REVIEW: Ducktales Remastered
A blast from the past beautifully revamped in both its visuals and audio, DuckTales: Remastered is a perfect example on how to remake a classic game whilst keeping everything that made the original so special.
If you were lucky enough to have the original DuckTales on the NES, you’ll most likely agree it was a fantastic action platformer – easily one of the best of its time. The remake builds on the original and adds some amazing new features, such as using some of the voice actors from the animated series of the same name; DuckTales.
These include Alan Young as Scrooge McDuck and June Foray as Magica De Spell. This is especially nice if you’re a fan of the show, but even if you’re not – having some voice acting in a game that had none originally is a much welcomed bonus.
It’s your goal to travel across various locations around the world as Scrooge McDuck in order to increase your already impressive fortune – this is done by collecting valuable items and a bunch of gems. Along the way you’ll encounter the likes of The Beagle Boys, who are practically always getting in your way but are easy enough to take on. More challenging obstacles include Magica De Spell and Flintheart Glomgold.
With five key treasures to collect, you’ll go through five stages (seven if you include the tutorial and final boss), each with a distinct artstyle that’s absolutely stunning to look at. Everything is so sharp and complements that very specific cartoon look that’s perfect for a game such as this. After all, this is a game based on a cartoon show. One moment you’ll be going through the scorching Amazon jungle, then you could be on The Moon. It’s completely non-linear, meaning you can choose which location you travel to in the order you like.
Various differences from the original include four difficulty modes, no time limits, 2 additional stages, bosses with different movement patterns, amongst other changes. It’s fun to recognise the changes if you’ve ever played the original, but if not – go back and play the original to see how the remake has changed.
Your best friend is the cane, it allows you to bounce on enemies (resulting in their death), boost yourself to hard to reach places, and cross dangerous terrain. Along the way you’ll find Heart Containers, which will increase your maximum health upon collection. Another helpful item is the Invincibility Coin, granting you total immunity against enemies and obstacles throughout each stage.
With each stage, you are given access to a map, which points out key locations – in other words, you can look at this if you’re lost and have no idea where to go. This is useful for the casual gamer but it’s much more enjoyable to explore the stages without it as the game is less predictable.
No matter how you play DuckTales: Remastered, you’re guaranteed to have fun. There’s tons of bosses throughout the game, including Big Time Beagle, who can be defeated fairly easy, whilst bosses such as Dracula Duck can prove to be quite challenging if you don’t memorise their strategies. This makes for a healthy combination of easy and tough gameplay.
DuckTales: Remastered is a joy to play, there’s even a gallery in which you can compare old and new graphics, concept arts and such. Each stage offers great platforming mechanics with a nice variation of different enemies and bosses. It’s currently free to download on the PlayStation store, so if you’re a PlayStation Plus member – go get it!
Available On: PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / Windows