Ducktales! WOOOHOO! Disney is finally giving us the game we have been asking for. Yes, this is THE Ducktales that we are talking about, a remake of the classic Capcom NES title that brought us that swanky moon music. Does the game withstand the test of time? We looked for answers to this question at E3 2013.
First of all, know that the gameplay of Ducktales Remastered hasn’t been changed at all. Scrooge McDuck has one way to attack enemies, his cane. He can swing it like a golf club which can also move rocks and other items that are blocking your path, or he can hop around on it like a pogo stick, which not only increases his move speed but makes him deadly to any enemies he lands on.
Ducktales Remastered is done by Wayforward, the same people who made Double Dragon Neon, Adventure Time, and the only good Bloodrayne game, Bloodrayne Betrayal. It feels like a Wayforward game, smooth and fluid and resembling a playable cartoon. Scrooge McDuck isn’t nearly as stiff as he was in the original NES version of the game, but this is a double edged sword. On one hand, it makes platforming a bit harder, but on the other hand it actually makes the game’s pacing feel modernized. It’s a bit of give and take.
If you played through the original NES Ducktales, you will notice that Ducktales Remastered feels rather familiar. This is because the level layouts are essentially exactly the same as the NES version. On the upside, this means that the game is a gigantic nostalgia injection going directly into your veins, and is going to make any fans of the original squeal with delight. However, any fanatic that has memorized the layout of the original NES stages might find that the game offers little new. You do have to collect a number of treasures before beating a level this time around, which forces you to explore levels more thoroughly, but even this can get old.
Ducktales Remastered’s best quality is its graphics. The sprites of the NES have been totally replaced with high definition animated cells. It really does look like the old school cartoon we all watched on The Disney Afternoon.
However, when all is said and done the game is a bit of a conundrum. It’s classic gaming at its best, and it’s essentially what fans of the original have been asking for all this time. However, it doesn’t add enough new gameplay elements to really feel like a new game. It’s essentially just an HD remake, which is cool, but will only appeal to a limited group of people. Still, this group is anyone who has ever played or watched Ducktales, and that’s a pretty big group.
Ducktales Remastered is expected to release on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 later this year.