Capcom and Disney have teamed up to bring back a blast from the past by remastering the beloved 1989 NES game DuckTales. Capcom’s description of the game: DuckTales: Remastered is a hand-crafted, beautiful re-imagining of one of the most cherished 8-bit titles of all time. Go back to one of the golden ages of gaming, but now refined with a level of detail that will please the most hardened devoted Disney or retro Capcom fan, alike. Featuring hand-drawn animated sprites, authentic Disney character voices talent and richly painted level backgrounds from the classic cartoon TV series, Scrooge McDuck and family come to life-like never before. The gameplay retains the authenticity of its 8-bit predecessor, simple and fun, with slight modifications to improve gameplay flow and design. Embark on an authentic DuckTales adventure, as Scrooge McDuck and his three nephews; Huey, Dewey and Louie travel to exotic locations throughout the world in their quest to retrieve the five Legendary Treasures.
Now let’s be honest here, this is a remastering of a NES platform game from 1989. So it pretty much plays like an old NES platform game. While this is a much shinier version of the game it’s not reinventing the wheel here folks. If you are a fan of classic platform games, NES games or a fan of the original animated show then you are going to love this game. This is a short but very sweet game. Sure their is repetitive gameplay levels and there are only five levels to the game that will last you a few hours but there is something about this game that just works. I admit part of that is nostalgic charm but I am a firm believer of sometime a simple game are far more satisfying than an epic multi million dollar blowout fiesta. While the visuals of the game are razor-sharp they still retain their 8bit roots of there 2D world. The music is a throwback time when there was only 5 channel sound but the big change form the original version is the inclusion of voice actors for the dialog. This is a great touch to this game and add a nice layer to the gameplay that was impossible to do with the original NES hardware. There are new extras included with multiple difficulty levels, hardcore-baiting achievements, unlockable concept art, sketches, music, and more. The one extra that I would have love to have seen was to have the original 8bit game as a playable version. It would have been a really nice bonus to get after playing the remastered version.
This review is of the PS3 version of the game. I am guessing that it should be the same on the other platforms that it’s available on.
So is it worth your time and money. If you are a fan of 8bit platform games then yes. The other great thing is that this is a great family game that will entertain kids of any age. If you are looking for some major epic game then move along. The remastered DuckTales is like taking a trip back in time but with great remastered visuals and sound. If that is you cup of tea then this game is for you.
DuckTales is available now on PS3, WiiU, Steam and coming soon to Xbox