XBOX Live Arcade, or buy it on disc in stores for $20, which is worth the extra $5 just to own a tangible copy.
OVERALL RATING 9.0 out of 10