DuckTales: Remastered is a beautiful hand-crafted reimagining of one of the most cherished 8-bit titles of all time. Go back to one of the golden ages of gaming, now refined with a level of detail that will please the most hardened devoted Disney or retro Capcom fan alike.
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Release Date: Aug 13, 2013

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DuckTales: Remastered is a beautiful hand-crafted reimagining of one of the most cherished 8-bit titles of all time. Go back to one of the golden ages of gaming, now refined with a level of detail that will please the most hardened devoted Disney or retro Capcom fan alike. Featuring hand-drawn animated sprites, authentic Disney character voices talent and richly painted level backgrounds from the classic cartoon TV series, Scrooge McDuck and family come to life like never before. The gameplay retains the authenticity of its 8-bit predecessor; simple and fun, with slight modifications to improve gameplay flow and design. Embark on an authentic DuckTales adventure, as Scrooge McDuck and his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie travel to exotic locations throughout the world in their quest to retrieve the five Legendary Treasures.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows®XP™ SP2, Windows®Vista™ or Windows®7
    • Processor: Intel™ Pentium 4 2.4 ghz with Hyper Threading
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® Geforce 9600GT, AMD® Radeon™ HD 3870 or higher (it must be able to manage Pixel Shader 3.0) with at least 512MB of display memory.
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows®XP™ SP2, Windows®Vista™ or Windows®7
    • Processor: Intel™ Core 2 Duo / AMD™ Athlon 64 X2 or higher.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce™ 200 series or higher, AMD® Radeon™ HD5000 series or higher (it must be able to manage Pixel Shader 3.0) with at least 512MB of display memory.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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GQsmoothie
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Great game, it reminded me of my childhood when I used to watch Ducktales, and also brought me back to how frustrating some platformers can be on bosses and such lol.

I had no issues with the game freezing or bugging out like many have stated.

Definetely worth a play through once

8/10
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SirEdward
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Remastered graphics, not gampelay. Awful.
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juananto.hc
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
This game is amazing, I played the original NES version and I loved it, this one mantains the essence of the original but with an amazing and beautiful remastered art, I can't believe that the game features the Original voices of the cast specially the now late Alan Young as Scrooge McDuck.
I was fan of the series and this is a very nostalgic game that is totally worth it.
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pokemontrainerv1
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Game plays pretty good until I got to the last boss. It started lagging so bad it made it impossible to win.
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Guru Pitka
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Pick up only on sale - $5, great little fun game to play for a few hours one day when you are bored.
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Bubidibop
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
It was what I expected. Bought it on sale so I don't regret my 4 euro.
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ReliTurino
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Truly a great re-master of a classic game. The only thing I wish it had was a volume control. The game is quite loud when playing, so be prepared to adjust your volume settings in your OS. Other than that - GREAT GAME... easily a "Must Buy" for your library.
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vmystikilv
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Best 5 dollars I ever spent. Played through with no problems. GTX Titan X
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CAINe
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Bugs and not that close to the original. Also got some hidden walls that's stands in the way :/
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
51 of 63 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
TL;DR: No option to lower audio volume in game, is incredibly loud. Game is broken for many NVIDIA card owners and if you are affected it will freeze in the final cutscene before the final battle. They apparently aren't working on a fix, so I can't recommend it at this point.

Score without bug 9/10
Score with bug 6/10 (I enjoyed the game very much up until the final battle, but it's too frustrating not being able to complete it at all)

I loved this game and was incredibly happy when they announced this HD Remake. The only thing that really really annoyed me was the fact that the game has no option to turn the sound down (RIP Headset users), which meant I had to put my Windows sound regulator bar so far into the bottom that it was almost impossible to play while chatting with friends on teamspeak. If you don't turn the sound down, your ears will start bleeding from the epic Ducktales theme as soon as you hit the Welcome Screen.

I eventually managed to somehow get it to a bearable level and was able to play the game (on hard difficulty) without any issues whatsoever. The controller support is great and I highly recommend using one.


