Ducktales Game Review

Ducktales is a NES video game that was released during the 80s arcade game heyday and has managed to stand the test of time to become the classic it is today. Ducktales is easily one of NES’ greatest game ever developed and inspires many with its classic 8-bit graphics and fun and interactive gameplay. Plus the fact that a classic 80s cartoon inspires it makes this game a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The game was Capcom, the same team responsible for the Mega Man franchise. In fact, the game shares many defining features with Mega Man, including unique gameplay mechanics, non-linear level selection and some catchy sound effects.

Game Design and Graphics

If classic 8-bit gaming is your thing, then try out Ducktales for size. Not only is it a fun and entertaining game, the game is inspired by one of the most popular cartoons of the 80s and 90s and will cause memories to come flooding back. The retro look and feel only helps this cause, and while the graphics are as basic as can be expected from a game launched in the late 80s, it adds to the charm of the game.

Game Software

Capcom Co. Ltd is a Japanese video game developer known for creating some of the most popular video game titles throughout the 80s and 90s, including multi-million-selling franchises like Mega Man, Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Ace Attorney and more. The company was established in 1979 and has grown to become on the biggest video game developers in the world with subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia.

Game Storyline

Much like Mega Man, Ducktales takes players around the world in search of hidden treasures and plentiful rewards. The game introduces you to the greedy Scrooge McDuck, whose greedy attitude is the catalyst for the adventures that take place. The aim of every stage of the game is to collect as much money as possible. This all builds up to the final battle against the game boss for one of the secret treasures. There are five stages to go through, namely Transylvania, the Amazon, the Moon, the Himalayas, and the African Mine. Your character is equipped with a versatile cane, which can be used to bounce of any surface, smack blocks around, although it cannot be used to directly attack an enemy. Each level is populated with gems and chests while it is constructed in a way that forces you to explore every inch of it, which will be helpful since you could stumble upon a gem worth a cool 50 000.

Positive and Negative Impression

Capcom is one of the biggest game developers in the world, so expectations were high and fans will not be disappointed. The game replicates the theme and tone of the original cartoon in the most faithful way, while the 8-bit graphics and catchy sound effects makes for an interesting and entertaining experience with a touch of nostalgia thrown in. It is one of the best games to come out of the 90s and after so long, has managed to retain its charm and shine. While it is overall a highly entertaining game, players hard-core gamers may be slightly disappointed by the lacklustre bosses, while the main antagonists could seem a underutilised and the weapons slightly underwhelming. Other than that, both novice and experienced players should be happy with the gaming experience as you join the misadventures of Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey and Louie. If you really loved this game, be sure to check out the sequel, creatively named Ducktales 2, which followed in 1993.