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Release year: 1989 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Capcom
Disney’s DuckTales (AKA わんぱくダック夢冒険: “The Naughty Duck Dream Adventure.” in Japan) is a 2D side-scrolling platform video game developed and published by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1989.
Capcom’s DuckTales is an action platformer that was released for the NES in 1989. It is based on Disney’s TV animated series, DuckTales, and follows the story of Scrooge McDuck as he collects treasures around the globe in order to be hailed the world’s richest duck (against his rival Flintheart Glomgold).
In this action platformer game, you will play the role of Scrooge McDuck and travel around the world (and outer space!) in order to search for the 5 treasures that can be found in 5 different destinations: African Mines, The Amazon, Transylvania, The Himalayas, and The Moon.
Your mission in the game is not to be an easy one, though, as there will be enemies along the way. But, as always, your cane comes in handy in difficult situations. You can use it to attack enemies on the ground, or bounce on it like a pogo stick to attack them from above. You can collect other treasures along the way, too, and maybe pick up some ice cream to restore your health. What’s more, cameo appearances from the TV series’ well-loved characters are bound to happen, so you need to watch out for them.
DuckTales’ 8-bit graphics are vivid and bright, and each game level (destination) features a unique theme. In fact, each game environment is so detailed that you can easily distinguish the African Mines from The Amazon.
Furthermore, each destination has its own unique challenges. For instance, Scrooge can’t use his cane as a pogo stick in The Himalayas stage because it would just sink into the snow. He would, therefore, have to go through this level walking normally for the most part. This also means that you would have to adjust your playing style according to the environment you’re traversing – and this keeps the game fresh, fun, and interesting.
Overall, DuckTales’ unique presentation in terms of gameplay and designs make it one of the best “licensed games” ever developed for the NES. It is worth revisiting (or playing for the first time) if you’re looking for classic platformers that have sufficient action and challenge to it.
Disney’s DuckTales has been ported to Nintendo NES (this version), Game Boy, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.