The fundamental problem, and the reason why I cannot recommend this game at this point, is the fact that there is a game breaking bug which prevents you from finishing the game because it freezes to death during the cutscene prior to the final boss battle. As far as I am informed, this problem only exists with NVIDIA cards, and it doesn't matter which one you have (I have a GTX 970).

Thus far, the developers have not done anything to address this issue. I haven't seen one post on the Forums about it and it is unclear if they are even working on a fix. My gut tells me they are not, yet they do not hesitate to put this game out on sale.
There are supposed fixes around, but they require a lot of work and I simply can not be bothered to fix something that is not my fault as a customer.

If they ever fix the bug I will happily change this review.
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Game froze on final boss. Game impossible to finish. blueballs/10
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Good game.
Crashes every time you get to the final boss though.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
No problems completing the game. Have been using 2 GeForce 760 in SLI configuration and I haven't experienced any crash.

This game has reminded me how difficult were some platformers when I was a teenager (~1995) and the great quantity of hours spent completing them.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
You cant turn off music, and your game crashes on the very end cutscene making redo the entire level
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
This game is amazing, I played the original NES version and I loved it, this one mantains the essence of the original but with an amazing and beautiful remastered art, I can't believe that the game features the Original voices of the cast specially the now late Alan Young as Scrooge McDuck.
I was fan of the series and this is a very nostalgic game that is totally worth it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
I just noticed Duck Tales: Remastered was on sale for $5. That is the most I would recommend that you pay for this game. In terms of what you are getting, there are two aspects to this game: (1) a very simple 2-button side-scroller kids game and (2) nostalgia. Some gamers will value one more than the other; some will want both. I value DuckTales: Remastered at about $2.50 for the genre and $2.50 for the nostalgia, in comparison to other games out there on Steam.

The emulated version of the original Duck Tales game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) back in the late 1980s is available for free on the internet and is legal to download, own, copy, etc. You can play the 8-bit version and compare it to this one.

The obvious differences you'll notice in this version offered here on Steam are the upgrades to the graphics and sound. Hence, for a very simple 2-button side-scroller kids game, you will be able to expend a few hours of your life hopping around and trying not to get hit by things or to fall into pits. However, this genre of 2-D, 2-button, side-scrolling kids action means that you won't be developing your character (such as "leveling up"), or carrying around an inventory of various items, or solving challenging puzzles. Instead, you will simply be jumping and bouncing on top of bad guys, occasionally golf-shotting less than 20 rocks all game. Very straightforward; very simple; not a bad way to spend your time, especially for $2.50.

In terms of nostalgia, this particular game (the "Remastered" version) is unique for a few different reasons when compared to other games on the market, especially of the same genre. For starters, it's based on a wildly popular Disney cartoon series from almost 20 years, and they even brought back the voice actors of the popular series to do some voice-overs for this game (during the cut scenes between stages). Also, Duck Tales: Remastered is a faithful rendition of the original NES game, which itself was a smash hit. The familiarity of the simple gameplay and kids action genre will remind you of what it was like to play games as a younger person. Essentially, playing Duck Tales (the original or the Remastered versions) will make you feel like you are participating in a Duck Tales cartoon episode. For $2.50, that's pretty cool for a few hours of your life. I analogize this to buying six episodes of the show on DVD, for example.

So if you only prefer simple kids games but don't care about the popular Disney cartoon series or the original NES version, then I'd recommend that you get this game when it finally goes on sale for $2.99 or less. If you are nothing but a lover of popular Disney stuff (especially Duck Tales) and/or love remakes of great old-school video games, then I'd recommend that you get this game when it finally goes on sale for $2.99 or less. If you are a diehard fan of both the genre and the associated nostalgia, then I'd recommend you pay no more than $4.99 for Duck Tales: Remastered. (And I'd also recommend that you legally obtain an emulated version of the NES version in either case.)
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
322 of 369 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2013
DuckTales! Woo-oo!
The immortal classics have returned - with exactly the same gaming experience covered in perfectly remade visuals. Nothing less, nothing more. And if you feel like missing those good ol' times, this one would definitely do the trick.
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282 of 330 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
I’m downvoting this game with extreme prejudice because it has a crash bug which has been left unaddressed for over a year: players who have Nvidia cards with up-to-date drivers will find that the game will always freeze on the final boss. It seems that some recent version of Nvidia drivers broke some graphic effects in late-game cutscenes. Unfortunately, the rights to this game are a royal cluster of bureaucracy between Disney, CAPCOM, and WayForward, and nobody seems interested in addressing the issue, or even acknowledging that this game exists anymore. Basically, if you don’t have access to a PC without an Nvidia card, do not buy this game, as you will not be able to finish it without skipping specific cutscenes and using weird workarounds.

