Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Aug 16, 2013
    90
    Some people may dismiss Duck Tales Remastered simply because they lack nostalgic memories of the NES original. That however, is a big mistake because this is a game that can stand on its own two feet and the developers have only used the nostalgic hook simply because they love Duck Tales. The result is a great platformer that plays and feels just as good as it did in 1989.
  2. Aug 16, 2013
    90
    Your inner kid wants you to play this game. Do it for them. You will not be disappointed.
  3. Aug 12, 2013
    90
    Though DuckTales Remastered might not live up to its esteemed precursor in every single regard, it surpasses it in others, and ends up incredibly fun on the whole.
  4. Aug 11, 2013
    88
    DuckTales offers the best platformer gameplay that existed in the late 80s. WayForward has done a flawless XXI century update to a great classic from Capcom's golden age. The game is also closer to the original animated series in a surprising way.
  5. Aug 15, 2013
    86
    Sure, a few things are different and a bit more involved and embellished than before, but it's lovely overall. If someone already has more than a passing interest in DuckTales, then DuckTales Remastered will satisfy their needs.
  6. Aug 28, 2013
    85
    The return of DuckTales has succeeded. This remake features slick graphics and old-school gameplay, making for a great PlayStation Network title.
  7. 85
    DuckTales remastered is old-school platforming at its best, doing justice to the original while adding gorgeous visuals and extra content into the mix for good measure.
  8. Sep 16, 2013
    80
    The game is short, but its price is corresponding to that so there is no reason not to try it.
  9. Aug 28, 2013
    80
    Capcom could have played it lazy for this Remake of Duck Tales, but the Japanese studio instead decided to pay tribute to one of it's most mythic games of the Famicom Era, by bringing us this fully reimagined version of the game. Sure, some things haven't changed like the gameplay or the levels that made its success, but the work on the visuals is such a bliss, and the new content surely enough too keep you entertained, even 20 years after the first dip in that adventure which left us so many memories. And for the younger players, it's the right time to discover an excellent platformer game.
  10. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Ducktales Remastered is clearly made with care and considerable skill, but it might actually have a little too much in love for its source material. It looks and sounds great, but the huge effort spent to tell a story in the same voice as the TV show gives it the unbalanced feel of a fan project.
  11. Aug 12, 2013
    80
    Not only an honest tribute to the classic Capcom game, but also a sincere love letter to Disney's original TV series.
  12. Aug 12, 2013
    80
    WayForward have found that magical Pixar-esque sweet spot of humour that will appeal to both adults and kids. This an absolute triumph of a remake, it’s just a shame the game can be over so quickly.
  13. Aug 12, 2013
    80
    DuckTales has challenging moments without ever demoralizing the player; my palms were sweaty by the time the credits rolled.
  14. Aug 11, 2013
    80
    A great game and a better remake, but still as short as the original.
  15. Aug 14, 2013
    79
    A fantastic remastered edition of the mega classic NES platformer. WayForward demonstrates once again they are one of the top studios in the 2D field.
  16. Seven. Seven times we sat through the entire opening sequence, whistling the Ducktales theme song along like a deranged school boy, before pressing the start button. But that doesn't mean we also want to sit through the boring new cut scenes in this remake. [September p.92]
  17. Aug 14, 2013
    72
    You’ll see that at WayForward there are some Duck Tales fans at work. From animations to remixes of the original soundtrack this jump&run delivers retro feeling. More puzzles, abilities or contemporary ideas would work wonders though.
  18. Aug 15, 2013
    71
    Just one big mistake away from being a great remake...
  19. A HD remake created with TLC, but it’s still brutally difficult. Argh! [October 2013, p83]
  20. Sep 6, 2013
    70
    Nostalgic feelings aside, the Remastered edition of Duck Tales is a truly enjoyable platformer ideal for young and older gamers.
  21. Sep 3, 2013
    70
    Nostalgia can only take you so far as DuckTales: Remastered proves. I appreciate the homage to a NES Classic but games have moved so far beyond this simple structure that it's more frustration than fascination at this point.
  22. 70
    Fans of the cartoon and original game will love all of the improvements and visuals, and will most likely embrace the nostalgia. Everyone else will have fun and then move on.
  23. Aug 12, 2013
    70
    A worthy purchase for those who have experience with the original and are looking for a nostalgia rush. Just temper your expectations, because DuckTales simply isn’t as good as you probably remember.
  24. Although Scrooge’s pogo-stick jump is a tad unresponsive, this is a handsome, crisp platformer that occasionally makes me happier than a duck doing backstroke in a giant bin full of bullion. Well, in-between doing all the swears.
  25. Aug 19, 2013
    65
    Ducktales: Remastered is a nostalgic title for those who miss tactical platform games, although it lacks the variety of mechanics that a gamer of the 21st century would expect. Even though, it is a well executed overhaul of an 80's game.
  26. Sep 10, 2013
    60
    Duck Tales Remastered is for the most part very much like the original. The graphics have been updated and so has the audio quality. The controls and level design are still the same which is both positive as well as negative. They hold up somewhat but feel mostly old and trite. Which makes Duck Tales Remastered a game foremost for those nostalgic and prepared for a lot of frustration.
  27. Sep 1, 2013
    60
    The original release may not be as good as you remember it, but DuckTales: Remastered is an affectionate rendition that will be sure to pluck at your nostalgic heart strings. For those without a reference point, this may feel like a pretty but archaic platformer, but if you can get past the obtrusive cut-scenes, fans of the NES classic shouldn’t think twice about giving this a quack.
  28. Aug 20, 2013
    60
    By the time I finished DuckTales Remastered, I felt like I had both a pleasant and hollow experience.
  29. Aug 19, 2013
    60
    That’s the gist of it really. Ducktales Remastered looks great and sounds great, but at the end of the day, it’s tired and repetitive. Does it color my perception of the older classic? Not in the least. But it will make me wary in the future, when a developer trudges out an old memory in new clothing, whispering the sweet siren’s call in my ear, telling me it will all feel the same. It might, sure, but it rarely ever does.
  30. Aug 16, 2013
    60
    With DuckTales Remastered, Wayforward attempted to balance authenticity and nostalgia with trying to offer an original experience. The end result feels somewhat confused, getting pulled in both directions at once without ever settling on one or the other.
  31. Aug 12, 2013
    45
    A shallow reimagining of the classic adventure that fails to justify its existence in the modern era.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Aug 13, 2013
    9
    Ignore the "critic" reviews. This game is a gem to anyone who played and was a fan of the original "DuckTales" on the NES. Most the "critic" reviews come from people who are 18-24 years old and didn't grow up with the game. Most complain about "corny" jokes, bad controls and a simple storyline, guess what? That was DuckTales!

