Posted on June 16, 2013 AT 09:24am
Many developers today would say that 1989′s DuckTales game on the NES opened their eyes to how a true adventure game should be made, which is why gamers everywhere were shocked and joyful when Capcom announced at PAX East that a newly-remastered version of the game would hit current-gen consoles later this summer. The line at that convention was ridiculous, with wait times almost reaching the two-hour mark to try it out. It didn’t quite help that Capcom only had one booth set up for it, which is why it was good to see that they learned their lesson and had quite a few areas to try it out this time around.
For this demo I had to travel to Count Dracula Duck’s castle to search for his coin, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. While walking around Huey, Dewey, and Louie fall into a trap, forcing Scrooge McDuck to go searching for his nephews. Throughout the level skeletal ducks, brute monster fowls, and ghosts fill the areas, making it hard in some places for Scrooge not to get hit by these undead beings. In some places you’ll have to ride in a mine cart and grab diamonds and rubies without being hit or falling to your death.
When coming across one of Scrooge’s nephews a mini-boss battle with a Beagle Boy disguised as a ghost starts up. Defeat each of the three Beagle Boys unlocks a piece of a riddle that can lead you to the treasure. Once you find the answer it leads to a fight with Magica de Spell, whose transformation powers make it hard to time your pogo cane maneuver to take her down.
It was a smart move for Disney to hire WayForward Technologies to create this remake of DuckTales, whose work on the 3DS Adventure Time game and Double Dragon Neon brought old-school gaming with a modern twist. Not only does it capture the magic of the original title, but it also brings about new things to the game that make it better. For one thing the animation and overall look of the game makes it feel like you’re watching the cartoon, and with all the voice actors returning to reprise their roles it adds a new life to a game that many consider to be timeless. Finally it controls like it did back in the day, using only two buttons to perform your jumps and attacks.
DuckTales Remastered hits Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, the Wii U eShop, and PC later this year.
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