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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 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. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Aug 16, 2013
    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
    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
    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: 23 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Aug 14, 2013
    Even 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
  2. Aug 15, 2013
    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.
  3. Sep 1, 2013
    [From The Global Marketeer]

    Musical earbugs and great TV shows aside, DuckTales is best remembered as a 1989/1990 video game developed and
    published by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Gameboy. Known for its five expansive levels, Nintendo Hard difficultly, and legendary soundtrack, the game was a smash hit and received great reception at the time, such as from video game magazines Electronic Gaming Monthly and Mean Machines.

    Nearly 24 years later, the game returns in the form of a remaster by WayForward Technologies; a hi-def polishing of the music, environment, and sprites; as well as adding new things such as cutscenes done by the original TV voice cast, unlockable concept art, and redesigned levels made for the current generation of consoles/PCs. The game’s download size, less than a gigabyte across the board, makes it a quick and easy download to your gaming system, regardless of platform.

    The first recognizable addition to the remaster of DuckTales is the introduction level that takes place in Duckburg mansion, under siege by the Beagle Boys. Through this level, WayForward does a good job at explaining the backstory behind the video game as opposed to the original, which left it up to the player to formulate.

    The plot mediates on a race between the Ducks and the Beagles to obtain various pieces of treasure. At first; it seems logical, but then the story begins to drift and eventually form holes when the Beagle Boys were nowhere to be found on levels such as The Amazon or in the African Mines, yet plentiful on The Moon and in Transylvania.

    Nonetheless, the cutscenes are almost always appreciated the first time around. After that, however, it would really help to have a “press X” to skip option instead of having to go to the pause screen every time thereafter.

    DuckTales’ noted difficulty setting is one of spectacle; the ‘medium’ difficulty system is probably not what you expect, depending on how much AAA games you might play. Instead of simplifying the game to cater to a more casual audience, its difficulty is roughly the same as the original (and NES games in general); that is, each setting is arguably a step ahead of today’s games. For the medium setting, it’s three hits and you’re dead, two deaths and the level resets (not counting pickups).

    There is a lot of trial and error and the game could easily be likened to Dark Souls or Winnie The Pooh’s Home Run Derby. Despite this, the game is for the most part fair, although in some sections (such as the mine shaft section in African Mines) it can be a brutally difficult experience by not letting you go left enough, plunging you to your death even after all of that hard work you spent getting that far.

    The game’s treasures (both in the literal sense and the figurative sense) are scattered throughout the level, and it pays off to explore every crevice available to you in the game and then some. It is even possible to obtain an extra bar of life (or two), depending on where you search.

    The sound design of this game is outstanding. From the background music of The Moon and The Amazon, to the climbing of ropes, to even hitting a block with your pogo stick, it all sounds spectacular. Although the age starts to show in the voice cast, they perform their lines faithfully and with the same DuckTales flair as the TV show.

    Despite minor flickering issues, the game plays fine on the PC and has never crashed on me. It’s what a Day 1 purchase should play like, as opposed to a Bethesda-like assortment of glitches and bugs. The enemy AI isn’t wonky and, spiders aside, all of them are easy to deal with or to get past.

    DuckTales is a flawed gem with a lovable cast and a forgettable story. The latter is made up by a good soundtrack and good gameplay, and experienced gamers shouldn’t be too conspicuous about this title. It’s a challenge, but a very rewarding one. In that regard, it’s a great game and definitely worth the $15 (or less) retail price.
  4. Aug 13, 2013
    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.
  5. Aug 14, 2013
    DuckTales Remastered is as enjoyable as the past version from the nes.
    Now there's definitely been some changes made to "improve" this
    version from the original. It comes to a point where i can say the most appealing point made to the game are the graphics filled with "rich", and "colorful backgrounds" that can put a smile just as you start playing the actual game,
    aside from that there's the obvious and bast improvement of the original music that brings memories to my heart like if it was something much more "magical" and "vivid" than what the actual game superficially speaking truly is.
    The game also features fully animated cutscenes they aren't as enjoyable as playing the actual game though, it never ceases to amaze me how pointless and unnecessary the cutscenes of this game were,
    they didn't add any context whatsoever even then they happen to be constantly interfering with the game flow at it's entirety.
    Jumping and falling happen in this game quite often i found myself exploring the bast world that was presented through me using all the past methods that i mention only to find out that jumping in this game can kill me several times this is caused by the lack of realization of the game that tells you what button are you pushing.
    Aside from that the story isn't really the strong point of the game as i said before, non the less i loved quite a bit the experience that DuckTales Remastered had to offered, the music and the art style that the game designers chose to adapt to these games is impressive it never ceases to amaze how couldn't they notice the huge trouble that often cutscenes without any sort of meaning represented.
    Aside from that i love DuckTales Remastered i think is a great remake of the original and despite it's problems is quite fun to actually play the game.
  6. Aug 14, 2013
    While DuckTales Remastered doesn't deliver anything your standard platformer doesn't, it's a great and nostalgic journey back to the game as it was before, with extra twists in forms of new stage designs, new boss strategies and remastered music (it still has that '8-bit-ish' chiptune sound).

    With redrawn sprites and 3D environment, the old stages are brought back to life with great attention to detail, and the new animations for Scrooge in particular are quite honestly adorable. The stages are revamped in more difficult manner, and exploration rewards you, for example, with extra heart containers for more health. You really want to go out your way to find these, for the game is actually pretty challenging this time around. For completionists, there are plenty of unlockables and 'Extreme' difficulty to tackle on, which I would suppose would bring challenge to even experienced DuckTales players with even Normal managing to challenge me to an extent.

    Today, DuckTales is obviously aged game. While the new design choices bring new life to the long-lost series, it brings a little to nothing new mechanically. It's still pretty much the game you remember it to be, and it lives to the nostalgic value. Big plus is the fact that while you remember the original stages, you will soon find out that the layout this time around is way different, and the stages can't be breezed through quite as easily.

    It's easy to recommend DuckTales Remastered to players who lived when the originals were around, or simply loved the animated series. The jokes, characters and even the original voice actors are back to deliver you the game DuckTales deserves to be. For newcomers, it's your average indie platformer. Aside from the beautiful sprite animations, there isn't much that stands out. It's still a good idea to consider watching some footage of it, and decide whether the game is for you or not.
  7. Oct 23, 2013
    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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