Aside from that unforgivable issue, the game is okay. It is a decent remix of the original DuckTales NES game, and is sure to bring waves of nostalgia to anyone who has fond memories of it. For the unfamiliar, DuckTales is a barebones, unremarkable platformer where the main gimmick is that you can bounce around on a pogo stick which can break bricks, defeat enemies, and cross dangerous terrain – think of Shovel Knight’s down-stab attack, but one that works nearly anywhere and not just on top of enemies.

But the game is certainly is a “remix” and very much not the same game as it used to be. Imagine the differences between Super Mario Bros. 3 and New Super Mario Bros, and you'll get a decent idea of how this game has been updated. Differences include:

- Save points! Unlike the NES game, you can save your game between levels and come back later (unless you’re an achievement hunter playing Extreme difficulty, in which case you’ll have to beat the whole game in one sitting anyway… sorry!).
- Greatly improved controls which make it much easier to master the pogo stick.
- Large changes in level design which make them easier, but the addition of more fetch quests make them longer.
- Bosses are harder and longer with the addition of long unskippable invulnerability periods.
- Some plot events have been removed, such as the Transylvania detour in the mines level, and the paywall in the Amazon level.
- Money collected in-game is more than just score, and can be spent on gallery unlocks.

The new sprite animations are absolutely adorable, and the soundtrack by Jake Kaufman (composer for Shovel Knight and the Shantae series) is just epic – the soundtrack alone is, in my opinion, worth more than the price of the game. But it seems that this game’s main draw is its storytelling and voice acting – several of the voice actors from the DuckTales TV show have returned to voice the characters, and the levels play out like an episode of the show with numerous cutscenes. This is where the game somewhat fell flat to me. Although the scripted cutscenes obviously had a lot of heart put into them, I found them mostly annoying, pointless, and not nearly as funny or clever as the show they try so hard to pay tribute to. After seeing each cutscene once, I saw no reason not to just slam on the “skip cinematic” button on all subsequent playthroughs, and that makes me a bit sad, because I feel like that’s where most of the charm of this remake is supposed to be coming from.

Final verdict: don’t buy, because we PC gamers need to put pressure and accountability on the corporate red tape which prevents developers from supporting the games they make. Talk with your wallet, as they say, because that’s the only way they’ll listen. Leaving a reproducible crash bug that prevents the game from being completed, especially near the end of the game when refunds aren’t available anymore, is simply unacceptable for everyone involved.

But if you want to ignore me and buy the game anyway, keep in mind that this is a game meant to be played with nostalgia goggles firmly glued to your face. If you’re a huge fan of the original NES game, then you’ll probably love this from beginning to end. But if you’ve never played DuckTales before, you might find the level design to be a bit empty, tedious, and pointless – you’d probably get more overall joy out of Shovel Knight. It’s not a terrible game by any means, but if you're a newcomer to the game then it probably won't blow you away.
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210 of 237 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
I'm almost 30 years old and I'm not ashamed to admit I absolutely love this game, I grew up with the original on "NES" and this remake was faithfully remastered, the beautiful sprite animation, remastered soundtrack and lots of extra artwork to unlock will keep you busy for a couple of hours easily.

This game makes me wish Capcom would bring more classic remakes to steam, especially "MegaMan: Powered Up" and "MagaMan: Maverick Hunter X" (PSP) the entire time I played this awesome game I couldn't help but be reminded of those two awesome remakes as well, COME ON CAPCOM, get off your ♥♥♥!!! Please :P

9/10
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