Aresmen Retro Video Game Review – Ducktales (NES)

Written by Francois Dufour. Posted in Games

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Published on April 18, 2012 with No Comments

Oh Hells Yes!

It’s Disney week here at Aresmen. You know what that means!

Okay, I guess you don’t.

Well, I’ll tell you what it means! It means we get to find out that the best way to defeat Dracula is to bounce off the motherfucker’s head with a cane!

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Earworm time!

Ah, Capcom. Only you could take a license as ridiculous as Ducktales and craft into something… fun. Children, fun licensed games are not a common thing. It’s just not happening. For every Ducktales, there are 17 squaheelion Fester’s Quests, Jurassic Parks, Friday the 13ths, Ghostbusters and Total Recalls. It’s not pretty.

Thankfully, Disney decided it may be a half-decent idea to actually hire competent developers for their games and Capcom hadokened this mother out.

How does it stack up?

Ducktales has you in control of the worlds most spry geriatric, Scrooge McDuck. The goal of the game is to cane-bounce your way through 5 worlds and… collect a boatload of treasure. What? No saving the world? Excellent.

So how’s the gameplay?

It’s excellent. Great platforming and level design, which is bolstered by Scrooge’s Mad (and hilarious) Cane Skillz. Capcom learned well from their Mega Man series in crafting this semi-hidden gem.

Your attacks consist of the aforementioned bouncing off of people’s heads and swinging your cane like a golf club to knock random objects at people.

I would like to repeat that.

Swinging your cane like a golf club to knock random objects at people.

I love this game.

So how do you defeat the aforementioned Dracula Duck? Well, you use his evil bat projectile against him! Oh, the sweet irony! You use the bat to vault high enough to pogo off that smug well-coiffed head of his. Take that, you Duckula wannabe bastard!

Video, you say? Here it is!

Check this one out if you can. Gamplay is great. Music is great. Not the most substance in the world, but definitely a fun little diversion, especially if you enjoyed the show back in the day. 

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