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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: 23 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Aug 12, 2013
    90
    If you’re looking for a fun, maddening, and nostalgic romp through your 1980s childhood, DuckTales: Remastered fits that bill.
  2. Aug 27, 2013
    88
    Without a doubt, the best thing about this remake is its presentation, which has been carefully crafted. We feel completely satisfied about the way the developer managed the difficulty of the game: the last level of the remake was more demanding than any of the original levels.
  3. Aug 12, 2013
    85
    The cutscenes are a bit too lengthy and tedious at times, but this is the only downside to DuckTales: Remastered. This is a remake that will go down well with old and new players alike, and gives you a feel-good vibe through carefully executed gameplay, stunning visuals and up-beat music. Getting a better score and unlocking new concept art will make sure you'll replay every segment over and over.
  4. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    DuckTales Remastered makes some minor missteps in the attempt to revive one of the greatest NES games of all time, but then again, the latter is a pretty tough act to follow. Mechanically, the game holds up great, and I had a smile on my face nearly the entire time. So long as you can overlook a few fundamental issues, old and new fans alike shouldn't miss re-experiencing this lovingly crafted classic.
  5. Aug 16, 2013
    72
    WayForward set out to revitalize the Capcom NES hit from nearly twenty-five years ago and I believe they succeeded. That doesn't mean Ducktales Remastered is the greatest platformer of all time or that it doesn't have it's own gripes, but for anyone that has fond memories of the TV show, original game, or 90s platforming, this is good buy.
  6. Aug 27, 2013
    70
    DuckTales: Remastered is a renovated and revitalised golden child which when all is said and done shows its age regardless of the effort imparted to hide such truths.
  7. Sep 23, 2013
    40
    Hasn't soured our memories of the original completely. [Issue#139, p.114]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 14, 2013
    10
    This game does exactly what it aimed to do: Recreate a classic game with a more modern look and make it feel a bit like an episode of the TV show. It does that well, with great remixes of the original music, most of the original voice actors from the show making the cutscenes worth watching, and an odd but effective art style combining visuals like the TV show with 3Dish elements.

    To those complaining about haivng lives or losing progress: All old games were like this. This is a remake of an old game. Having no lives etc. takes away the sense of accomplisment in my opinion. If having lives bothers you, then you can play on Easy mode which has unlimited lives. Only Extreme mode, which you have to beat the game on Hard to access, has limited lives with no saving progress. That's why it's called "Extreme." You know what you're getting into when you pick that. You are warned ahead of time that this will be the case.

    The lower and negative reviews on this game are mostly excessive nitpicking. I enjoyed the game the whole way through, and the gallery with animation cells from the TV show and all the original music was a nice reward for the effort.. To those who gave this a 5/50 or below: do you have any fun playing any video games? People are expecting a remake of a classic to be more than what it's being billed as, I guess that's what set them up for disappointment. The problem is, it wasn't trying to be anything other than it said it was going to be.

    If you like classic, side-scrolling action, than this is definitely a game worth playing. Not real long, but a decent challenge level and simply fun to play. Having lives and risk of failiure just makes it more satisfying when you win.
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  2. Sep 21, 2013
    10
    Great Controls, vivid, sharp Graphics and hands down one of the best (remastered) Soundtracks ive heard in a long time...especially the Transylvania one...for someone who still enjoys Part 1+2 on GB and NES, this Version did match all expectanions...even the Storyline was a nice Plus! So 10 out of 10 for DuckTales Remastered... Expand
  3. Jul 31, 2014
    9
    Awesome Game, and very well done played it through each difficulty twice. and I still can't find all the Heart Containers! Best Nostalgic remake Since Earthworm Jim HD! Expand
  4. Sep 16, 2013
    8
    Have to say never playing the original NES game this game is pretty damn good. It is a bit on the short side but just for $15 dollars it's worth every penny. The game is quite difficult as well even on medium but it supposed to be because it plays like an old school. So if you want a cheap game that packs ton of nostalgia, having the original DuckTales voice actors from the show in the game, then it's worth paying for and playing. Expand
  5. Sep 13, 2013
    7
    The problem of this remaster is that, while the level design is still top notch, some of the other game play design were not updated. The whole concept of lives and if you lose all lives you lose everything is literally outdated! I've always been against the concept of losing all progress and this game just does that, unfortunately! What was once the "standard" in platforming games back then was never a good one to begin with! Way Forward should have made the game more forgiving and allow some sort of check points and keep the diamonds you've accumulated until you lose all your lives.

    The game encourages you to meticulously search the stages for treasures, but punishes you with cheap one hit kills that can ruin your harvest! Any developers should reward you for playing their games, not frustrate you by making the time you've played obsolete!

    Initially, I was going to give this game an 8.5, but the ending sequence ruined the game for me. Aside from the fiasco that is the final stage and the points mentioned above, the game has been remastered to perfection! Too bad Way Forward took some weird liberties with the final stage. Their efforts should have been spent elsewhere!
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  6. Jul 26, 2014
    7
    A sweet attempt to try and bring Duck Tales to HD, the concepts are still the old ways. This game runs off lives, and the gameplay itself is very much outdated. The most annoying part of this game one all lives are gone you actually do fall back to the home screen. This actually does make it very hard to progress and unlock achievements. The game itself runs off 3 buttons: the analog/D-pad, jump, and pogo stick. My big disappointment is that they didn't update with options to change the controls. I would like to make the pogo stick work with RT, but the game doesn't give those types of options. You in fact have to press start and click on the option just to skip the major long cut scenes. I want to like this game with it's retro style, rocking soundtrack and voice acting, and fresh toned graphics, but all the outdated mechanics take away some of the enjoyment. Expand
  7. Sep 13, 2013
    5
    The updated graphics and dedicated button for pogo cane aren't enough to cover up the fact that this game is boring. Ducktales should have either stuck to its retro roots like mega 9 or conjured up something fresh and innovative the cutscenes suck! They hinder gameplay even though they can be skipped. I'm a huge ducktales fan and this is a generous pity 5. Expand

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