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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. Expand
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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. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Sep 27, 2013
    77
    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. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Sep 8, 2013
    70
    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: 23 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  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. Jan 10, 2017
    10
    Un regalo para los amantes de lo retro y la época de los 8 bits, es una pena que se hagan pocos juegos como este. A destacar los gráficos muyUn regalo para los amantes de lo retro y la época de los 8 bits, es una pena que se hagan pocos juegos como este. A destacar los gráficos muy bonitos y coloridos, su jugabilidad clásica y una banda sonora espectacular, lo más negativo es su duración pero es un juego muy rejugable. Un juego ideal y muy recomendable para los amantes de las plataformas clásicas. Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2013
    9
    A classic is reborn with Ducktails Remastered! Amazing hand drawn animations, killer voice acting that brings you back to the experience asA classic is reborn with Ducktails Remastered! Amazing hand drawn animations, killer voice acting that brings you back to the experience as if you were living in the 90's again, watching a brand new episode of the show, and knowing the fact that the original voice cast came back, makes this game even sweeter! The game is coated with classic challenges similar to the original NES version and music that matches up well to it's predecessor. The ONLY thing that put this game at a halt was the fact that the cut scenes are really over done. First time around, they're okay, and fun to watch, but second time knowing you need to skip each one over and over really kills it fast. While it's a minor problem, the game is solid beyond expectations. Capcom, Disney, thank you, and a special thank you to WayForward games! Expand
  4. Aug 18, 2013
    8
    Duck Tales on the NES was one of my favorite platform games of all time. It's still a game that I go back to and play periodically. Thus, theDuck Tales on the NES was one of my favorite platform games of all time. It's still a game that I go back to and play periodically. Thus, the remastered version was a huge deal for me and one of my most anticipated titles of 2013. That said, my love of the original is so fierce that I was also worried that they would soil my memories, after all, we all saw the dreadful mess that was the Turtles in Time: Reshelled game. However, my fears were quickly sidelined because Duck Tales Remastered is awesome. The graphics are unbelievably charming, the soundtrack is one of the best ever written (but then it always was) and the controls are as tight as they ever were. There are a lot of great new additions to the game, too. First up, there is the new story component. This is a lot of fun, especially as it's voiced by the animation's original cast. It's just great to hear Scrooge McDuck in his full glory again! Then there are the reworked boss battles. The original game's encounters were fun but incredibly simple. This time around, they all have more than one attack routine and come at you much harder. They're a lot more fun as a result. There are one or two minor problems that prevent this game from being perfect, however. First up is the new system of having to collect items that are strewn around the maps before you can proceed to the boss. I can see that is done to lengthen the overall playtime, but it also limits exploration. In the original, finding secrets and little hidden nooks and crannies was a real pleasure. But in this version, the game forces you to go to all of those places anyway and it's not really exploring if you're directly sent there on an errand, is it? Then there is the huge difficulty spike that represents the last section of the game. The final escape sequence really feels unbalanced compared to the rest of the game. Overall, however, Duck Tales Remastered is a gorgeous, funny and nostalgic old-school plaformer with high playability and charm galore. So... Justice done to a true classic, I would say. 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. May 12, 2018
    7
    In my eyes a game should bring some pleasure and reasonable way of actually using it.
    As far as graphics is totally fine and definitely in
    In my eyes a game should bring some pleasure and reasonable way of actually using it.
    As far as graphics is totally fine and definitely in the old-fashion theme, controls are a little bit irritating.
    The game itself is not much difficult most of the time, even on hard. There are some parts, though, to be very careful about.
    My biggest complain to the game is that failing the hardest parts located in the last chapter force you to replay the whole chapter on hard level, again and again. I simply don't like it.
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  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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