GAME NAME: Duck Tales: HD Remastered
DEVELOPER(S): WayForward Technologies
PLATFORM(S): PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U
RELEASE DATE(S): 15 August 2013
Duck Tales was more than simply an outstanding game of 1989. It’s one of the most cherished NES titles of our time and is one of the best collaborations between Disney and a third-party developer to date. So, after much pleading and crying from fans around the world, we finally have the HD version, but is it what we were quacking for?
Unlike the NES version, things start off with an introduction level in Duckberg where a bunch of Beagles break into Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin, having just escaped from a nearby prison. It’s Scrooge to the rescue… to save them dollar bills. Upon his arrival however, he finds that Huey, Dewey and Louie have been captured by the scumbags and need saving. It’s here that you’ll learn to get to grips with the bounce of the Pogo Stick (it deserves to be capitalised) and it’s where you’re introduced to the biggest flaw of this remake – interrupting dialogue. There is good news though, the cinematics can be skipped.
Having defeated the introduction level boss, Scrooge finds himself in his Money Bin vault area with more levels for you to choose from. Like the NES version, the levels can be played in any order you desire and yes, it’s the original levels from the NES version. The Amazon, Transylvania, African Mines, The Himalayas and The Moon have been successfully remastered to look all shiny and new on your HD telly. The backdrops and overall artwork have stayed faithful to the original and is a good showcase of how to update an 8-bit game. But that’s not why we all love the Duck Tales game – it’s all about the Pogo Stick. The first time you bounce on one of those gorillas in the Amazon level, you’ll feel goose bumps running down the back of your spine. It’s nostalgia done right and is just as addictive and polished as you remember it being.