    As far as gameplay, it's exactly like the original but really nails the core mechanics of the game while also introducing the player to a true DuckTales story line. It handles the EXACT same way as the original game, so don't expect to use the joystick to maneuver yourself. The game is actually challenging offering only four hearts/3 lives per stage. If you die, you go back to the map selection screen.

    Overall for $15, this game is worth it. Buy it.
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  2. Aug 15, 2013
    10
    Anything lower than a 7 for this game is rubbish. It's absolutely gorgeous, the music is wonders to the ears, and most importantly, this game is a fun platformer!

    If you grew up with 8-bit games, you'll know what it's like to have a life system that means restarting a level from scratch. This game has one of those systems. There are no checkpoints. As soon as you run out of lives it's back to the beginning of the stage. It's challenging, but can also be frustrating when you've nearly completed a stage only to restart from the beginning.

    The game is an enjoyable improvement over the original thanks to the new inclusion of cutscenes and developed story. By the time you get to the final boss it feels like you've actually been on an adventure, and one that feels like an actual episode of Ducktales. However, dialogue can interrupt the game a tad too much, resulting in you skipping cutscenes constantly on you're second and third playthroughs.

    Replayablity wise, you can unlock character art, sketches, music etc and a Hard and Extreme mode for those who want to get the most out of the game. Completion wise it took me 4 hours straight to complete on my first run.

    If you like old school platformers, the original 8-bit game, or Ducktales in general you will absolutely love this game. That Gamespot review/score is pure rubbish.
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  3. Aug 13, 2013
    7
    This game was a Nintendo classic. For all the negative people out there please remember this game has a core audience. That is people between the ages of 25 to 40. If you were alive in the 80 you probably remember the show, and this game is about as faithful tot he show as you can get. the graphics are crisp and very Disney, the sound track as amazing as ever, yes it may not be super hard or ground breaking, but this game was not meant to be that. It is a tribute tot he fans who remember picking up a game to completion on the NES in an hour or two. Full Review »