DuckTales (Capcom)

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North American NES box.

DuckTales is a platform adventure-action game developed and published by Capcom and first released on the NES in September of 1989, then Game Boy in 1990. The game takes place in the DuckTales universe.

I remember being interested in this game because it was pretty popular in Nintendo advertising, and because I enjoyed the television show. However, nobody I knew owned the game, so I didn't play it at the time. I tried it a few times in emulators, but didn't put much effort into it until around 2010 when I played it properly and found it to be a delightful game.

Status

I do not own the game, but have beaten it on the NES on easy mode.

Review

  • Overall: 6/10
  • Best Version: NES

Good

  • The graphics are fantastic, and accurately depict the various DuckTales characters.
  • A lot of effort was made to include most of the DuckTales imagery, which rarely happens in a tie-in game. The title music is a great rendering of the TV show's theme.
  • Hiroshige Tonomura composed a very nice soundtrack.
  • Despite the game showing up on lists as being one of the easiest NES games on the platform, I think the game offers a pretty good challenge to a new player even on the easiest difficulty. I also like the feature where you can adjust the difficulty, even if it merely alters the player's hit points.
  • Each area has a fair amount of hidden rooms and treasures which adds to the replay value.

Bad

  • With only 5 stages, the game is a bit on the short side. The designers elongate play time by forcing you to go through the same maps multiple times, but this is a cheap trick.
  • The mine cart riding portion is kind of annoying. It requires very accurate timing on a jump, and, if you succeed, Scrooge seems unperturbed at watching his Nephews fall to their death!
  • The difficulty settings don't increase the complexity of the game, they just cause enemies to deal more damage. This is a lazy difficulty setting.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Media

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Documentation

Maps

Videos

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English DuckTales
Japanese わんぱくダック夢冒険 Wanpaku Dakku Yume Boken Naughty Duck's Dream Adventures

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