COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: DuckTales Review

Created: 08/13/2013 11:06 AM By: Aaron Chalich

Back in the early 90s I was a huge fan of the cartoon “DuckTales” and one of my favorite games at the time for the NES was Capcom’s “DuckTales.”  I used to play it every chance I could.

When I heard that Capcom was remastering “DuckTales,” I was very excited and flashbacks of my childhood came back to me. 
WayForward took the classic NES game, redrew all of the characters from the game and they created brand new animated scenes to enhance the story.  Plus, they redid all of the backgrounds and made them look amazing.  I can’t believe it’s the same game. 

All of the levels in “DuckTales” are laid out the same. They have the same characters, enemies and items which are placed in pretty much the same location as in the NES version. 

The end bosses are the same as the NES version and they all look amazing, plus, they have some new attacks that you must learn how to dodge.

As soon as the game loaded and the classic “DuckTales” themed started playing I was hit with a ton of great memories and I knew I was in for a treat. 

Another really awesome thing about “DuckTales Remastered” is that all of the original voice actors that did the voices on the show and original game were brought back to do the voices.

I really liked that there are a lot characters from the “DuckTales” cartoon that have cameos in the game.  Some of the characters are Launchpad, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Gizmo and the Beagle Boys. 
The story is pretty simple.  You play as Scrooge McDuck and you travel all over the world looking for ancient treasure.  There are five levels and you can choose any of the five to play in any order.  There is the Amazon, Transylvania, the Himalayas, African Mines and the Moon.
Your goal is to try and find as many gems that you can in each level as well as finding the legendary treasure.

In each level there are items that you must find in order to gain access to the boss that has the treasure.  If you press the “start” button you can access a map and see where you need to go to find the items.  For instance in the Amazon, you must find eight medallions.  If you press start, you can see dots on the map as the locations you need to go for the medallion. 
There are also different power ups and items that you can find in each level.  They are usually hidden in chests or can be found by jumping at certain locations.  They will just appear and drop to the ground so you pretty much have to jump all over the level to find them.

You start out with three hearts and you can find other heart containers that increase your health hidden in some of the levels.  The nice thing is that when you find them and complete a level you permanently have the extra health.  If you lose health, you can find ice cream cones (refills one heart) and cakes (refills all hearts) also hidden in the levels. 
There are gems scattered all over each level and you want to try to collect as many as you can.  You can use the money from the gems to unlock different things in the game and I will talk about that in a little bit. 
There are also medallions that will make you invincible for a short time.

If you find Mrs. Beakley hidden in each level, she will give you a 1-up, cake and some gems. So, it’s fun to try and find her. 
The controls for “DuckTales Remastered” are very simple.  You basically have two buttons.  One button you use to jump and the other is to do Scrooge’s pogo bounce.  If you walk over to an object like a rock you can push over and the attack button and you will swing your cane like a golf club.  This is helpful when you need to knock down treasure chests that are high. 
You can attack enemies by bouncing on them with your pogo attack.  However, there are some enemies that you need to do the cane swing attack to defeat. 
Before you choose what level you want to play, you can do a few different things.  You can dive into Scrooge’s money vault and see how much money you have found in the levels.  You can also go to an extras menu where you can unlock art and music from the game.  You use the gems that you found in each level to unlock the art. 
Overall, I really enjoyed Capcom’s “DuckTales Remastered” a lot.  They took a game that was already great and made it better.  I really liked all of the new animated scenes that told more of the story and I really liked how amazing the game looked.  I know that fans of the original will be blown away.  I know I was.  This is definitely a game to check out.