Ok letâ€™s get this out of the way: youâ€™re singing the song right now. I remember playing the original Duck Tales game back in the day, though not for very long. I did watch the TV show, like a lot!
For those who were a bit young for the duck phenomenon, Duck Tales was a Disney action-adventure cartoon centred on Scrooge McDuck, the richest duck in the world. Scrooge travels the globe searching for treasure to grow his wealth along with his grand-nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and a small badling of incompetent but lovable staff.
The game is no different. Scrooge discovers that the Beagle Boys (the local crime family) are invading his famous Money Bin - but they arenâ€™t looking for his riches, only a mysterious painting. The painting reveals four treasures scattered around the world (and one on the moon).
The gameplay is a basic platformer of the old-school variety. Jump, jump higher, climb ropes, dodge bad guys. Scrooge has a cane that he uses as a pogo stick to get to higher areas, and also to cross spiked floors. Itâ€™s also one of two ways to kill bad guys, by landing on their heads with the pogo stick enabled and itâ€™s the method used to beat most bosses.
The other way to kill enemies is to hit them with rocks. Walking up to a stationary object will make Scrooge use his cane like a golf club. You can then launch rocks to hit enemies or open chests to get rewards.
There are a few chests lying around and lots of gems. The gems arenâ€™t visible until you â€śpass through themâ€ť (either walking or jumping), then theyâ€™ll drop down. It took me a little while to get this concept. Also there are hidden areas at certain points on the map to go and get tonnes of loot but also increase your health bar (something I recommend).
There are five levels to collect the treasures plus the initial â€śtutorialâ€ť level in the Money Bin, and the extra final levels once you collect all five treasures. In a simple move, that I quite liked, you can collect the treasures in any order you want. So if you like you can do the moon level first and the Amazon last, and they are all as hard as each other so there is no linear progression in difficulty.
The coolest thing about this game though is the art. This is the HD remake and the characters actually look like they did in the cartoon. Moreover the game has brought back all of the original voice actors so that you almost drown in the nostalgia.
Before each mission you start back at the Money Bin where you can unlock concept art and music using the money you collected in the game. The character art is especially interesting as it includes images of what the original games characters looked like. In a word: blocky.
So what does the game contain? Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes? Two of the three. Do I get to solve a mystery? Yes. Or do any rewriting of history? No. Do I at least get to swim around in the money bin? YES!!!
As a bonus to the game, during the Money Bin sections you can dive into the three cubic acres of gold coins and swim about. The fun wears off quickly, but itâ€™s totally worth it.
I sat down and played this game from start to finish in one evening and didnâ€™t skip a single cutscene (I didnâ€™t even notice I wasnâ€™t skipping them until near the end). The entire time I was engrossed in the game and having genuine fun and it went by quite quickly, a duck blur, if you will. There was only slight frustration at the usual platform annoyances (â€śWhy wonâ€™t you jump like I want you too!?â€ť). The music might just make up for it though.