Windows PC (PS3, Xbox 360)
ESRB rating: Everyone
Review rating: 3.0 stars
My name is Jeb, and I watched the DuckTales TV show as an adult. There, I admitted it, and now I can move on with my life. Needless to say, I also wasted plenty of quarters playing the 1989 "DuckTales" arcade video game. Now Capcom has remade the title with a shiny coat of virtual paint, and a new generation can enjoy playing "DuckTales Remastered."
This remake offers the same five levels as the original, including the Amazon and the Himalayas, and adds a new tutorial level as well as a final level. Players control Uncle Scrooge as he saves his miniature cohorts from the dangers of each level. Let the platforming nostalgia commence!
It only takes a short time to realize that the memory of the game is much more enjoyable than actually playing. For starters, there really isn't much to do besides hop and bounce around each level trying to narrowly avoid enemies while searching for gems and secrets. Sure you can whack away at items, but there are no projectiles.
It seems like most of the challenge comes from poor collision detection and controls that aren't always reliable. I was surprised at how many profanities spewed from my mouth while playing a child's game. Maybe the developers should have reworked some of the game play in addition to the visuals.
Speaking of which, every level has been hand drawn to surpass the look of the original, and even Scrooge's costume has been redone. Some other additions to this version of the game include: achievements, unlockable concept art, reworked boss battles and new voice acting.
"DuckTales Remastered" is worth the nostalgic romp through an 8-bit classic, but only hardcore fans will play it more than once.