DuckTales Remastered by Capcom

intro“Life is like a hurricane
Here in Duckburg
Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes
It’s a duck-blur
Might solve a mystery
Or rewrite history

DuckTales (oooh ooooh)”

As you may have guessed by the less than subtle hint, the DuckTales are getting a new game. Well at least technically new after all it has been a long time since the first Ducktales game, around 24 years in fact since the original was released for the NES. The original game was published by none other than Capcom, which may surprise those who would only associate it with more well-known titles such as Resident Evil. The game was an adaptation based on the TV series of the same name and, as adaptations go, it was a great one, which is a rarity in itself these days.

DuckTales was well received upon its original release, often being a subject for NES nostalgia among fans; the game itself is a fine example of some of the work Capcom were doing back in the 80s and 90s. The original game saw the main character “Scrooge Mc Duck” travelling around the world finding lost treasures to become the worlds richest duck, using his trusty iconic cane to whack his way through obstacles. Scrooge can also use his cane as a pogo stick allowing him to reach higher ground defeat enemies from above and avoid some hazardous obstacles. The game provided the player with colourful graphics, tight-play control and offering a non-linear game-play experience.

The original game was delivered in 8 bit architecture, even so it was still a fun game; after all as hard as it is to believe 8 bit was once all the rage. Just by looking at the pictures or trailer for the new game invoke a happy sentimental feeling of fun, no doubt there will be a few achievements to get along the way.

8 bit to 2d

The original 8bit Version compared to the upcoming Remastered version.

Capcom are now bringing the game up-to-date for a new generation of gamers to enjoy, in addition to creating a fresher experience for fans of the original, recreating a golden gem not just of nostalgic gaming but of a much loved TV series. The new game title gets straight to the point with “DuckTales Remastered”. Essentially the game will be the same in all aspects but with an overhaul using things such as current generation graphics and processing power to name but two. The new game also promises new hand drawn sprites along with original voice-overs.

Currently DuckTales is being published for the PSN, Wii-U and XBLA platform’s for a relatively low price of $15 which converted in UK sterling works out at around £9- £10 which is pretty good for a downloadable network game. The game will be developed by WayForward Technologies, the announcement comes as one of two new games teased by Capcom; the other being Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara.

The advancement in technology and gaming is very apparent with the reveal trailer compared to the original game, now offering 2D characters in 3D modelled levels, looking just as though you were watching a rerun of the series. It’s both interesting and great to see that some of the more well renowned classic games are being revived; even though they may feel familiar, the experience promises to be be brand new.

Camp fire

Lighting and shadows make levels stand out vividly.

The game is made up of five levels which can be played in any order of the players choosing, much like the mega man games were. At the end of each level Scrooge must face off with a boss, once the five levels have been completed the player is transported to Transylvania for the final boss fight. Once complete you can also revisit levels in order to find items which unlock parts of other levels.  The controls will be fairly simplistic to master; it will be one of those games you can just pick up your controller and jump straight into.

platform 1

Lots of platforming fun to be had.

The game won’t be overly long in terms of game-play hours; it will be relatively short depending how you play it, this won’t deter fans who have waited so long for a remake or for those looking for a fun filled experience down memory lane. In truth what fan can resist the charm of such a proposed title, with pure and simple platforming  fun and such an infectious intro song to get you in the mood.

DuckTales Remastered is set for a an unspecified date in Summer of 2013 with the possibility of being made available to portable devices such as the PS Vita.  I will most definitely be downloading this classic to relive a great game in its new found glory; the question is will you?

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Author:Jonathan Cullen

Very technologically minded Techie, avid gamer right from the old Commodore 64 up to the next gen consoles, complicated, understanding person, there for my friends.

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