By Tyler Trombley
Back in 1989, a game that would soon become recognized as the epitome of the 8-bit two-dimensional platform genre was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. I am referring to none other than Disney and Capcom’s masterpiece DuckTales. Featuring simple yet robust gameplay, a memorable soundtrack, and an overall sense of adventure akin to the cartoon on which it’s based, DuckTales is still accepted today as a tried-and-true classic. Then, in early 2013, it was revealed that this timeless gem was getting a complete overhaul, and fans far and wide were brimming with excitement and nostalgia.
Now, having not been born until several years after its release, I never had the chance to play the original DuckTales. However, being the hardcore gamer I am today, I have since seen aforementioned title in action, and can certainly speak for its excellence. With that being said, it is easy to see that many people who experienced the original game could easily be blinded by nostalgia and fail to see shortcomings in this revamped remake. Rest assured, however, that DuckTales: Remastered is far from disappointing. Speaking as a first-time DuckTales player, this is probably the most fun I’ve had with a 2-D platform game since Ubisoft’s Rayman Origins.
I am floored by how much love and attention went into DuckTales: Remastered to make it the best possible remake it could be. The lovingly hand-drawn graphics breathe new life into all the areas ripe for exploration, from the vivid Amazon jungles to the frigid Himalayan mountains. Accompany that with an absolutely brilliant rework of the soundtrack, and you have yourself a recipe for success. Lest you worry, all you DuckTales connoisseurs out there, even the Moon level’s iconic theme music is back and better than ever. My favorite tune from Remastered still has to be from the Transylvania stage, though.
The icing on the cake has to be the gameplay, which hasn’t aged a millisecond since 1989, and is still as appealing as ever. Bouncing around using Scrooge McDuck’s cane, whacking objects around to open treasure chests – it’s all back and just as addictive as it was before. Even as the DuckTales novice that I was prior to this game, I still found the gameplay highly entertaining. Despite this opinion, I find it necessary to point that my pogo move did not execute correctly every single time I pressed the button, leading to several in-game blunders. Aside from that flaw, I was completely satisfied.
DuckTales: Remastered is what all video game remakes strive to be. It takes the original product, splashes a fresh coat of paint on it, adds more content, and makes it worthwhile to the player to come back and re-experience its adventure. It goes without saying that this game hits all these goals with ease. Just bear in mind that the game is relatively short. After all, it is a remake of an NES game – not known for being 50+ hour marathons. Sure, the game may last only three or four hours hours if you’re really skilled at it, but by golly, those three or four hours are worth it!
If you’re looking to just kick back and have some fun, DuckTales: Remastered is right up your alley.