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  • Summary: DuckTales Remastered has seen the development team take the levels and layout from the original 1989 release as a foundation before expanding upon them to significantly enhance the gameplay experience but where this update truly impresses is its graphics and sound. All of the visuals fromDuckTales Remastered has seen the development team take the levels and layout from the original 1989 release as a foundation before expanding upon them to significantly enhance the gameplay experience but where this update truly impresses is its graphics and sound. All of the visuals from the 8-bit game have been beautifully re-created as hand-drawn and animated sprites, across a backdrop of luscious, re-envisioned level backgrounds. Furthermore, original Disney Character Voices talent, including some from the cartoon TV series, bring in-game characters to life with charm and wit, while the classic melodies of the original soundtrack are given a modern twist. Collapse
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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. A HD remake created with TLC, but it’s still brutally difficult. Argh! [October 2013, p83]
  6. 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.
  7. Aug 12, 2013
    45
    A shallow reimagining of the classic adventure that fails to justify its existence in the modern era.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. 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 gameAnything 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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  2. Aug 14, 2013
    10
    Even better than I remembered it. The same platforming genius, the same mechanics, the same music, simply with better sprites. The added storyEven better than I remembered it. The same platforming genius, the same mechanics, the same music, simply with better sprites. The added story elements, all done in the style of the TV show with even some of the same voice actors, shows that this game was remade with love. Highly recommended for old school awesomeness. Expand
  3. 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"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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  4. Aug 19, 2013
    8
    This game was my first NES title as a kid in the late 80's and it's held up pretty well over the years. Ducktales Remastered remains faithfulThis game was my first NES title as a kid in the late 80's and it's held up pretty well over the years. Ducktales Remastered remains faithful to the original for the most part. Scrooges' jumping and attack moves remain the same, and control like they did on the NES version. The levels themselves have had an HD facelift though and look great. They will be instantly familiar and fresh at the same time to veterans of the game. Each level has a few new elements that make this game a little challenging than the original, but I won't spoil them for anyone. The music and voice acting is great, as virtually all of the original voice actors are back. The gameplay is classic, old school platforming, as you have to time your jumps and attacks perfectly. The only complaints I have are the constant cut scenes, and the sometimes, but not often, unresponsive controls. For $15, it's a great downloadable game that you'll probably get a few play throughs out of. Solid 8/10. Expand
  5. Dec 2, 2013
    8
    During the 8/16 bit generation, Capcom were in their prime with 2-D platformers. Many people are familiar with their famous Megaman series butDuring the 8/16 bit generation, Capcom were in their prime with 2-D platformers. Many people are familiar with their famous Megaman series but many people look past their fantastic Disney platformers. Capcom has established a phenomenal war chest of excellent platformers in direr need of
    an HD remake. But that time has finally come with Ducktales Remastered, an HD remake of the NES
    classic based off the TV series of the same name.

    Unlike many HD remakes, this game abandons the idea of a 2.5D platformer in favor of a beautiful hand drawn 2-D art style similar to the Paper Mario series. The art style and voice acting from the original cast of the TV series, gives this game a Saturday morning cartoon feel. To accompany the new look comes an amazing soundtrack along with an 8 bit rendering of the show's theme during the main menu as well as the original 8-bit soundtrack unlocked upon completing the game.

    The story keeps the same plot as the original game. Scrooge McDuck finds a treasure map (after a quick introduction level completely new to this game) and must find five treasures across the world to make him an even wealthier duck than he already is. (When you have a money bin filled with coins that you can swim its hard to believe anyone can ask for more) Many of the levels remain the same as the original, from the jungles of the Amazon to the vast and colorful Moon. Throughout each level, you are asked to collect certain pieces to complete a puzzle before moving on to the treasure as well as a boss fight. Exploring through the world looking for pieces to open the next door, gives this game a classic Metroid feeling. Each also containing their own different variety of enemies, from hockey players shooting ice blocks at you to Robo-Ducks charging in for a punch.

    The difficulty remains the same as well as the controls. One minor change is the pogo jump has been
    shortcutted to a single button so the player won't have to press down along with the button anymore. (If you prefer the original controls, it can be changed in the pause menu) But aside from that, you will still be jumping on enemies heads with your trusty cane, swinging at rocks and barrels, and jumping into secret areas in search of heart containers, treasures, and gems, which you can use to buy concept art from the game as well as the show. As for the difficulty, be sure to manage your lives and to be checking on your health meter because if your not too careful you'll game over pretty quickly. When you learn to time your jumps and be aware of your surroundings, you get by in a breeze. There is also an “Extreme” difficulty mode after you've beaten the game on Hard that will start the game over completely if you lose all of your lives (Yes beginning from the tutorial, as if you've never started “Extreme” at all)

    But alas with only six levels in total, the main game is too short. If you've played a Ducktales game before, you may just fly right through it. This leaves the game with very little replay value. My only other issue with this game, is that there are now cutscenes within the game. Yes, I'm super glad that the original voice-actors got to be in the game and take the voice of their respective character but the cutscenes seemed way too frequent and sometimes not even necessary at all. But this are nip picks compared to an great remake of a classic game.

    In the end, I enjoyed this game the whole way through. It's a fun and colorful game filled with charm. Compared to the dark and gritty games of today, it was a nice game to sit down with. I had a smile on my face from the start screen, straight through the end as the credits rolled, humming the show's theme song the whole way through. And for 15 bucks, how could anyone say no? Fans of modern platformers can expect a simple lighthearted experience, but gamers who grew up in Duckburg shouldn't miss out on this gem.
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  6. 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 betweenThis 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. Expand
  7. Oct 23, 2013
    2
    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"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! Expand

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